Wasn’t sure what was going to happen tonight on the treadmill. I got on with a sore back and a headache…after about 5 minutes both of those worries were gone. Whoohoo!
I did my version of intervals tonight – 1 minute at a slower speed, 1 minute at a faster speed, 1 minute back at the slower speed and 2 minutes at the faster speed for a total of 5 minutes. Then repeat with no breaks. I picked the “slow speed” tonight to be 7.5 mph which was still a decent push and the fast speed to 9 mph. After 2 of these cycles I started bumping how fast the fast speed was by 0.1 mph each time I went fast. In the end I hit 10 mph for the last 1:46. A very solid run and possibly the fastest I have done a 5 miler in a long time.
And now there are just two more runs to go this week before the Run at the Ridge Family 2k on Saturday with my wife and kids. Should be fun – going to let the boy (almost 8) run full tilt and see what happens. I will drift along behind in case he has any issues. My wife and daughter (5.5) will run together and probably be back a little ways. My daughter is super pumped because my wife is making her a running skirt. After the run there is a family breakfast that the kids enjoyed last year too, so I’m actually looking forward to the whole thing.
That should also be a nice little stress relief and leg stretch before the Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon on Sunday. I still don’t know where that race is going to fall – I still want to beat my PR of 1:46:11 but I would also be happy to come close to my top run from last fall of 1:47:14. Getting nervous at this point but it should be good.