The first speed workout of my Marine Corps Marathon training plan was scheduled for today. I dreaded it all day…it was so hot outside (97 degrees) and it just didn’t sound fun. I know that any sane person would have just done the run on the treadmill (easy to adjust speed, air conditioned) but I decided that I’d rather face the extreme temperatures than the treadmill. I detest treadmills.
I decided to go to a local track, wear my heart rate monitor and just be careful with my run. Thankfully, all of my dread and whining was not necessary. I survived the run…and it wasn’t that bad! I totally, 100% credit all of the intense hot yoga in helping me get through it. My heart rate never even got above 170. Success!
I ran 5 miles in 45 minutes. Mile 1 was a warm up, miles 2 and 3 were speed @ around an 8 minute pace and miles 4 and 5 were cool down.
A prime example that sometimes you just need to suck it up and get your workout done. Your body can surprise you sometimes!
Why speed workouts?
If you’ve checked out my Marine Corps Marathon training program, you’ve noticed that I’m only running three times per week. Because I’m running so little, each run has a very specific purpose. Speed and tempo workouts help your body learn how to deal with stress (very important for marathon runners!) and increase your lactic acid threshold. Basically, they help you become a more efficient runner.
Let me know if you want a bigger post on lactic acid -what it is and what it does to the body. I am happy to educate! 🙂
Have you ever incorporated speed or tempo runs as part of a training program?