Tempo tempo tempo run.
There are tons of ways to do Tempo Runs.
This is the official definition from Running Times- a periodical that is much admired and I think a little more “serious” than Runner’s World. I BELIEVE this is probably the CORRECT way to do it…
Since I am using most of Hal’s plan (well, 1.5 of his plan all smooshed together.) I thought I should do a Hal style Tempo.
I ALWAYS use the TM for tempos, simply because I am not a really great pace keeper.
So my plan was to run 5 mins, then speed up and speed up every 5 mins until about 20 mins and then slow down.
I started out and ran the first 10 mins at an incline. At the end of 10, I was feeling tired, and was able to put the incline down and increase the speed. Wow, having the incline down, was a relief. At the 20 min mark, I considered slowing back down, but I felt so good I decided to speed it up a notch and then the same at 25 min…and then for the last 2…So I ended up rather surprised. Firstly, I have not been running too well, probably due to the heat. So I enjoyed being able to be on the TM and run the entire run without feeling like death. Secondly, there were a lot of people staring at me in the gym. I sweat a lot. Guess they are not used to that! I had to mop down the treadmill entirely…I’m nice like that!
So Yaaay Monday! My “tempo” run which was not exactly a tempo….went really well. Lets see how the rest of the week goes.