Like Peyton Manning, I’m calling an audible and changing the play. I figure “in for a penny, in for a pound” so this morning I shifted to the faster, sub-1:30 training plan. I’ll never accomplish anything worthwhile if I insist on playing it safe, right?
Of course, Mother Nature unleashed Snowpocolypse II: the Revenge overnight. Level II & III snow emergencies all across northwestern Ohio, including Lucas county. But making excuses won’t build results, so I dragged my butt into the car and drove to the YMCA to run that absurd 1/16th mile track for a HMP run.
Since I decided to shift to the faster program, I was anxious to have a good run and prove to myself that I could handle the faster pacing. So while I was driving to the gym, I ate a vanilla Clif Shot gel to top off my tank. It tasted and felt kinda like vanilla pudding – not necessarily a bad thing, I suppose. An energy gel is really not necessary for a 5mi run, but like I said – I was anxious.
Today’s workout was 1mi easy pace (8:00/mi) -> 3mi HMP (6:52/mi) -> 1mi easy pace (8:00/mi).
Conceptually, a simple workout. But I learned this morning that I have gotten very fuzzy on feeling a constant pace. Even trying to match a cadence to my music, I was pretty swingy on the pacing. I had to constantly check my watch to speed up or slow down. But the actual per-mile time was pretty dead on for each of the five miles (thanks for the assist, Garmin!).
Overall, I feel pretty good about my decision to switch to the Break-1:30 1/2 Marathon plan. My “test run” on Sunday and my training run today were both on pace for it. Looking forward to tomorrow’s 5mi easy run to stay on target.