"We are going to do 8 - 800 repeats with 30 seconds of recovery between each set." he told me. I thought, "Ok..how 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 (www.luckyslakeswim.com) 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!