Did it – 5 mile Tempo

Motivating yourself to start a workout, especially a hard one, when it’s chilly and rainy is really, really tough. Especially when you’re tired, and napping sounds like SO much more fun.

But, I got out there. In part, because of the Jen Houck article I posted yesterday :). I know she’s out there hitting the roads every day, following a plan — and she has a whole heck of a lot more talent than I do – and that motivates me to get my butt out the door and try to work just as hard, if not harder.

Today’s workout: 10 miles, with 5 at tempo pace (6:15-6:20). My legs were a little dead at first, but the workout actually went great. My lungs actually feel pretty strong, which surprised me because I feel like I haven’t done nearly enough hard stuff, having just done a lot of base miles this winter. Total time for the 5 miles was 31:45. I think my best 8k is around 30:30 or so, and I’m hoping to be closer to 30:00 later this month at the Human Race 8k. With that in mind, is 31:45 a decent workout time? I’m not sure, but I’ll go ahead and chalk this up as an early sign of good fitness anyway.

Miles were: (2nd half more uphill)

So glad I got myself out the door 🙂 So lesson to all: For all of you that’ll struggle to get out the door this week because it’s damp, dreary, and chilly — remember what motivates you: an upcoming race, a goal PR, etc — and don’t let yourself take the easy way out :)!! You rarely regret the runs you do; you almost always regret the runs you skip.

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