Love that quote and Top Gun and Tom Cruise before his crazy days!
Today happened to be my brother in law's weekly trip to visit with my niece and run with my husband. I tagged along too bc i haven't ran in 2 weeks now and really need to get back to it. I was not feeling it at all but knew i needed to! So I did what any good girl would do and went! so glad I did!
Winds were blowing at 22 mph. There is no way that you can run with the wind the entire time. At some point you have to come back into the wind which makes running that much more difficult.
I took off and felt like I might need to use the bathroom so I ran in that direction which also happened to be with the wind. I stopped my watch while I was in the bathroom and noticed that I had ran a .25 mile in a pretty good clip for me. Huh, I have been meaning to do speed work..... why not run another .25 mile and try to keep that pace? So I took off again, going with the wind and ran another .25 miles. Stopped my watch again while I caught my breath. Took off again, this time I only made it about .15 before I stopped, then did .1. I did that (.15, then .1) 2 more times for a total of 1.25 miles.
Granted it was broken up and I stopped my watch at the breaks which you shouldn't do, but I wanted to know what my pace during the sprint intervals was. I went my best mile time by 20-30 seconds. I haven't been able to get close to that time since December, so I was pretty pumped.
When I got home I picked up the old runners world i had been reading circa 2007 or 2008. (One of the joy's of working at the librar! When they dicarded their old magazines last summer I was able to get 3-4 years worth of old Runner's Worlds) The article I was supposed to read next was one that had 2 plans to get faster at 5K's. I read the first plan and was happy to know that minus the stopping - I did what I was supposed to!!!! It said do 4 x 400's. I did 2 x400 and 3 x (150 and 100) which I figure with the bruttle wind is close enough. It also said to jog slowly for the 2 minutes in between each one, which I also didnt do bc I wanted my total time and speed for the fast part.
Next time I'll add the 2 min jogging in and hit the lap button at my stopping points. I didnt think about it til just now that that's what I should have done and it would have given me the fast and slow lap speeds. Oh well, at least I know for next time! If only stopping your watch at breaks was legal and would count in a race!!!