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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

running in circles

Yup, Tuesday nights still mean speed work on the track. We've had terrific weather for the past two workouts.

While it's much more enjoyable when it's not raining, nice weather also means we end up sharing the track with a lot more people. Walkers with dogs, kids on bikes, toddlers wandering around ... most of them paying little attention to the runners sprinting by.

Well, my sprint isn't so fast that I can't dodge them ... but we've got some speedy runners on our team!

Last week we ran 12 400s at our goal pace (mine is still 2:02).

  1. 1:58
  2. 2:01
  3. 1:57
  4. 2:02
  5. 2:04
  6. 2:02
  7. 2:04
  8. 2:04
  9. 2:04
  10. 2:03
  11. 2:02
  12. 1:59
This week, we bumped it up to 14. I wasn't sure what was going to happen since my pre-run snack was sitting kind of heavy in my stomach -- even though I gave it two and a half hours to settle.
  1. 2:09 (a cautious start!)
  2. 2:02
  3. 2:03
  4. 2:05
  5. 2:03
  6. 2:02
  7. 2:01
  8. 2:03
  9. 1:58 (I may have been running away from a kid on a bike here)
  10. 2:01
  11. 2:04
  12. 2:04
  13. 2:02
  14. 2:02
It didn't go too badly after all!

I'm not sure if all this work is paying off yet ... but I did run my fastest 5K since 2005 on Sunday (27:43, third in my age group). Same course, 24 seconds slower -- but back then, the course was too short!


At 11:54 AM, May 20, 2009, Blogger Lacey Nicole said...

SUPER consistent!!! 14 is soooooooooooo many!!!! i bet you really did feel like you were running in circles. this track work will DEF pay off!!!!!! it has made a huge difference for me, plus i feel so powerful after doing it. keep up with it!! you're doing so well! :)

At 12:03 PM, May 20, 2009, Blogger Amy said...

I agree, you are very consistent. 400s are definitely a challenge, so good job! And 14x400s is no easy task! :) Keep it up!

At 1:31 PM, May 20, 2009, Blogger J said...

14 is a whole lot of 400s! Great job! I dont know if I could do 14! I am sure that the speed work is helping you out! keep at it!

At 1:51 PM, May 20, 2009, Anonymous barbetti said...

you are my hero. Seriously. I wish I had the drive and consistency you do! The only thing I do consistently is eat tacos. The Shred is going to kick my ass when I'm no longer pregnant.

At 7:35 AM, May 21, 2009, Blogger joyRuN said...

14x400s?!?!?!! I was DYING from 12. I would've really hurt someone if I had to run two more.

Great job!


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