I had 5 miles to do with a one mile warm up and 8 x 400, with recovery jogs of 400 m. in between. My goal pace for the 400's were 1:42-1:48 (6:48-7:12). The weather was GORGEOUS. We're talking low 60's, barely any humidity, crazy overcast, and a slight breeze. This would've been perfect track meet weather back in the day. ;) [btw, just went to insert a pic from high school track here for nostalgia sake and realized that facebook deleted the album of random HS pics. A-holes. :(]
I did a nice warm up mile on the track, and quickly remembered why I hated running distance in track. You want me to run how many laps?!?!?! Haha, ok not quite that bad, but I definitely preferred to run 1/4 of the track or 1/2 of the track vs. 4 laps. ;) After the warm up I stretched really well and then got ready for some speed!
I started out a bit too fast on the first repeat, but didn't fade too much. After the first couple of 400's, I felt the pace pretty easily and stopped looking at the pace on my Garmin altogether. It's so much easier to get into a groove pace-wise when you're going fast. After the 4th 400 I took a quick water break for a sip. On #5 there was a guy who started 150-175 m. ahead of me, that I decided to chase down. Heh, competitive little B. The last lap I ran a really hard final 150 to see how fast I could get it done in.
I finished the 5 miles in 42:24 for a pace of 8:29. My avg. pace for 400 was 1:40. Maybe I'll move my goal pace up a little bit next time I do these. ;)
I really wanted to take some sweet pictures of my new love, but there were quite a few people walking/jogging/rollerblading w/their dogs (wtf?), so I felt silly. Good thing I see there being many many more dates to come!
The best part of the track is that it's totally bike-able distance from my apartment, just not tonight as I a Mexican food date with one of my best guy friends from college. I think I'm in looooooooooove.*
*With the track, for clarification purposes. ;)