>> Saturday, December 22, 2012
Yesterday morning, I had about a half hour of free time. So I crammed in my first set of mile repeats in a long time! I figure if I'm planning on racing the "Meet of the Miles" track meet on January 14th, I better start running faster!
On my early Wednesday morning run, I swung past the St. Thomas track. I was hoping the sun would have melted off all 10+ inches of snow, but it hadn't. It still looked like this:
Around my 0.5 mile turn-around point along Summit.
Around the 0.25 / 0.75 mark along Cleveland.
Just past the entrance to the new building.
3 x 1 mile starting every 8:00 (just over 2:00 rest between intervals).
During the first interval, I figured I'd never negative split an interval because it was mainly downhill on the way out...
• 2:58 + 2:52 = 5:50
I started the second one with "tired" but not "heavy" legs. I love that feeling.
• 2:51 + 2:54 = 5:45
I was HOPING to descend a little more on the final one, but I couldn't. It was a good speed workout.
• 2:53 + 2:53 = 5:46
I used to LOVE intervals! The feeling of getting such a solid workout completed in only a half hour was a big "turn on" to me. It felt like I had accomplished so much. But after spending much of the year doing LONGER and slightly EASIER runs, I've decided that I like doing that more than intervals.
I'm pretty surprised that I was able to run a decent pace for most of my races this year while doing MUCH LESS speedwork. Apparently, I've come to the (obvious) conclusion that if you plan on racing LONGER races, then put more emphasis on getting in MORE MILES and not SPEED WORKOUTS.
Duh Steve. Duh.