The other day I worked through lunch and took the opportunity to come home a bit early from work. When I got home I had an hour to kill before picking the girls up from school & daycare. At that point I realized that I had two options – I could flop down on the couch with the kindle app on my ipad, and a nice cuppa tea, OR I could get out and do my speed work that I had missed the day before. I opted for the speed work but was faced with a dilemma – where could I run 1 mile repeats? The last time I went to the high school track I found that the gate was locked, and had to jog back home.
I then remembered that the crescent is 800m – twice around is a mile! Eureka!!! Problem solved!!
I grabbed my gear and headed out for my run. Two laps around was my 1 mile warm up, I felt pretty good and ready to push myself. I then started the speed work that my training plan called for: two 1 mile repeats at 7:54/mi pace with an 800m (1/2 mile) recovery. Running a sub 8 minute mile scared me as I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve done that.
I don’t know why I worried – once I found the right pace I could hold 7:54 with a bit of effort – knowing exactly how much further I had to hold it for made it easier – I could tell just how much was left by where I was on the crescent. That said, the 800m recovery jog felt like heaven!
I then embarked on the second repeat. Knowing how 7:54 feels really helped me to get to the right pace. The first lap was a piece of cake (mmmmmmm… cake!). Then as I was half way through the second lap I felt really confident – “I got this!”, I said to myself…..
That oh-too-familiar sudden piercing pain hit my hamstring like someone shot an arrow into me. As I stopped I may have said some things that would make a trucker blush.
Yep – my nemesis, the hamstring strain. I slowed right down and walked straight to my house to complain on facebook about my injury and to ice it.
Speed bump! *
I guess I tried to go too fast and my body put up a speed bump sign. And just to make sure I saw the sign, my body put up a second sign – I woke up on Thursday morning with a cough, sore throat and body aches. The double over-training whammy: A cold and an injury.
Now I could have continued running, but I tend to think that when my body gives me a sign that I should listen. Resting the past few days has been very much needed, I feel so much better, and I can’t wait to get back to running tomorrow.
Do you slow down and listen when your body puts up a speed bump sign?
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