I so nearly bagged this morning’s quality session. There was a pain in my ankle last night, and I was tired.
I’ll do the 2-mile warmup and see how I feel. So I did that, and the ankle behaved itself.
Well OK, lets start. 8 x 5 mins tempo pace with 30 second rests between.
This was the first real trial of my one-handed Garmin grip, which worked really well. Not only could I light it up at speed, but could sometimes just tilt it to catch the light from a nearby streetlamp. The sideways orientation helped too. It might even do for speed sessions in daylight.

Knowing that things were on track made a huge difference, but by the second interval I was promising myself to stop after six. By the fourth, That was modified to “if the wheels come off, which they probably will”. 30 seconds is not much time to get your breath back!

The wheels stayed on. Target pace: 7:20. Achieved: 7:22, 7:18, 7:22, 7:13 (!), 7:23, 7:28, 7:22, 7:17, 7:20. Average: 7:20. Nailed it.

What a difference a week makes. Apart from the Garmin, the other booster was knowing that I had run faster and further than this on the race on Sunday. It’s all mental.


3 Responses to “Mental”

  1. 1 Christi March 18, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Way to push yourself through your workout!!!!

  2. 2 Flo March 18, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Whoa Speed King! What a great workout and how lovely is the phrase “nailed it!” Isn’t it funny about the mental aspect, that sometimes we need outer cues to tell us what we’re capable of (ie a successful race). Glad the Garmin Grip© worked out, too.

  1. 1 Mental II « Running Slightly Late Trackback on September 7, 2009 at 2:34 pm

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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)


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