On tap for today was my first preseason workout: Sit 'n Kick Reps--5x (400m . . . rest 60-sec . . . 200m) with a 1200m jog between sets. The workout as designed for a 2:00 800m high school runner is 5x (400m @ 64 . . . rest 30-sec . . . 200m @ 28), then jog 1200m between sets.
I did this same workout on the same day last year!
Since I am not able to run 800 meters in 2:00, I modified the workout accordingly, figuring I'd run 66 for the 400s and 31 for the 200s. My runs on this 50-degree, windy day, however, were as follows:
I was pretty pleased with this preseason workout, particularly since my 1200m recoveries averaged only about 8:45. I also felt pretty strong on my last 400, running an even split into a strong headwind. I ran hard but I didn't feel like I was pressing the whole time. I'd like to hit 65s and 30s the next time OR take a 30-sec break rather than a minute. I just have to be comfortable knowing that I would probably wind up with slower times (67/32).
As I did this time last year, I'd like to devote one day per week to 800m training.
Fri, 10/25--took off
Thurs, 10/24-got to the country club late. The crew had already departed the station, doing the course in reverse. I was a couple of minutes behind them for sure. I muddled along at about 7:15 pace, hitting the 3.9M mark in 28:20 and the mile mark at about 29:00. Eventually, I peeled off and headed past the old Y. I think I covered the distance in about 39:00.
Wed, 10/23--4M, not to be confused by 3M.