This week I've had a GREAT running week. Tuesday, I had planned to my track workout, but had to postpone to Wednesday morning. This was pretty hard core, but I got up at 3:30 and ran to the high school track where I coach. It's not as nice as the track we usually use, but it would do just fine. I don't have keys to the lights, but there's a sensor light out there that I triggered on and it stayed on the whole time. I did 10 x 400. My goal was only to hit 1:30, which is know is a tad slow, but I'm still breaking into these track workouts and didn't want to kill myself. I was worried when I hit the first one in 1:33!?! I think I just wasn't warmed up enough. After that I hit them in a nice range of 1:27 down to 1:24. Being it was so very early, and I was alone, I was pleased with that effort.
Last night (Thursday), I hit the track for a ladder workout. With my previous hard effort being less than my typical 48 hour minimum, I worried that my paces would suffer. Here's how it went:
4 x 200s: All in the 38-40 range (I really stink at these, hello SNAIL.)
2 x 400s: 1:22 & 1:21 (WHAAATTT????) When i saw this, i screamed my time across the track to TP (who was doing a workout, too), I then told him that I think I had overextended myself and would pay badly for that in the next set.
2 x 800s: 2:55 & 2:53
2 x 400s: 1:22 for both
4 x 200s: 38-40 again
Once again, I was pleased, not because of the actual times, but because it shows PROGRESS! I'm also keeping the mileage about 75 per week. I feel that after doing 2 marathons in 7 weeks, and having trained all summer and fall, this season I need a bit of a break from all the miles. This morning Courtney and I went on an easy trail run. We will race a 2 miler tomorrow morning. We'll see how it goes!
Run Happy, friends!