Today’s speed workout wasn’t that bad. It was a progression run, which in my opinion is the easiest of the speed workouts. The first three miles were a warm up so I started at a ten minute per mile pace and increased the speed each mile ending with a 9:40 pace. After that I began the speed progression part of the workout. For the next four miles I increased the speed every half mile and every quarter mile on the last two. My ending pace was 7:30, then I completed a one mile cool down. By the end of the progression I was pretty tired. I’m really glad that I woke up early to complete the run. There was a moment this morning when I thought about falling back asleep and completing the workout at 7 pm when I got off work; I’m really glad that did not happen.
Since I am staying in a hotel for the week I was able to run in the gym there. The hotel gym is pretty nice with all new equipment. During the run I watched various videos on the treadmill’s touch screen. This may be one of the reasons that today’s run wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Sometimes it is nice to have a mental distraction while completing a hard workout and that distraction this morning was in the form of videos of animals and music videos. After the run I completed some stretches and then left the gym. I’m really looking forward to running outside in the cool Boston air tomorrow morning!