I am so loving these track workouts that I figure you are all as fascinated by the details as I am. (However, on the off chance that I'm, err, wrong about that presumption, you know how to let me know. Just be kind.)
Tonight's track workout:
4 x 1000 (that's 2 1/2 times around the track, 4 times) with 200 recovery
Target pace = 6:40 (threshold pace--whatever that means)
1 mile warmup: 11:43
1st 1000: 6:11 (too fast)
2nd 1000: 6:22 (closer)
3rd 1000: 6:37 (better)
4th 1000: 6:42 (bingo)
1 mile cooldown: 12:09
I will say that our recovery was amazingly consistent.
Now David, I know that intervals are not supposed to go from fast to slow, but I'm just using my old Timex ironman watch so it's tough to get it right.
I ran with a little group of three tonight (within the larger group of about 100), and they anointed me timekeeper, cuz I was the only one with a watch. I had to keep slowing us down to nail 6:40, which we finally did during our last 1000. I may eat these words later, but this workout seemed a little too easy. I could definitely have run it faster, but I am trying to listen to our coach into who's hands I have placed my running career, and who swears that he knows what he's doing.
Afterwards, a nice bowl of soup at Panera with S. (my first time there, I know, don't mock me), and some...hot chocolate!
Aren't I supposed to hate track workouts? So far, they are like a happy drug for me. It's a hill workout next Tuesday. We'll see how happy I am about that.