First of all, had I known how FUN and EXHILARATING tempo runs were, I would have incorporated it into my runs a long time ago.
My running program went like this today:
5 min warm up walk
10 min easy jog at heart rate zone 3 (70-80% max)
15 sec run at 90%-95% effort
45 sec recovery (easy jog)
15 min easy jog at heart rate zone 3 (70-80% max)
5 min cool down walk
The crazy/amazing thing about today was that according to Garmin, I actually hit into the 6 minute mile area – HOLY CRAP!!! And the best part? I didn’t even run it at all-out! It wasn’t too long ago that I was freaking out about dipping into the 7’s but now 6’s??? At this rate, with a little extra elbow grease, qualifying for Boston could truly become a reality!
Although for hours afterwards the tempo run felt like nothing, as I sit typing at this very moment, my legs are starting to complain from soreness. I have an off day tomorrow and I welcome it!