>> Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I hit the track last week for my earliest interval session ever. I took this photo at 4:30 a.m. at the start of the homestretch looking diagonally across the track (from the 300 meter mark towards the 100 meter mark):
I set out to do 3 x 1600 every 8:00 (so that's 2:00-2:20 rest). I was wearing my Garmin for the first time on the track, and it doesn't light up unless you hit a button. So I told myself this would be good for me: I'm used to checking my split every 400, but now I'd only know my split at 800 and 1600 (when I take my splits), so I'd be running more by "feel."
My first 800 was the slowest I'd had in a LONG time, so I knew I had to make the next 800 fastest.
INTERVAL #1: 3:00, 2:52 = 5:52.
The start of my 2nd 1600 was better, and I was STILL able to negative split it:
INTERVAL #2: 2:53, 2:47 = 5:40.
I started the final interval with heavy legs, but that's kinda the point. This was going to hurt, but it was going to be a solid workout.
INTERVAL #3: 2:55, 2:46 = 5:41.
Average: 5:44.3 / 1600
My times weren't stellar. I've ran 1600s with less rest and kept them all under 5:30 before. But this was my first track workout in MONTHS, so I was happy to just have completed the workout. NEXT time I do intervals (maybe this week, maybe next week), I'll push for faster times and start to remind my body how to run harder.
I snapped a photo as soon as I finished my last interval:
My glasses fogged up the moment I stopped. Welcome to winter running.
And yes, you southerners, it was 39 degrees and I was sweating in shorts and short sleeves. ;)
And here's my pace data - I let my Garmin run the whole time:
3 intervals near the middle. You can see subtle slow-downs on the final turn of every lap.