On the cards was 4 x 1600m. I was planning on a mile warm up and cool down, and a quarter of a mile rest between repeats. I went out nice and slow. My legs felt tired. I worked it out, if I did what was planned it was 7 miles. 7 miles! That is ridiculous! I can't run 7 miles as a 'normal' run (i.e. not a long run). I thought about doing half a mile warm up and cool down. But at the half mile point, my legs didn't feel warmed up. I kept going.
I thought about only running 3 repeats. That means 1 mile less. Take off the recovery, that means 1.25 miles less. Yea. I can do that. So after my mile warm up, I went on to try and find my race pace.
I went a little too quick. 8 minutes 30 seconds for the first mile. I was feeling a little better. I walked for 0.1 of a mile, then jogged for 0.15 to reach a quarter of a mile. I decided I could turn around half way through my next repeat and head back. I tried to go easier, and focus on slowing down.
Half way through the repeat I thought I would go a quarter of a mile more, let's make it an even 3 miles, then I can turn around - for a total run of 6 miles. That sounds good.
I reached three miles, and thought, well - I only have a quarter of a mile to go until the end of my repeat. I can do 4 repeats. And that was it. Four repeats in the bag! Sometimes you just need to trick your mind.
The second mile I tried to slow it down a little. The third I just ran comfortable hard, and didn't look at my watch. The fourth was tough. I ran faster than my race pace, and the end hurt. By the end of it I was happy I was done!
I am so happy I managed to convince myself to go out and run this workout. It was tough, my legs felt tired - but not sore in anyway. A huge motivation is knowing there are great runners out there, and they do it. They are fast, but they work for their speed.
If I want to get faster I need to put in the hard work.