AM: I met Bryant, Bret, Jason, and Jon at the Dee Events Center parking lot, where Ben was just finishing his Strider's WRC 5k. We picked him up and headed out on a run. Bryant, Bret, and I were planning some mile reps. But as soon as we started running the snow started falling. After a four mile warm up Ben, Jason, and Jon headed out to finish an easy run and Bryant, Bret, and I started some mile reps.
Those two wanted faster reps with more rest, while my plan was high quantity on reps with very little rest. So we only ran the first one together. I was planning on 10 by one-mile at 5:10 with 1:00 rest. So I started on that quest. The first one wasn't too slick and I ran a 5:08. The second one got more slippery and I still managed a 5:11. But the third one got dangerously slippery and I decided it wasn't worth the risk of taking a bad fall to get this workout in. Plus it was extremely difficult to see with the snow blowing in my eyes. So after a 5:15 third one I called it off. Not finishing one workout is not going to kill my plans, while one bad fall could kill my plans.
It's frustrating because I feel like this week has been a waste. I wanted higher miles and I wanted better workouts. But, the week just felt blah and the workouts just didn't go according to plan. I feel like it was an important week in terms of PHX marathon prep and I just didn't really get the job done. I tried, but the travel, the lack of sleep, and the weather just didn't cooperate. I hope to get back on track next week as I feel I haven't had a good workout in like three weeks.
PM: MILE REPEATS
I couldn't help myself. I wanted to finish the workout I had to abandon this morning. So, I headed to the base gym and ran seven by one mile with 1:00 rest on the treadmill at a 1.5% incline (which according to this website is the incline most comparable to outdoor running: http://www.hillrunner.com/training/tmillchart.php)
I ran progressive splits. I started at 5:10 and figured I would ramp it up a couple seconds each rep until I got to seven reps or couldn't handle the pace anymore off the short rest. It went very well: 5:10 5:07 5:05 5:02 5:00 4:57 4:51
I'm glad I went back out again and got in a good workout. I feel much better now!