So, I've been doing track workouts every Tuesday for over a month now. But this is the first time I actually had goals in mind. The past few times, I was just kind of out there... running intervals fast-ish, but not really paying much attention to how fast. But, now that I've got some major goals for improvement, it was time to get down to business.
The plan: 3 Yassos. Which, for you non track-ies... is 3 repeats of 800 meters (aka half mile) at my goal marathon time. So, my plan was to run 3 repeats at 3:59.
Repeat #1: So... I really have no sense of what speed I'm supposed to be running. I mean... Essentially we're talking 8 minute mile pace and I'm so not used to that, that I had a hard time translating that to actual pace and stride. I ended up with a 4:01. Which... I was a little disappointed in, because I felt like I really pushed myself.
Repeat #2: I started out faster this time around. I knew I just needed to be a couple seconds faster than before, but I know that I end up running the last 400 meters significantly slower, so I wanted to start strong. I was thrilled when I ended this repeat at 3:49.
Repeat #3: Again, I started strong... but I tried to maintain it. You know what I hate about track workouts? I hate the curvy parts. The curvy parts (is there a technical name? There must be) SUCK. But, I pushed and pushed and guess what? I ended up with a 3:40!
Now, at this point... I REALLY should have done another repeat. I mean... is 3 really enough to do much? Ehhh.. maybe, maybe not. But, I was happy with my results and decided to end with just the three. I'll do 4 next week.
My legs were complete jello on the run back to my house. And then I realized... Ummm... so, it's probably not a good idea to do lower body strength training the day before speed workouts. Which is exactly what I did yesterday. Duh.
I couldn't help but think of this funny quote from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia during one of my repeats...
"My form is perfect--I'm like Jerry Rice. Feel that stride, so fluid and fast. I've got the stride of a gazelle: a beautiful, beautiful gazelle person. My body is achieving a perfect symmetry right now. Its that long, lean muscle I've worked so hard to achieve. I should've popped my shirt off first... g*dammit, I really should've popped that shirt off. I wonder if there are any women watching from the sidelines."
Dennis from Episode: The Gang Gets Invincible.