We got snow!
The city of Toronto woke up to a blast of winter this morning, with a few centimetres of the white stuff blanketing the city and practically immobilizing the morning commute for hours. Its funny how, in a country with the reputation for heavy snowfalls, there seems to be very little recollection of how to handle slippery road conditions. But I digress (and thank my lucky stars that I take transit to work).
With the snow it became obvious that while only one day earlier I had been out running on city sidewalks, today's run was going to have to be taken inside. I've mentioned it before but I'll say it again, I am not a huge fan of the treadmill. It's just plain B-O-R-I-N-G and running can be challenging enough without the added element of sheer tediousness. I'm practically yawning just thinking about it.
That said, I was committed to running and decided what better way to mix it up a little then to work on some speed training?
5 minute warmup @10:00/mile
intervals of 2 minutes @ 8:30 and 1 minute of walking
distance: 3 miles
For me a sub 9:00 mile is quick and not a pace I can maintain for any length of time. It is, on the other hand, a pace that I would love to one day run consistently. And the way I see it the only way to get faster is to practice. And practice I did. The run was tough (I was panting up a storm) but also invigorating! It feel amazing to run faster than usual, even if it was only 120 seconds at a time.
And you know what was even better? That 32 minutes went by super quick. Me likey!
The plan is to incorporate speed training into my weekly routine in the hopes that come May I will have improved my 10k time by 4 minutes, leaving me with a new PR of 55 minutes. The countdown to May 1st is on!
So tell me, did you get snow where you are? How long did it take you to get to work today (or were you lucky enough to get a snow day?
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