Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Feelin' The Heat

Bike 3 miles (commute)
Run 10 miles

It was hot today! The hottest day since we moved to Juneau last August. Our thermometer recorded a high of 70 for the day! It felt hotter.

I was going to go to the high school track for a speed workout today, but I found out this morning that the high school track is not at the high school. It's at the middle school which is about 15 miles away. I thought about riding my bike there but I just didn't have the time for that. I could have driven there but it just seemed pointless to burn a gallon of gas and 45 minutes of time so I could run around in circles instead of just running a speed workout from home. The only thing that changed was that my workout was based on time rather than distance. I was planning to run a 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1600, 1000, 800, 600, 400, 200 with a 400 recovery between each. Instead of doing these exact distances I estimated how long I thought it would take me to run these distances and pushed hard for that amount of time with 2:00 recovery between each one. Not quite as precise as running it on the track and tracking my splits, but why would I really care if I was running a 2:35 800 or a 2:45 800? The important thing is that I'm getting some speed work in. Overall I felt pretty good. I definitely was quite tired out by the last few intervals but this was pretty much my first legitimate speed workout in over a year. Next week for a speed workout I am going to bike out to the track on a day when I have more time and do 20 x 400 with 400 recovery between each one. I'm actually a bit curious to see what kind of 400 times I'll be running.


Unknown said...

Speed works. I've forgotten what that is. Guess that means I need to start doing some hill repeats!

WynnMan said...

70 degrees in Alaska! Damn that must have felt like a sauna. When I was there last summer however we had good weather and made a run up Mt. Marathon.

Looks like things are going well! Let me know if you need any info or stuff regarding Arrowhead someday. I run out at Afton and see Pierre the RD quite a bit.