When I wimp out, that's when!
So today I had the option of my last medium-long run outside- 12 miles at an easy pace- or a 5 mile hill run on the treadmill. Despite the sunny, reasonable 24 but feels like 11 degrees outside, I opted for the treadmill. Turns out that was definitely the harder of the 2 runs!
I intended to do a homemade hill ladder. A 'ladder' workout is where you start easy and then progressively made the run harder either by increasing incline or pace or both until about half-way through the work-out, then descend by relaxing the pace/incline. That was my intent. But I totally underestimated how hard my ladder was going to be. Oui!
I planned to do (all in 0.5 mile increments @ 9:31 pace):
Sounded tough, but not crazy. After all, I'm tapering. But it was HAH ("hard as hell", I'm trying to bring this into the running vernacular. Like it?)! I was huffing and puffing, uncomfortably so, at the beginning of the first 2.0 so I knew I needed to adjust the plan or I was in danger of bailing on the whole thing.
So I rearranged a bit and ended up with this:
Next time, I'll try to keep it a ladder....we'll see if I can pull it off!
Now off to see an entirely different animal...The Black Swan. Finally.