I really like tempo runs. They are tough, but when I finish, I feel elated - especially when I nail my goal paces.
15 minute warm-up
4 miles at 8:25 min/mile pace
15 minute cool-down
15 minute warm-up --> 1.5 miles
2 miles, splits = 8:05 and 8:11
water break (~2 min)
2 miles, splits = 8:20 and 8:29
15 minute cool-down --> 1.5 miles
Though each mile was progressively slower, I felt strong. Left hip still a little achy, but doesn't bother me once I've warmed up.
50 Walking Lunges
Time to complete round = 18:10
Dismal. I can't even do a sit-up in good form. I have to use my arms for momentum as I reach forward rather than tucking them behind my head. I thereby did 30 rather than the prescribed 50. I'm just starting though so I expect I'll see improvement in a few weeks.