Feeling sick last Tuesday foiled my plans for a triumphant return to Tempo Tuesdays, but I was able to make up for that yesterday!
Tuesday is also medium-long day this time around, which means tempo run at lunch and another run after work to finish off the miles. Whew!
I was nervously anticipating my first continuous tempo run of this cycle, and “lunch” couldn’t get here fast enough. I was out the door before my co-workers could start fighting over the microwave.
The plan: 2.5K warm-up, 6K tempo @ 4:50/KM, 1.5K cool-down
I have a bad habit of taking off like a rocket, so I looked down frequently during the first little bit. I kept seeing paces in the 4:15-4:20 range – whoooooahhh! (5K pace of my dreams, but definitely not tempo pace.) It took good couple of kilometres to find the pace without staring at my Garmin constantly, but once I found it I was cruising. The last few kilometres almost felt too easy. (Did I really just say that?) I need these to feel “comfortably hard”, but this one was definitely closer to “comfortable”. How could I tell? I wanted to keep going. Hubs says that means I should be running them faster. *gulp*
That’s 11.11 miles on 1/11/11. I can’t help it – I’m a numbers nerd!
I think I’ve mentioned before that my new shorter hair cut is really not conducive to lunch runs. Without the option of throwing it into a ponytail, I seem to end up looking like a haggard mess after a run. (In case you’re new – there are no showers here!) Winter hat-head combined with sweat-head is just not a good combination. Click here to see what it typically looks like after a run.
I discovered that the private washroom has an electric socket and I had an idea: I decided to bring my blow dryer and straightener along. (the bag just keeps getting heavier!) I’m sure my co-workers are wondering what the heck the racket is as they walk by the washroom door – but then, I don’t think anything surprises them anymore.
It’s not ideal, since I am essentially blow-drying the sweat directly out of my hair (yummy), but it seems to do the trick. I’m a bit more presentable, even if I’m no cleaner. Wouldn’t you love to come work beside me??
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