Photo from the 2014 Ice Age Trail 50 Miler by Ali Engin. Permission to use header photo must be obtained through Ali Elgin.

"It's better to feel pain than nothing at all. The opposite of love's indifference." - The Lumineers

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Dirty Times = Fast Times

The Danes (and residents) are dealing with cold, windy rain today. It being such a tiny country, at least we know we're all suffering together. Today my goal was 6 x 1 mile intervals all under 7 minutes. It felt strange to be wearing a hat and gloves on May 12th. The French would call weather like this "dirty times" (du sale temps) and there is something about that saying that makes experiencing it a little more bearable.

I felt unbelievably good today. I have lost almost 1 kg since the last interval session a week ago and, boy, did it make a difference.

Mile 1: 6:34
Mile 2: 6:36 (removal of long-sleeved shirt, hat and gloves remain)
Mile 3: 6:33
Mile 4: 6:47
Mile 5: 6:43
I didn't feel like I had it in me to run the last mile at under 7 into the wind. I couldn't find another woman runner to battle. No one was running today. So I relied on Apples In Stereo yet again to help me through with "Dance Floor".
Mile 6: 6:49!

This is my fastest and most consistent interval session to date. I am so pleased. It is the last speed work I'll do before Copenhagen Marathon.

Running Song of the Day (also happens to be French): Désolé by Sexion D'Assaut

6 comments:

Marie-Aline said...

in case it helps lifting your spirits even higher, ici aussi, on a du sale temps! (mais aussi des montagnes, and that great, rain or shine!)

Sandhya said...

Congratulations on those fast times! I know I've probably missed a whole explanation section, but -- any quick advice on how to get into a position to run such quick miles? I do interval training every day but am still far from running a 6:34 mile. Did you just speed up gradually over time? Thanks!!

SteveQ said...

Long-sleeved shirt, hat, gloves, i-pod... isn't that another kilogram?

mmmonyka said...

Way to go girl! Super fast times.

xapis said...

Those times are fantastic! Congratulations!

mmmonyka said...

Thanks for your comment SLG.
I am pretty sure it is much better in the Czech Rep and Slovakia now than the time when you visited:) It is definitely more colorful and economy is doing much better.
And it is interesting because everybody in Slovakia complains how everything is of a poor quality now (well, at least everything coming from Asia). Back than you bought a car and it lasted for 20 years, or bought a swimming suit and you could wear it for years and years and it would not fall apart. But of course I guess that all swim suits and cars were either gray or brown:)
I am going to follow your advice and I will try not to cut down too much on my training, only run on soft surfaces and I'll see what happens.