Being the last one, I only ran the mile. I wanted to better my time from week 1 where I also only ran the mile and ran 5:41. Thankfully, rain did not derail the plan!
To run sub-5:40, I needed to be under 2:50 at the 800 and under 4:15 at the 1200 (so under 1:25 a lap). I hit lap 1 in 1:22, a bit slower than I intended. 800 was 2:47 (1:24 for the lap). Not much room for slowing down! 1200 was 4:13 (1:26 for the lap). HANG ON! The guy timing is yelling out 5:30, 31, 32, 33 …
Last lap was 1:24. I was excited! So splits were 1:22-1:24-1:26-1:24. I was quite happy with the consistency. A friend joked that she could hear the wind rushing as I ran by each lap. No no, I responded, that was how hard I was breathing! I’m pretty sure I sounded like I was about to die of a heart attack! :)
These races have been so much fun! While the turnout wasn’t big, it was consistent week to week. We enjoyed getting to know some people over the weeks. Sarah LOVED doing her races each week, too. She keeps asking why it’s over and can’t they do more? Love it. :)
Last night, as we drove across the bridge to the track, we could tell it was storming pretty bad off to our right. I was naively hopeful that we’d be able to make it through the races before the storm would hit us. I had planned on only running the mile, which is the last event, to try to run a faster time on fresh legs. As we got out of the car, oh the wind. I briefly debated my decision to focus on the mile because it’s plain tough to run in a strong headwind; but it was almost time to get started and I’d have no time to warm up. Plus, I was still naively hopeful!
They did the kids’ 50 meter dash first – which Sarah ran :) As the 800 lined up, we heard thunder. By the end of the race, it was clear the storm was coming our way fast. They did the 100 meter dash (which Sarah ran as well) and then the guy in charge said we’d take a 30 minute break to see what happens. It quickly became clear the night would be a wash. We actually saw funnel cloud rotation above us right before we left. That was a 1st for me! Pretty amazing to see. We drove through the storm as we crossed the bridge on the way home. It was POURING and we saw a lightening bolt just off the bridge, clearly striking the water. It was CLOSE.
So, so much for the track night. Next week will be my last race, because I’ll be out of town for the last one at the end of July. I really have loved these races!
As I mentioned, Wednesday night I ran in the local track meet more as a speed workout than a race. Speed workout it was indeed. I got there with little time to warm up before the 800. After a short jog and a few strides, my legs felt really heavy. I’m sure from taking 3 days off at the end of our vacation.
In the 800, I started on the heals of the guy I raced to the finish 2 weeks ago. We hit the 400 in 1:18. I had already decided that I would not try to pass him early like I did last time, rather try to out kick him at the end. I ran on his heals the entire 2nd lap, but didn’t have it in me to out kick him. If it was my only race of the night I probably could have mustered it out, but I was also being logical with what was to come. We finished in 2:38, so 1:20 for the last lap. I was quite happy with my splits being so close.
For the 400, I was in lane 3 and the fast girl was in lane 5. I tried to close the gap on her but just couldn’t. I finished in 1:12 and she was probably 2 seconds ahead of me.
The 200 immediately follows the 400, and then the 1600 is next. I had a grand idea of doing it, but had better judgment in the moment and enjoyed the few extra minutes of rest :)
There was a huge crew of us in the 1600. I started out slow – 1st lap in 1:27. I felt like I was speeding up the 2nd lap, but hit it in 1:31 (2:58 – 800). Uh oh right on the line for sub 6 … 3rd lap was 1:33 (4:32 – 1200 – 2 seconds off 6 min pace). In the final stretch someone on the finish line yells 5:55 … I kicked it in finishing in 6:03, so 1:31 for the last lap.
Part of me was bummed not to break 6, but I was pleased with such even splits. That used to be a huge weakness for me – going out too hard and then slowing down. Maybe I’m getting smarter in my old age! :)
So in reality, running 800-400-1600 is a pretty lame speed/track workout. I love the idea of doing weekly track workouts like 12 x 400, 6 x 800 and various ladder workouts … yet the reality hasn’t cooperated. Hopefully as it cools off this Fall I can add that in!
We just got back from vacation in Maine. I LOVE running in Maine – such a treat in the summer to run in cooler air. I can run in mid afternoon and it feels GREAT! The last bit of the trip I wasn’t able to get runs in between Jon going fishing 1 morning thus me not being able to abandon the kids, Sarah having a 24-hour throw up bug, and me not feeling very well myself for a few days. But the runs I did get in were great!
One afternoon, I ran with 1 of my nieces and 1 of my nephews, both 14 and going in to 9th grade. After the run, we headed to the dock and jumped in the COLD water and then layed on the dock in the sun to warm back up – perfect way to end a run!! It was a lot of fun, and I loved sharing that time with them.
Now back home and back into routine. I did not wake up early this morning because after a travel day yesterday that started at 2:30am … with 2 little ones … I wanted to sleep a bit! :) I plan to go for an easy run once the kids are in bed tonight. Tomorrow is another track race. My plan is to use it for a speed workout. I did not get in as many hard runs (only 1) in Maine so I think it’d be pointless to try to better my mile time. I think I’ll be super crazy and run the 800-400-200-1600! The rest time is pretty quick, so it will be quite the speed workout for me.