Most of the time I enjoy running. I love when I can run with friends. I also love the quiet moments I have when I run on my own. I love the easy run days when I can enjoy the simplicity of it all. And I especially love nailing hard workouts and finishing feeling strong. But every workout is not great and sometimes I do not feel strong. In fact, I do not feel good at all. I had one of these runs yesterday.
The workout: Threshold session- 12 miles total
1.5 mile warm-up
15 K (9.3 miles) @ 15K-HM pace
1.2 mile cool-down
I knew going into it that this would be a hard workout. I have a 15K on Feb 2nd and a half marathon on Feb 9th so this was going to be a key workout in my training. For various reasons I thought the treadmill would be my best option.
The warm-up was around an 8:10 pace and very uneventful. I tried to focus my mind as if I were about to run a real race. In my upcoming 15K I would really like to break 60 minutes. This requires averaging a 6:27. I don’t know if I am quite ready for that. In the 10K I did on the TM last week I averaged a 6:20. I just couldn’t see running 3.1 more miles and only slowing my pace by 7 seconds per mile. So I decided for this run to set the TM to a 6:30-something and see how it felt. I ended up settling with a 6:35 and hoped I could lower it as the run went on. I did not plan on stopping the treadmill for any breaks.
Mile 1- 6:40. A little slower because TM started slow and had to pick up the pace.
Mile 2- 6:35. Felt ok but I knew I had a long way to go.
Mile 3- 6:35. This is taking forever.
Mile 4- 6:35. I’m over 1/3 of the way done. One mile at a time.
Mile 5- 6:35. After this mile I will be over half way done.
Mile 6- 6:35. Hold on to the 10K and then I’ll be 2/3 done.
Mile 7- 6:35. Getting hard to focus. I started counting down minutes. Tried to get a sip of water from my water bottle without stopping or slowing TM.
Mile 8- 6:35. WHAT WAS I THINKING? WHY AM I DOING THIS?? I am NOT a good runner. I can’t break 60 minutes. Am I even going to beat last year’s time? I am so hot. (And I do NOT mean in the looking good way. My shirt was soaked and I was dripping sweat all over TM.)
Mile 9- 6:22. I made myself pick it up the last mile as I mentally counted down laps around a track.
Mile 9.3- ?? When I realized I could possibly finish before the TM read “1:01” I decided to pick it up so I set TM to a 5:40 and sprinted as fast as I could to the finish. As soon as the treadmill read “9.3” I slammed the STOP button and got off so I could walk around a few seconds.
Final time- 1:00:58 (6:33 avg.)
I walked around and drank some water. I tried to get back on the TM for my cool-down but did not make it very far at all. I started feeling dizzy and sick. I was dehydrated and feeling overheated. I knew I needed to lay down asap so I didn’t pass out. I made my way to the back of the gym by the scales and ab rollers. I laid down for a few minutes to catch my breath. After the sick feeling passed I decided I was well enough to get up but I didn’t want to even attempt to finish my cool-down. I was done.
I am glad I was able to finish the actual 15K portion of my workout but it was not pretty. I may have pushed myself a little too far and it got really hard to stay positive the last 5K. Ughhh. Feeling dizzy/ lightheaded and sick is never a good way to end a workout. I am not proud of the negative thoughts I let myself think in the last 5K. I didn’t stop running so maybe I should at least be glad in that. Maybe this made me mentally stronger for my race. Who knows.
So I’m just going to try to move on from this one. Will I ever run a 15K on a TM again? I don’t know. It definitely won’t be any time soon I hope. FYI- This workout really wasn’t in my original schedule from Advanced Marathoning. The original schedule called for a 12 mile run with 7 miles at 15 K pace but I wanted to add the extra 2.3 miles to make it a real 15K. So I have no one to blame but myself.
Anyway, hopefully the rest of the week will be better with this one behind me. Got to move on.