Tough run – phew


Reza in motion…

Today I went for some interval training which consisted of 1 km easy run followed by 3 times 200m sprint followed by a 3 km easy recovery run (was supposed to do 5 times but my legs were not cooperating). It was a tough one today and my heart rate went up to 98% MHR during the 200 sprint. In the intervals that I did in the past, the distance was about 100m and I could just about handle that. Today’s intervals was twice the distance. It was a tough one. I lost my steam when I reached 100m and had slowed down considerably at 150m.

I very nearly gave up swearing never to do this again. But I knew that I will never run this fast in any running event or for extended periods of time. These types of running is just used as part of training to increase my fitness and my race pace. I resisted temptation to give though I did reduce the intervals from 5 to 3.

My Polar FT60 told me that I was running at a maximum of 17.6km per minute. This is slower than Haile Gebrselassie’s marathon world record pace. I’m amazed that the top runers in the world can go faster than how I ran today. My sprint pace is their race pace. Wow…..

It was then an easy run to complete my 5km. Next time I do this I want to make sure I can finish the 5 intervals and I shouldn’t give up like that. It’s not good psychologically. I should have ran the 2 200m at whatever pace I could manage.

Big lesson. Finish what you started. Will do better next week……


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