I woke up and immediately decided that today’s run wasn’t going to happen. After all, I still felt pain from Saturday’s 9 miles and plus our newborn hadn’t really let either myself or Wendy sleep well. I even worked on an excuse from running that involved such wisdom as when sleep might be more valuable than a workout, etc…
But Wendy asked me if I was going to go for a run and that was the end of it.
I slid off the bed, put my clothes on, walked outside and started up my Suunto. I started off as slow as I could (a 0:9:30 pace) for a half a mile. Then I did my first official burst of speedwork in my running career (anything to speak of, anyway). I ran a 0:6:06 for about 20 seconds (or .06 miles, which should be 100 meters…ish). I then dropped down to a 0:9:00 minute pace and felt fine. The following intervals were 0:6:06, 0:6:06, 0:6:45, 0:6:23, 0:5:22, 0:5:52, 0:5:37, 0:5:42, 0:5:58. We’re only talking about 15-20 second intervals, here. Let’s not get too excited.
Anyway, I did notice more pelvic and hip discomfort on this run, but fortunately my schedule calls for a day off, tomorrow, before I hit it hard for a 7 miles on Wednesday.
It’s exciting that I can even keep a pace of 5:22 for a few seconds. I’m not sure how this is supposed to work, but I can see that if I can get better at these types of workouts (sans injury), I should be able to get to the point in a couple of years, where I can qualify for Boston.
We shall see.