So I had my first stress workout on Monday. Plan called for 2 miles warmup, 2 x 2 mile tempo interval (with 3 min active recovery in between each), 2 mile cooldown. Goal pace was 7:00->6:55. I hit the paces (6:54-> 6:52, 6:58-> 6:53), but it was a lot tougher than I would have liked. The first set was manageable, but I was exhausted by the mile part of the second set. I don’t think it should have felt that hard. UGH.
Truth is, I am trying really hard to not get down on my speed just yet. Ironman training put me in the best shape of my life – my fitness level is higher than it’s ever been. But, my run speed suffered. Something had to take a backseat…and for me, that was running. So although I can run 20 miles the day after a 100 mile bike ride, I cannot hold a speedy pace on a tempo run. My worry (fear?) is that my spring marathon goal is not feasible right now. My plan is to just focus on each speed workout, each long run the best I can and see how my body responds. I have 3 months until Philly. It seems like a long time but when you sit and look at the number of weeks, it really is not that much.