The hardest run (so far)

Posted on: 11 Sep 2009

Yesterday it was time for some speedwork. A 7-mile run split as follows:

1.25 miles warm-up run at 10:00 mile pace

3 x 1-mile @8:00 minute mile pace followed by 1/2 mile recovery jog

1.25 miles cool-down run at 10:00 mile pace

This was definitely the hardest workout I've done so far! The first two quick miles were not too bad but during my recovery jog after the 2nd, I was very much in two minds whether to go for the third. I did - and about 1/4 mile in I really was close to slowing down - but I managed to convince myself to keep going, though I was REALLY glad when I reached the end of that 3rd quick mile. The final cool-down part of the run was tough too, my legs were heavy, and it was hard work but I kept going and finished in 64:14. Although I was very tired at the end, I was really pleased with myself for sticking with it and felt a real sense of achievement. My previous fastest training run over 7 miles was 67:30 and I've only previously run more than 5 miles after work once before - and that was last week!

That 3rd quick mile - it felt like I was running close to my limit ... I'd look at my watch constantly, .1 of a mile gone, .2 gone - this is sooo hard, I must stop - .3 gone - this is getting scary, my heart can't cope - .4 gone - I'm nearly half-way, the first glimmer of hope that I could do it - .5 gone - halfway! I might be able to do it! - .6 gone, .7 gone - real encouragement now, go on, keep it going, you can do it - .8 gone - this is still hard - .9 gone - getting very tired, surely I must be there now - .95 gone - pleading with myself to slow down - 1 mile! - slow down rapidly - I've done it!!! ... followed quickly by the realisation that I've still got 1.75 miles to go to finish the run!

I was very tired for the rest of the evening and slept very soundly. I was expecting to feel stiff today but my legs are feeling pretty good and I'm now looking forward to an 8-mile run on Sunday - another first as it will be my longest training run to date!

Enjoy your running!

Tell us your story

Inspire and be inspired by sharing your health or fitness journey. Your blog will provide you with a permanent record of your progress, with the added bonus of motivation and encouragement from our members along the way.

* Manage my blogs