I’d been hoping for acceptable weather to do my speed interval workout today at the track, and yesterday it hit the mid-40s, so I figured the roads and other hard surfaces would be dry.
Well, I guessed wrong and half the track was covered with ice. It was a brisk 32 degrees when I got there and I briefly considered chucking it in for the treadmill. But the plan was for 12×200 meters followed by 4×100 meters, so I decided to just run the clear side of the track and recover by jogging back the other direction. No one else was utilizing the track, so me switching directions wasn’t a problem.
My workout was hindered a bit by my lingering flu/virus/stupid bug that causes me to hack uncontrollably the second I quit running. So that was fun. I was a 2-3 seconds off pace for the 200s but 2-3 seconds faster than goal for the 100s. I probably could’ve pushed the 200s more, but I wasn’t watching my Garmin for any of it. It’s really hard to run that speed and look at the watch while moving so I just don’t. I would’ve guessed I was running slower than what it turned out to be, probably because not so long ago that speed would’ve had me keeled over halfway through and this time it felt sustainable.
My throat feels raw tonight, and I may be taking a pass on the 5k I was planning to run tomorrow, especially since it’s supposed to be mid-30s and raining. I reserve the right to still run if I feel up to it in the morning, but considering the past two I’ve had trouble opening my right eye because of all the goop in it…