Tempo Tuesday

I promise I’ll stop talking about how awesome the weather is in Boston, but it’s seriously perfection. Sunny and 60s? Yes, please. 

I decided against a run yesterday and went over to my gym for a spin class. I didn’t make the 5:30 class in time, with the instructor I really like, so I took a chance with the 6:30 class. The class was packed, so I figured the guy must be good. I really like spin because I feel like it’s one of those things where you get out what you put in. I also like how it caters to so many different fitness levels. You can make the class as hard, or as easy as you want. I’m not one to bag a workout, so I was there to get sweaty. I’m a little picky when it comes to spin classes, especially when it comes to the music. I wasn’t thrilled about his warm-up song, so I was having doubts. This instructor was a little old school in his teaching style, and there wasn’t too much going on within each song. I’d definitely say this class was more catered to endurance than sprint work, but it worked. A few of the songs seemed to drag on, and half way through the class we did a 9 minute climb. Really? As much as I wanted to hate him, he was also playing Pink’s “Try”:

But just because it burns
Doesn’t mean you’re gonna die
You’ve gotta get up and try try try

Ok, ok, I get the point. It’s not going to kill us. Overall it was a good class. I sweat, it was hard, all in all, a good workout.

Back to running and wanting to be all committed and stuff, I did a tempo run today after work. If I don’t run from my house before work, the odds of me coming home from work at night and going back out for a run are, well, none. To get around this, oftentimes I’ll bring my running stuff to work and just go from there. I wanted to do ~6 miles, so here are my splits:


I realize I didn’t really cool down, but I was already back at my office and feeling lazy. I forgot my Garmin at home, so used MapMyRun on my iPhone. I don’t use it often, and completely forgot about the little woman announcing your splits and pace at every mile. It was kind of cool to run by effort rather than looking at my watch, and it was reassuring to hear my pace drop as the run went on. Overall I felt pretty good on this run. I felt like I was running hard, but controlled. I’m hoping to incorporate more speed work in the next couple weeks before my half marathon on October 13th. I’d really love to PR, but I don’t have my heart set on it. I’ve been doing a lot more shorter/faster work outs than long runs, so I’m curious to see how that will translate into a distance race.

I’m planning some easy, relaxed miles tomorrow after today’s tempo. 

Unrelated to anything I mentioned today, but this is a good read if you’re looking for a laugh.


What was your workout today?

Would you rather do a long run, or speed work?