But it is VERY windy here today. And there was even blue sky. Amazing.
I got the program from Coach this evening and it called for a tempo run tomorrow. However, I am going with Sonja to a movie gala for high school student movie projects tomorrow evening, so I wouldn't be able to fit the tempo in. That meant that it was me and treadmill tonight.
I ran up to the gym and finished my warm up on the treadmill. The workout called for 12k at 3:40/km pace, which works out to 44:00 minutes. Last week's 10k at 3:45/km didn't go so hot, so I was unsure of what to expect tonight. I ran long yesterday and did strength in the afternoon, so I was carrying some fatigue but I reminded myself about the ENDURrun and how I would have to run hard on tired legs. I also tried to remain positive about my other workouts last week that went better than I had hoped. It was in this mindset that I pressed the increase speed button until it read 10.2 miles/hr.
I settled into the pace and listened to a couple of podcasts. Time definitely moves slower on a treadmill and I began to lose focus, with some negative self-talk creeping into my mind. Nothing terrible, but just wondering about if I could do the whole workout, wondering about why I was tired, wondering if everyone else felt this slow on a treadmill. Usually, 3:40's are comfortably quick for me, but I felt as though I was having to run fast to keep up. Podcasts finished and started and my heart rate kept creeping up, from 165 to 175. It was at 36 minutes that I finally pulled the plug and ran my cool down home in the cold windy night.
Not a bad workout, but I am not pleased that I wasn't able to complete it. I can look at the reasons (long run yesterday, tired legs, not the greatest nutrition today), and the I ran faster and longer than last week, but still, you know how it is. I could have physically done it, but it would have been hard and I wasn't mentally ready to go there. Oh well, at least the training is in the bank now.