So I had this workout on the schedule...I saw it Sunday and kinda went, gulp.
That's gonna be hard.
I thought about it often this week. I kept thinking how it was going to be hard, and how I was going to really need to dig deep and focus.
Coach Emily wants me to do some Yasso 800s. It's an aggressive pace for me to hold for an 800, but then again, I'm going for an aggressive pace for me for 26.2 miles. So what I needed to do was hit a track.
Except we got a SNOWSTORM yesterday. A FREAKING SNOWSTORM.
So track at 5:15am + snowstorm would not be a good idea. I opted for the treadmill...better than nothing.
This was my first attempt, so I was to do 5. I was supposed to start these before I got sick, so I'm definitely late to the game. But what's done is done--I have to look forward now. Coach gave me permission to do the first 2 at 8.1 mph and hold the last 3 at my required pace of 8.2 mph.
I know the tready is easier than the road, so I do know I need to get outside soon for these. But in the meantime, I decided to face the dread head-on. I loaded up the iPod with lots of new tunes and made a playlist entitled "ALL IN." I knew it would be handy while I was running staring at the wall the next morning.
I started to get pumped.
The alarm went off and I was ready. Bring it. I knew it would be a good run. I started and my warmup pace felt easier than it did on Tuesday...progress, noted.
Then I busted these things out.
The first 2 I did do at 8.1mph, and it was tough but doable. I did the next 2 at 8.2. Difficult. Done.
The last one I did at 8.3 since I felt guilty for being on a treadmill for these. It was very tough. But I put the Eminem on and really focused, and got it done.
So there's 5 Yassos. I need to work up to a few more, but it's a good start.
I was so pumped when I was done after the full 7+ miles that I did some upper body work, did one extra chin-up (yay!) but still workin' on those pull-ups...and even had time for breakfast, coffee, and a much-needed shower before work.
All day I've been in a good mood. I am feeling good. That workout made me feel good.
I'm starting to really believe.