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!