Yesterday I did 8 miles before work including some "fast miles." I also skipped the coffee in the morning to try something new... and it made my workout so. much. harder.
I am definitely not addicted to coffee or caffeine. It's not like I had a headache, or wasn't "alert," but my body was just tired. It's also not that I couldn't hit the paces I wanted, because I definitely did, it was just more tiring to do so.
But it was a good, hard workout and I needed it.
I don't know whether to say I've gotten "better at warming up slower" or that I've gotten "slower at warming up" ... I definitely used to hit the high 9's in my first mile and think, "woah I shouldn't have done it that fast," but now I think, "how did I ever warm up that fast?"
Despite how hard it felt, (and I don't mean I was dying or anything, in fact, I wasn't even huffing, but it was still labored) I hit awesome paces and improved each interval over the last.
After the 8:20 miles I had to walk for a few seconds. I think it didn't help that it was windy out. But that was a bit discouraging. I still managed to recover and run the last mile at a solid "easy" pace but felt like I shouldn't have been as winded. It got a little windy, blowing against me in that 7th mile, so maybe that contributed. I SERIOUSLY HATE running in the wind. I would rather run in the heat, rain, or snow (ha) than on a really windy day.
Today I'm taking a break from the AM workout. I slept in (til 6:45), going to start a project I've been waiting to start, and then going to actually wash and dry my hair. O_o
But after work it's an easy 45-minute ride, for which I get to start Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me on Audible. I recently finished The Martian and needed something slightly less serious. ;)