Tag Archives: speedwork

Brutal 40 minute tempo

I like the Higdon intermediate 5k training plan, and use that to organize my workouts. It’s a 2 month plan that increases in difficulty. This year, I don’t have 2 months to train before my annual benchmark 5k, I have … Continue reading

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turning Halloween candy into speed

First speed work of the condensed training cycle: 5x400m 1×1 intervals. Work intervals ranged from 9’30" to 8’00" (I always make them harder as the workout progresses), and a 0.5mi cooldown at the end, for 3 miles even, 9’58" overall. … Continue reading

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Final speedwork

Not for forever, but at least for this cycle. The schedule called for 8×400, but I was severely time-constrained this morning so I wound up doing work interval 7, pausing a minute to catch my breath, and going directly to … Continue reading

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Just discomfort all around

Today’s workout was probably the hardest speed work of the whole 2 month plan: the 40 minute tempo run. Inside that label "tempo run", though, there’s all kinds of flexibility– how long for each section, what "comfortably hard" means. I … Continue reading

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Fast running fears

After the shitshow of the last 2 or 3 weeks at work, I took today off. Because I can. And it’s a beautiful day and I got a run in and I’ll go do some errands after lunch. On the … Continue reading

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Hard run for Halloween

Whew. 7x400m intervals today, banged ’em out in 39:26 (3.5mi). Work intervals were 10’00" or faster. Breathing is still a problem, though, and I’m worried that I got too heated and my nose is going to be irritated and runny … Continue reading

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Intervals surprise

Oh hey, we’re 2 months out from Thanksgiving– which means it’s time to start my training for the 5k I always run on Thanksgiving morning. I’m doing the Higdon intermediate 5k plan again, because it’s familiar and straightforward and I … Continue reading

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