I got my HR into Zone 3 pretty quickly on the first interval and it was pretty easy to keep it there. I ran it in an 8:26/mi pace and felt uncomfortable, but still good. On my 5 min of easy running I turned around to run into the wind and up until this point I hadn’t quite realized how strong it was. I knew the last interval would be tougher. I ran the second interval with the wind at my back. It was still relatively easy to keep my HR in Zone 3 but my pace had definitely slowed a bit, down to 8:50/mi. The third and final interval was a whole other ball game thanks to the wind. I knew I wasn’t going anywhere near as fast and I almost felt like I wasn’t going anywhere as I tried to push in to the wind. I slowed down to 9:31/mi on this interval and I creeped up into Zone 4 more than a couple of times. After the interval I walked for a bit, then started an easy jog into the crazy wind. All of a sudden it was like something in my stomach rebelled and I nearly lost all of the water and part of a Luna bar that I consumed on to the side of the path. I didn’t wind up throwing up per se, but I definitely had something come up to the back of my throat and ugh…it was the grossest thing ever. I so wanted to be done at this point in time but I chugged some more water to get the vile taste out of my mouth and just kept jogging back to the car. Blech. I’ve joked about running hard enough to throw up before, but this is the first time I’ve come that close.
Anyhow, all in all, it wasn’t too bad of a run because I definitely accomplished my goal. I kept my HR in the required zones and obviously ran to a point where I felt uncomfortable. All said and done I got in 6.31 miles for the day.
***And, I was able to reschedule date #3 with the guy from Tuesday, so its all good!***