Last night was our final night of speedwork and we ended with a doozie of a workout!
Many of us were expecting to do another mile time trial to compare with our first one 8 weeks ago and be finished so my heart sunk a little when I opened the email that contained the following workout:
1600m, 800m x 2, 400m x 2
Holy crap! I HATE 800s…with a passion. I have so much trouble pacing myself in the first lap to hit my time goal. I either go out way too fast and then slow down or I am too conservative and kill myself on the second lap trying to hit my time. Oh, and what do they mean two 800s and two 400s after the mile?!?!?!?!
I got to the track after a really long and exhausting day thinking hey, I could just pick up my t-shirt, run the mile, and go home. (If you know me at all, you know these were just empty threats). I started the mile and went out pretty slow for my first lap then gradually started to pick it up. I knew I shouldn’t go full out because I still had the rest of the workout so I tried to hold back. While I will never be a speed demon and still finished next to last, I took a whopping 26 seconds off of my time trial! Holy crap, how did I do that?!
Sadly, the rest of the workout did not go as well. I finished the entire thing but I was under time goal on everything…by at least 15 seconds! The second 800 and 400 were even slower than the first but I know I gave it everything I had and hello? 26 seconds is pretty darn awesome in my book!
This chapter of speed work comes to a close but chapter 2 opens up in two weeks because speed work (with the same coach) is included in my half training plan…lucky me!
*Hopefully you get the oozing sarcasm because I am actually super excited about it! WAHOO!!!!!