Well. This RLRF program is no flipping joke. I learned that yesterday on the treadmill. I had originally planned to get up early Monday morning and head back to the track that I ran on last week. Buuuuttt I stayed out too late on Sunday and ended up sleeping a little later than I needed to and decided I would hit the treadmill at lunch.
The plan was a 10 minute warmup, 6 x 800’s at a 7:02 pace with 90 sec rest intervals and then a 10 minute cool down. It all sounded great until I hit the button on the treadmill to get me to 7:02. The treadmill was actually 7:03 but really, that one second didn’t matter. Holy Hard Workout. The first few sets were much easier than the last three.
I definitely walked the intervals (thank you again Alma for clarifying on dailymile-I was worried I had to run them) and enjoyed every second of the break. It was interesting to see that after the rest intervals I could keep up for about .25 miles and then I had to start holding on to the treadmill to not fall off. Yes, I admit, I had to hold on. And while holding on, I dropped F-Bombs and grunted. Thank goodness I was the only one in the room. The last one? Felt ready to vomit. I have NEVER had that feeling while running.
I was very glad to be finished and enjoyed the cool down. I walked for a minute or two and then ran at a 9:50 pace or so. 9:50 seemed insanely slow. When I finished I realized I looked like I had been swimming not running. The sweat was insane…and I had a towel to dry off while running that also looked like it had been dipped in water, not used to wipe my head. sorry, no pics, that would be scary.
I was really glad I did it on the treadmill. I can easily control my pace this way and stay out of the heat. I hope to eventually get to a track but I know for a fact I would not have been able to maintain that pace outside on my own yesterday. The treadmill is a great place to start. I will be honest, when I got off I was tired and light-headed but after getting home, stretching and getting more water…I felt amazing. Powerful.
Overall? Totally. Kick. Ass. Yes, it was hard. I thought to myself while running is this worth it? Just to be fast? Yep. To me it is. I need a challenge. I know I can run a 1/2 marathon, I know I can run a marathon. I want to get faster. I can’t wait to see my progress.