I did a speed workout tonight, after several weeks of slacking off on these tough but essential runs. The plan: 4-5 X 1000 at 5K pace with 400 jog recovery. The pace: 7:24-7:30/mile.
In minute 2 of repetition 1, my creaky body woke up and said, "Hello! This hurts."
"Shut up and run," I replied.
Repetition 2 wasn't as painful, surprisingly. Or was it my body just getting used to the strain on my lungs and muscles?
I grimly hung on in Repetition 3.
Repetition 4: "This is the last one," I thought. No 5th rep. Conveniently, I was already 15 minutes late in getting home. Sucking air and with my form faltering slightly, I finished.
It wasn't pretty. But hopefully, it'll help me gain some speed at MCM. Over and out.