Thursday, February 16, 2006

Intervals Again

It was that time of the week again. Intervals. I felt really stiff when I left home in the morning, and dreaded the time when the fast stuff would be starting. The weather didn’t help – very windy, and with gusts of rain from time to time. The schedule called for 3x1000 intervals with 2 minutes of jogging for recovery. As usual, I had to improvise, and ran 4:15 minutes hard with 2 minutes jogging. During the first interval I thought I was going to throw up, and the 2 minutes between the first and the second run were the shortest 2 minutes of my life. During the second run I was so concentrated that I didn’t even notice that the rain had started again – I noticed it only after I slowed down for the recovery. But strangely, I started to feel a lot better at that point. I ran the third interval, and then, on my way home, I thought what the hell, turned around, and added a fourth interval because I didn’t feel tired enough.
All in all the workout lasted about 55 minutes, and I feel fine, if a little stiff. Tomorrow I’ll do 12 miles, and an 8 miler either on Saturday or Sunday.

I also found a new picture of Caragh Lake. I liked it, and decided to turn it into my header. It’s taken from the top of the Devil’s Elbow, and you can see most of the lake. The HTML needs a little more tweaking, I’ll do it when I find a spare hour. Our house isn’t in the frame; it’s a bit further to the right. Still, it’s a nice scenery, isn’t it?

15 Feb: 5 recovery miles, 46:37, 9:19 pace
16 Feb: 6.5 miles, 56:18, 8:39 pace, with 4x1000 intervals

10 comments:

  1. Being concentrated is something so interesting while running, incredible you didn't even noted the rain, you should know the road very well.

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  2. mmm intervals, they do seem to last forever sometimes. and then the recovery feels like your watch is on fast-foward.

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  3. Nice work Thomas, sounds like you have enough endurance to keep going when others are ready to quit. It bodes well for the marathon.

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  4. I think it is always a good sign that you are working hard when you feel you need to throw up.

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  5. love the new header...how'd you get it to center?

    Good job on sticking with it!

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  6. Good job with the intervals, this is one thing that is seriously lacking in my training. You're going to do fabulous with your marathon.

    Your new header looks great, what a beautiful area to live at!

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  7. Your header is gorgeous! What a sight to see every day! Are you a father of twins? There is not much in your profile, so I can't tell.

    Great interval training! Your marathon is quickly approaching!

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  8. How do you measure your intervals? I need to start measuring 1000m for the new three day half training plan that I want to start next week and I don't know how to do it.
    Do you go to a track?

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