>> Saturday, December 31, 2011
On Thursday, I FINALLY got done grading semester projects and had a few minutes before having to get Henry from daycare. So I thought I'd hit the track.
Yes, the TRACK. On the 29th of December. In Minnesota.
We've had SO little snow this winter that outdoor intervals are still possible! When I got to the track, this was all the snow I spotted:
I showed up to the track with a shovel because it looked like this:Here’s what the middle of the home stretch looked like, with about a 1/2 inch of snow covering everything:
There should be 8 lanes just in front of me...I shoveled the home stretch first:
CLICK HERE for more photos of that snowy interval workout 3 years ago.
Anyway, back to Thursday. I brought a bit of Coach Jen to the track with me. I found it fitting that the new "Roctane Drink" (that I was just sent a few weeks ago) is pink, and it matched Jen's pink water bottle:
6-8 x 800 with 90 seconds rest (walking).
I know, I know... saying "6-8 800s" is never a good idea. But I hadn't done 800s in a LONG time, so here's how I saw it. I could do (Goal A) 6 800s if I start out too fast and start to die after a few - that'd be good training for my upcoming mile in 2 weeks. Or I could do (Goal B) 8 800s if I start out too slow and feel like I have "plenty left" - that'd be good training for the half marathon in a month. As I got ready to start, I said to myself: "Who am I kidding? I'm only going to do 6. Make them count."
1:26, 1:23 = 2:49
1:22, 1:24 = 2:46
1:22, 1:23 = 2:45
At this point, I set a new goal. Now I was going to shoot for (Goal C) 6 descending 800s.
1:22, 1:20 = 2:42
1:21, 1:20 = 2:41
1:21, 1:18 = 2:39
2:43.66 / 800 average
PERFECT DESCEND!! Nice! I snapped this photo of myself feeling like death still catching my breath about 30 seconds after the final interval:
A slightly slick and frosty track when I was done.
You can see my frosty footprints.
Oh yeah, I did the intervals in SHORTS! In DECEMBER!
Back soon with my 2011 yearly totals! Happy New Year everyone!!