Finding a better pace

Running has never been my groove. I think I decided I hated it way back when I attempted Little League baseball about a hundred years ago and then really drove that home in junior high school running the mile in PE. From that point on I think my mind was set. And it was one of those “set it and forget it” kind of things for a very very long time…

running-failWhen I started with Continuum in 2013, that setting was firmly in effect. Running was a chore. Something to be dreaded, cursed, and avoided at all costs. I’d rather row than run any day of the week. And that was the way of things for a long time.

Two weeks ago I ran an 800m with Brent & Nick during a team WOD and we hit a nice, easy pace. Ran the whole damn thing and it actually felt ok. It was a bit of a watershed moment. Something about slowing it down, just letting it happen, made a huge difference in my mindset about running itself.

Today we had a running and box jumps WOD. And there was some grumbling last night when we saw it, I’ll admit. Maybe even a few choice words. But we went this morning anyway. 🙂

Coach Lara had a bunch of us — Ev & I, Marino, Caleb, Bill, KB, Dave, his daughter, and her fiancee. I don’t know that any of us were exactly excited to run in the 35 degree temps this morning, but we were prepared to do so.

silly-walkWe started with a similar warm-up to what we did yesterday – a kettlebell complex – and then the Hinshaw warm-up and some box jump practice. During the whole thing we were listening to 90s music and Bill was “belting out the hits” as we warmed up… He was definitely in an expressive mood and we had fun with it.

The workout was pretty simple.

  • Three rounds for time:
    • Competitor
      • 800m run
      • 50 box jumps (24/20″)
    • Performance
      • 800m run
      • 35 box jumps (20/15″)
    • Fitness
      • 400m run
      • 20 box jumps (12/8″)

Lara gave us a 25 minute time cap and suggested that if we couldn’t consistently do a 5 minute 800m we should probably scale to a 600m or 400m run. I was going to do my best to stick to the 800m route and see where I ended up.

2jwf4uThough I warmed up with some 20″ box jumps, after that first 800m run I didn’t even attempt them, opting for 35 step-ups instead. But I was surprised by the pace of that first 800m run at a time of 4:37. That was very surprising actually and a good steady pace. Slowing down

My middle run ended up being mostly a walk, but I ran all but a small portion of the last 800m and came in around 5 minutes or so.

Final time? 23:37. Not too shabby. I’ll take it. 🙂 Great work 8:30 class! And thanks for the encouragement Lara!!

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