Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Too fast for my own shoes!

Today I intended to warm up, do 8x400 intervals at an 8:30min/mi pace, cool down, stretch.

Let's discuss the intervals. Normally, I do these on the dreadmill so that I can set and maintain the pace. Today I decided to estimate 400m with .25miles per my Garmin and do these in the great outdoors. As it turns out, I overshot my pace repeatedly. The results (in min/mi)
  1. 7.04 Holy Smokes! Did I do that?!?!
  2. 7:40
  3. 7:41
  4. 10:42 Trail turned to sand. Yuck!
  5. 7:57
  6. 8:06
  7. 7:52
  8. missing - miscounted and only did seven!

Before anyone dares suggest that I'm a speed demon, let me tell you that I was totally ready to stop when my .25miles were up each time. The pace that I can maintain over distance is WAY slower. But that is why they call this speed work, right?

And yesterday, 55min outside on the bike, 12.5miles. Not bad for a Monday after work with other commitments.

Tomorrow, planned swim unless the sleep demons get to me...

9 comments:

  1. Way to go! Very nice intervals. I plan to do the exact same thing, although I think I'll head up to the track close by (after the HM). That's really cool with the Garmin as well. If I don't feel like driving to the track, I can do 400 or 800 meter intervals on the hills from hell :-) Nice to see you getting your groove on.

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  2. Those intervals will hopefully make your normal training pace seem a little bit easier. At least that's what people always told me. I hope you got up in time for a swim.

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  3. Speed demon, sleep demon, I wish my company were equally interesting...

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  4. Great job on pushing yourself!

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  5. Hey! Brill intervals - great effort! As for the coffee beans well i got loads of funny faces but no men.... typical of my life really ...lol ;o)

    need more protein I guess!

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  6. Great run!!! Sounds like you need air conditioning for those shoes!

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  7. That's awesome on the track. Might have to change your turtle logo soon. The most important part is to know you can do it.

    One fast step at a time. Great job on the biking also... woohoo

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  8. Those times are smoking! I'm not sure, I think I've read you refer to yourself as slow- I hope to some day be as slow as you. But it would take a lot of work for me to get there!

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