After walking Bennie and then relaxing for a minute I decided to get back out there and get going on my weekly speedwork. Actually I was looking forward to the challenge, because I knew that it was going to be warmer.
Planned run and focus: 10 x .26 and 2-4 x 200 at 80-90% effort. I am still not attempting to go into the well and keep the body in one piece for when training starts again.
- Course: Philbrick No Track Tuesday
- Weather: Sunny, 75*F, Humidity 52%, 5 mph NNW
- Distance: 6.39
- Time: 56:49
- Pace: 8:53
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What did I do well?
I kept at it even though it was hot and sunny. I ran without my glasses and wore a buff to wipe the sweat out of my eyes. That really seemed to help with not having to worry about the sweat making the eyes really hurt and I needed to focus more because I can’t see all that well without my glasses.
What do I need to work on?
Mental toughness wasn’t a strong point today. Also I didn’t too well staying aware of my surroundings towards the end of the run. On the second to last 200 a runner came out of the Circle and I never saw her until she crossed right in front of me. I had a really bad case of tunnel vision and was only looking for cars, not other runners.
At the last moment I decided to use my Nike Zoom Fly SP, I wanted to find out if they did any better than the other go faster shoes that I have been wearing. The answer was not really. I am slower this year than last year, but I kind of expected that, so it is not the shoes, it is me. 🙂
The SPs did fine and were comfortable, next week I think I will either use the Razor 3-8.5s or Beacon v1 to see how they compare. It is kind of nice to not have any real pressure to perform and see which shoes work the best for me over a longer period of time.
What was I thinking?
After the first quarter, I was already thinking that this is gonna suck. The heat while only in the mid ’70s was a bit more than I expected, especially when I was in the full sun and as much as I tried to focus on the music beat, I had a hard time mentally.
When I attempt to run faster all that form work that I have been working on just goes right out the window, especially the arm swing. In order to feel comfortable running at the faster paces I raise my arms more up towards my chest. That keeping them lower or at 90* angle just does not feel right.
So I have a feeling that while the running tall part, keeping the feet pointed straight ahead work fine, the arm swing is just going to have to be my own. I also noticed that my right arm tends to come across my body a little more often when I am running faster, so I am compensating for something with that as well.
Overall, not a bad workout and I did what I wanted.
- Got in some faster pace work
- Made it through the workout without damaging the hamstrings
- Found out how the Zoom Fly SPs worked in comparison to other go faster shoes.