Hello, Mojaves, it’s been awhile

Date: July 5, 2013

Distance: 1.7 run to track, 8 x 400 meters run, 8 x 400 meters walk, 1.7 mile walk home (5.4 miles total)

Time: Total time, about 1 hour 11 minutes

Mojaves: 1:50, 1:44, 1:44, 1:48, 1:44, 1:47: 1:43, 1:45 (Average: 1:46)pie

It’s been over a year since I’ve done any true speed work. And, in preparation for the September Big Cottonwood Canyon Half Marathon, I really want to get back at it. The downhill course promises fast times and the possibility of running a personal record (PR).

The fastest I’ve ever run a half marathon has been 2:03 and, in the back of my mind, I still lust for that sub-2-hour time. I’m honestly not sure if that 2:00 is within the realm of possibility as I continue to get older, but I know it won’t be for sure unless I start incorporating some speed work into my training plan.

So, off to the high school track I must go.

I wrote about Mojaves last May when I tried them for the first time. That post is found here. I wrote about them again that last time I’ve tried them–back in June 2012.

They are challenging–as is any type of running when you push yourself to go faster than what is comfortable.

Yep, I get that “I’m going to puke” feeling and have thoughts about how miserable I am while I am doing them, but when I run laps around a track at full speed, while noting my times on my Garmin, I feel like a “real athlete.” I’m not just comfortably plodding along, enjoying my music, but I’m pushing my limits a bit, focusing on my times, and setting measurable speed goals for myself–that makes me feel legit.

There’s another reward to consider as well. Not only am I increasing my odds of running a PR in September, but speed work burns mad calories.

So, where’s my pie?


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