Short and Sweet

My legs were still feeling pretty tired this evening, but I really wanted to go out and get a run in, so I opted for a very short run (3K) along the seafront.

Part of my reason for doing this was that I need to get used to running on tired legs for my first Ultra Marathon, but with my last couple of runs being long and slow, I figured I should also get in some kind of speed work before the BM10K next Sunday.

I wasn’t aiming to set any kind of PB. Just try to get some speed back. So I started off at what felt like a reasonably quick pace for the first half kilometre and then picked it up a bit and tried to hold on for as long as I could. This seemed to work and I didn’t really start to tire until the start of the third kilometre, when I slowed down to what turned out to be pretty close to my average pace for the first two.

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What was really nice about it though, was that unlike the 5K speed sessions that I normally do, it didn’t leave me feeling completely spent at the end. I’m not sure why that is. Perhaps it’s because it was only 3K; or perhaps it’s because my body is expecting to be running for longer now. Maybe it’s a combination of the two. I don’t know.

Whatever the reason though, it felt good to get out there and get some more Ks in for the week.

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10 responses to “Short and Sweet”

  1. Sam says :

    Well done on getting out and the speed

  2. Girl Runs Wild says :

    Great job! I beginning to seriously enjoy my speedwork and it turns out that I quite like running fast. 😉 It’s great to finish a tough session and feel good at the end of it. I think that’s often got more to do with what we did beforehand (that is, how well rested and recovered we are to tackle the session), than what happens in the session itself.

    • theblogrunner says :

      Rest is definitely key, and also not trying to go for broke every session! I’m very guilty of that, but am starting to learn to hold back on some sessions so that the tougher ones don’t leave me completely wiped out. 🙂

  3. 2 Cups 'N Run says :

    Running shorter distances than you are used to will leave you feeling much less tired. Great for speedwork.

  4. WalkToRio says :

    And soon 5km will feel like nothing.

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