Step 1: Skip the hydration + energy sports drink you've been using over the last couple weeks in preparation for a product review post.
Step 2: Eat too small of a dinner because you're on a time constraint and don't want to wait to digest/feel too full.
Step 3: Forget that you're planning a group run the next day and running two days in a row usually means using the first day as an easy run. Which speed work isn't. Obviously.
|I was willing to run twice in a row because Thursday and Friday I won't be able to fit it in...but deciding to do speed work tonight was not smart planning.|
Step 4: Warmup at a much too-fast pace because you're just so excited to be running.
|My half-mile warmup should have been at about 10:00, or even 10:10.|
Step 5: Forget that you took 3 weeks off and bolt during your first 400, going a full minute faster per mile than your usual speed work intervals call for.
|This was just stupid of me. My interval times are usually around 8:50.|
Step 6: Recover at a reaaaaally slow jog instead of being smart and walking, thus putting pressure on your legs and not fully recovering. Multi-tasking!
|Seriously, an 11:00 jog for recovery? Walking about have served the purpose and conserved energy to keep me going my full 30 minutes.|
Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6, then call it quits early in order to avoid injury.
|Inconsistent and much too fast. I ended up doing 22 minutes instead of the 30 I planned to do.|