Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Take that Lactate and Threshold

Well Well Well. Look what little LeahC and Jason can do if you piss them off enough. They can take that stupid Lactate Threshold run and hit it out of the ballpark Aramis Ramirez style.

Today we had 9 miles with 4 at Lactate Threshold pace. We tried basically this run 2 weeks ago and failed miserably. With wind and side stitches I didn't even make it two miles.

Today we went sans iPod becasue I think I have a good feeling for my pace and can get into a rhythm if I don't have JT or Rihanna changing the tempo on me every 3.5 minutes. We got up at 5am and headed down to the lakefront path. We drove down there since the meters don't start till 9am and so we started the run at about 6:15 heading North from Chicago Ave. We decided to have three warmup miles instead of two to a) wake us up a bit before starting to Lactate and b) we only wanted to have to do two miles after the LT miles.

So off we went and the first three miles looked like this :
  1. 9:14
  2. 8:54
  3. 8:25
So a nice way to start the run. Slowing down at the beginning and slowly picking up the pace over the next two miles. I think it also helped not having music here because we slowed down.

Then it was on to the LT miles. Sometimes these also start off to fast and then jump all over the place. But today. Today we were fucking rock stars, starting off only slightly slower than the last three but staying incredibly consistant :
  1. 7:39
  2. 7:30
  3. 7:32
  4. 7:26
Even coming in fastest on the last mile! So proud am I. And I was tired .... but not totally uncomfortable. That's not saying that I wasn't ready to stop LTing though.

We walked for about a 0.1 miles and got some water and carried on for our last 2 miles :
  1. 11:27 (water and walking and stretching)
  2. 9:18
So that was our morning. I am saying that was the best run of any of them so far in the training cycle. A total confidence booster and feels good to run hard and have it work just like it should.

Today we are off to the Taste for the whole day! Hopefully the rain stays away for the fireworks. Tomorrow John Mayer is playing at the Taste as well which should be fun. So if you see two lanky nerdy kids on the bus with coolers and chairs and backpacks....oh that's us....and yes we are cool!


Scott said...

Hey L & J!
Nice going. I know your last one of these (Lactate?...the word disturbs me) didn't go so well. Enjoy the fireworks. Pretend they are for you!

Firefly's Running said...

Nice job, you two. Have fun at the Taste!

Joe said...

Great job! Lots of sevens!

Cuckoo said...

That is awesome, great job! I had a good LT run this morning too, and usually LT runs terrify me.

Have fun at the Taste and enjoy the fireworks today!

Danny said...

way to kick some LT butt!!

Fran said...

Good to see you're back on track. Well done!

Anonymous said...

You guys are amazing! Nice job.

Running Jayhawk said...

You're my heroes.

GeekGirl said...

Good job on the run. I don't have another one until next week. I'm not ooking forward to it.