I went to a speed training session at running club tonight. Gosh, that was tough!
By the time we'd got to the starting point for the speed session, we'd covered almost 3km, most of which was a long relentless uphill slog.
Then we had 3 x 400m sessions, getting progressively harder.
This was just a warm up for the 800m sessions ! I managed three of those, each starting off with an uphill slope. Although I hurt more on the last one, mentally I found it easier and even managed my own version of a sprint finish (probably a feeble jog to anyone else). I even overtook a couple of people.
By the end of the session, we'd covered over 9 km in all - quite a lot for a speed training night !
I felt fine at the end, sore calves and cold swollen hands but nothing to worry about, chatted for a while, drove home, then got uncontrollable shivers for half an hour. Now I just ache. My arms are weary and my legs are sore.
There's plenty of room for improvement but I'm pretty sure I did my best.
I'm quietly contented. If a little knackered