Tempo Tuesday + Lunch Running Revolution

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

GO!

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*

The splits: 4:50, 4:52, 4:45, 4:46, 4:45, 4:40 (no breaks!)
Average tempo pace: 6K (3.7mi) @ 4:46/KM (7:40/mi)
After work, I rounded out my medium-long day with another run. My legs felt pretty decent, surprisingly, as I ran around the neighbourhood for 7.88 KM (4.9mi).

That’s 11.11 miles on 1/11/11. I can’t help it – I’m a numbers nerd!

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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.

It’s almost as bad as bed-head.

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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31 thoughts on “Tempo Tuesday + Lunch Running Revolution

  1. hahahha. cute bed hair look! hehei do that sometimes too. after i have worked out or ran and dont have time to wash and blowdry my hair, i just blow dry the sweat out. gross…i know. but hey, sometimes us runners gotta do wht we gotta do!also, awesome job on all ur runs, marlene! happy wednesday

  2. haha, I know how you feel. When I run at lunch and shower (we do have a shower at work) I always wonder what people are thinking when they hear me in there getting ready. It's just the tiniest bit awkward, but oh well, love me a lunchtime run!

  3. wow…awesome splits! It seems that NONE of the washrooms in our (large) building have outlets for me to be able to dry my hair…I don't think it would go over well if I went into a meeting room to dry it..

  4. Haha, you do look like you just woke up…but I have no doubts you got that hair looking awesome in microseconds! Me? I can't do anything to my hair, I am hair retarded! Can you say ponytail 90% of the time?Nice job back on those intervals, girl!! Woohoo!

  5. That is an advantage of longer hair — the sweat-slicked pony kinda hides the uggo truth. But, it sound as though you've come up with an innovative solution. I'd probably never think of that and I'd just look gross.

  6. I guess that's the one good thing about my long, straw-like hair – it does not seem to be bothered by sweaty winter hat head. But that's probably the only good thing about it. πŸ™‚

  7. Isn't it amazing when you realize that you are getting faster? It just happens and you don't even know it until you hit that 'this isn't that uncomfortable'Congrats to you on getting speedier. Maybe if you run faster the body won't have time to sweat and then no worries about bed/lunch time head.Keep on keepin' on Marlene. You motivate and inspire.

  8. Hehehe love the picture.. way to go speedy.. I am thinking of doing doubles with a run on the treadmill when I get home…but not sure I can commit myself to doing it..KM's are like another language to me.. I remember how excited you were when we passed a KM sign at Seattle Rock N Roll. speaking of rnr Zoe signed up for her FIRST Marathon!!

  9. You are the best lunchtime runner ever! As boring as they seem, there's much to be said for a ponytail. How about some of that dry spray-in shampoo? Now there's an experiment for you!

  10. Love the hair pic!I have a spiky hairdo, and so I use lots of gel and hairspray to make it stay put. Even a hard strength-training workout during lunch won't make my hair budge!

  11. well now that you're bringing in your hair appliances – why not dunk your head in the sink to help "rinse" some of the sweatiness out? blow drying sweat does not sound good… lol.and, i would consider investing in a "work" hair dryer and straightener so you don't have to lug them back and forth.

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