>> Saturday, January 09, 2016
Monday evening is the "Meet of the Miles" at the University of Minnesota, the first race in the "Grand Prix" series for 2015. As I mentioned last weekend, I've been running a decent amount lately, but I've been doing no true speed work - just some 10K race pace miles in the middle of long runs, and 2 fartlek runs. So I have no confidence about my speed going into this.
During my last fartlek run on Wednesday morning, I ended my 20 hard minutes of fartlek running with a 2 minute effort. (I warmed up for 2.5 miles, and then did 3 mins hard, 2 mins easy, 2 h, 1 e, 4 h, 2 e, 1 h, 1 e, 5 h, 3 e, 3 h, 2 e, 2 h. That totals 20 minutes of hard running.) I don't take splits for a fartlek run normally - I just let my watch run. But I took my split for my final 2 minutes of hard running: it was done at 5:23 pace. I have no idea what that will translate to in an open mile on a track. So it's useless information.
My first 1 mile on the track in Dec of 2008 was my slowest at 5:00.7. (I ran one a few weeks later because I knew I could break 5, and I did that in 4:54.6.) That first mile has been my only one over 5:00, and IF POSSIBLE I'd like to keep it that way. But I have no right to think that will be the case.
Awkward finish while hitting my watch at my first mile: 5:00.7.
Monday I'll post my 2015 training totals, and I'll probably have my track meet race report on Wednesday. Happy weekend! GO VIKES!