Happy Hump Day, I made it out to the track this morning to get in my speed workout instead of on the treadmill like I normally do it, and to be honest, it was pretty great.
I had 3x1600 on the schedule, and I knew that will 1600s plus being outside I would not want to do recovery intervals so I did a nice 2 mile warm up at a 9:35 pace and then got down to business.
The goal was three 1600s at 8:00 or below with 3 minutes rest in between. I had some serious ambitions here since I have a short distance race series coming up, and I want to be able to drop my goal pace for my next 1600 workout in a few weeks.
Actual times were 7:58, 7:53, 7:56 - I was super happy to put up that 7:53, and I was spent during the last one, so pleased to come in under pace again. I definitely will be adjusting all goal times for my next few speed workouts to push a little harder.
Other than random speed workouts with 1600s thrown in, I have never gone out and raced for just a mile, but in 3 weeks there is a 1 mile race as part of a 3 race series I am participating in.
Day 1, 7:30pm- 4 mile beach run
Day 2, 7:30am- 5k
Day 2, 4:30pm- Mile Sizzler (no kidding!)
The race is called the Tour-de-Pain and is 3 races in 24 hours in the lovely August heat. I am pretty confident I can run the first 2 at reasonable times without any trouble, but for some reason I have been panicked abotu the mile race. Partly because it is last and I fear my legs will be dead, and partly because I am not great with just racing for 1 mile, it normally takes me longer than that to get warmed up.
Today's 3x1600 gave me some confidence going into this race in a couple weeks, I hit my 3rd repeat still under 8 minutes today which is my goal for that race, anything under 8 minutes at that point I would consider an accomplishment. I am going to add a final mile to the end of next weeks speed workout too, just to reinforce the "run a mile super fast when your legs are exhausted".
1 last weekday run tomorrow, I am already excited for my "shorter" long run on Saturday, I am trying a new route and that is always fun!