Wednesday, July 2, 2008

800 Repeats..Repeat after me...this is not easy

Of the three triathlon disciplines, my least favorite is running.  No surprise for someone built for comfort and not for speed like I am but after a disappointing sprint triathlon this weekend, it was time to get serious about my weaknesses.  I met Hector at Howard Middle School where we discussed my running issues and then we addressed them.

"We are going to do 8 - 800 repeats with 30 seconds of recovery between each set." he told me.  I thought, " hard can this be..right?"

OMG!!!  Are you kidding?  This was B*&^CH.  First lap around the track was suppose to be at endurance pace while the second was suppose to be at a quicker tempo.  For someone who truly believes she has only ONE speed, understanding the difference between "endurance pace" and "10k pace" is something that has to be learned.  I just couldn't get it.  I tried to listen to my body but my times around the track were all over the place.  My first lap was way too fast...second a little too slow.  30 seconds rest.  Second set...again..first lap too fast...but second lap was where it should be.  By the 7th repeat, I was begging for mercy.  My heart rate was in zone 4 of 5 and I was whipped.  I did prove that I can run a lot faster mile than I thought but this workout was tough.  

Couple this day with a morning open water swim at Lucky's ( and it made for a challenging day of training.  The hours of training are starting to increase (I have 18 hours this week) and I am starting to feel the difficulty of getting two workouts in almost every day.  I keep telling myself that this is just a season of my life.  Just 17 weeks!! YIKES!  

1 comment:

Missy said...

Eeew, speedwork sux...I don't care who you are. I've been doing the same and I hate it. It works but I hate it. Hang in there on the speed work, it'll pay off in the end...even if we end by walking a little of that 'marathon.'