I was slammed this morning at work. When I finally came up for air, it was already 1pm and my to-do list only 1/4 of the way done. The thought of eating lunch at my desk was incredibly unappealing – I needed to get out of the office. At 1:09, I grabbed my gym bag and headed out to Gold’s for a workout.
Since I was on my lunch break, getting in my planned 3 miles would be nothing short of a challenge. I had 60 minutes to get to the gym, change, warm-up, run 3 miles, cool down, change, and get back to work.
After 5 minutes of walking on the treadmill, I ran a warm-up mile in 10:30. Uh, since when are my “warm-up” miles at a 10:30 pace? Just a couple months ago I was using that as my tempo pace.
Mile 2: 9:24
Mile 3: 9:03
Normally I’d wrap up the run with a slower mile, but I was pressed for time. I’ve always wondered if I could complete the 5k distance in under 30 minutes, so I pushed for an additional tenth of a mile and finished in 29:47. The pace I was running for the better half of the 3rd mile and final .1? 8:34
Surprisingly, my lungs did not explode and my legs did not detach themselves from my body. I really think I love speed work. Seeing results make those workouts so worth it.
Added bonus from my speedy run? I was able to be back at my desk by 2:08, one minute early.
Do you ever workout at lunch? Do you love or hate speedwork?