Speed work after work went well today.
8x400 @ 5k pace. My goal pace was in the 9:24-9:28 range based on shooting for a 2:15-2:16 half. I did .12 mile rest intervals after every 400m (.25 miles). Check out my splits:
I had feared that my week and a half of laziness would have impacted my fitness level. But apparently not! I think it was a much needed break.
On a related note, Thursday night was boot camp. My gym is 1.4ish miles away. At 5/5:30pm, the first half of that involves slowly inching along in traffic. Yesterday it was sunny and 70, and I got home from work early enough...so I decided to RUN to the gym (and back). Surprisingly, I have never done this before.
My goal was 3 easy miles in addition to boot camp -- except my pace while running to the gym ended up being 9:22 for the first mile and and 9:52 for the remaining .53 miles. I really meant to run those miles at a slower pace. But maybe my fear of being late to the class and my week and a half rest helped me out. I did a better job of slowing down a little for the return trip, running at a 10:29 pace. There are sidewalks nearly the entire way which made it pretty easy. I'd definitely do it again if I allow myself time and want to get some miles in on a boot camp night.
Not sure that I'm going to get a pace run in in the morning before we leave, as it's midnight, and I'm not totally packed yet...oh well.