Today was one of the first days that I have done speed work in a long time. The workout called for a good warm up and then 3 miles at 6:40/mile pace. I have been racing below this pace so I felt like it was something I could handle however speed work has a way of messing with your head.
It is hard to imagine running at such a fast pace for so long without there being a finish line with bananas, gatorade, and a cheering section waiting for you cross the line. Instead, if you are like me, you are alone on the trail pushing yourself and checking your watch at the 1/2 mile marker to make sure you are on track. There is no water or support crew to hold traffic. There are no competitors except for the imaginary Kenyan you put in front of you as the Rabbit.
The good thing is, you can pass that Kenyan even when you've left everything on the trail and started walking. That Kenyan won't beat you. You can't let him/her do it. It's your imagination. Win.
Warm Up: .5 Miles at 7:55/mile
Tempo Run: 3 Miles at 6:34/mile
Cool Down: 1.3 Miles at 7:55/mile
This run felt good. I was strong throughout the run and did not have a hard time with keeping up the pace. I felt like I had a lot more in the tank, but kept to the plan and did not push harder than I needed to. I am looking forward to my slow run tomorrow and then the long run on Saturday.