I had a real rip-roaring workout this afternoon. I ran to the Chelsea track (thankfully deserted and snow-free) and did four 800 meter repeats at a pace which, for me, can only be described as "blazing." I am now more in awe than ever of people who can sustain such fast paces for long distances. Like marathons.
I did my 800m splits in 3:38, 3:38, 3:44, and 3:43 for an average pace of 7:23/mile. My Garmin claims my maximum speed of 9.0 mph was reached during the third repeat. 9.0 mph is a pace of 6:37/mile. There's no way I could keep that up for more than a brief moment. I've never run that fast of a mile in my entire life (my mile PR is 6:59).
I haven't pushed myself so hard since high school. Man, today's workout was tough. Tough but satisfying. Even though I felt like I was going to fall over at the completion of each interval, when I got done and walked over to my Weight Watchers meeting (conveniently located mere meters away!) I thought, That sure sucked while I was doing it but I feel pretty darn good about myself and my capabilities right now. Then I thought, Oh dear...eventually I will have to do, like, 8 of these...I'd only be half done at this point. Ugh.
Oh well. I do what I must in the name of running a sub-two hour half marathon, right?
In other news, I dropped another 1.4 pounds at WW and am now sitting on 62.2 lbs lost. Yeah! The quest for 75 lbs is still on!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Posted by Sun Runner at 6:56 PM
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Hi, I found your blog through Phedippidations, and I love it. I just love finding other folks who are as into running as I am (even though you are much faster than I am). Bummer about that 5K this weekend, geesh, I would have ranted, too. But I am glad you wrote about running to the track to do intervals, I've been considering adding this exact thing to my training but have never run intervals on the track before. I have a goal of breaking 2 hours for a half-marathon this year too, so I think I will give the run to track/track intervals workkout a try.
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