Monday, July 28, 2008

On the Track

The most difficult part of my training plans for my last 3 races (half marathon, 10K, and another half marathon now) has been the speedwork. I've never been fast and really struggle to meet the training goals (which is exactly why I need the track work in my training plans). The plan for speedwork this week called for 8 miles, including 4 x 1600m @6:56 mpm and 800m jogs between repeats. The high school track, Godwin High School, is 2 miles from our house, so I did my warm up and cool down to and from the school.

The first two 1600m repeats went well. Then, I really struggled on the third repeat and ended up breaking it up into 3 segments with 200m jogs in between. However, I managed to complete the last repeat. It is amazing to me how much difference just a few seconds per mile makes in how I feel on these repeats.

1.7942 mi x 16:30.39
1600m x 7:03.52 (+7.52 seconds)
800m x 4:41.57 -- Jog
1600m x 6:53.47 (-2.53 seconds)
800m x 5:17.28 -- Jog
850m x 3:36.67 3rd repeat, segment 1
200m x 1:40.18 -- Jog
400m x 1:44.36 3rd repeat, segment 2
200m x 1:44.08 -- Jog
350m x 1:23.94 3rd repeat, segment 3 (-11.03 seconds total for the 3 segments)
800m x 5:37.54 -- Jog
1600m x 7:08.32 (+14.32 seconds)
1.7942 mi x 16:27.08

Glad those are behind me for the week. The rest of the week will be a couple of 4 mile runs, a 7 miler, and then an 8-12 miler on Saturday.

Run well, y'all,
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