On the schedule: Wednesday night track workout, with the D.C. Road Runners: 10x400, with 100 recovery, which, with a 1 mile warmup and 1 mile cooldown, would give me a nice 5 miles.
I haven't been on the track in <cough> weeks, so I was a little worried. Ten repeats? Really? Maybe I could shoot for five and see if I'm coughing up a lung.
I met up with my New Triathlon Program mentee, who is two years my senior (yes, you read that right), and runs 7 minute miles. Yes, I'm mentoring her. Don't ask.
She agreed to pace me to hit my target 400 time, 2:16-2:22, based on the handy McMillan running calculator.
Off we go! Whee! I am FEELING GOOD!
First 400: 2:22
2nd 400: 2:03
Damn! But, OK, that was a total fluke. No way did I just run an 8 minute mile.
3rd 400: 1:58
What??! I'm not even out of breath! I must be in way better shape than I thought.
4th 400: 2:01
OK, I am in AWESOME SHAPE. I can do 10 of these standing on my head. I'm barely sweating! I am en fuego.
5th 400: 1:55 I am seriously not even trying. Have I finally conquered running?? I RULE!
And that's when my mentee and I split up, so she could, as she colloquially put it, "Challenge myself a little bit."
I'm amazed I managed to carry on a conversation. How is that possible?? In fact, I vaguely recall um, being unbelievably annoyed by peeps chatting on the track. "If you're chatting, you ain't working!"
So, you know where this is going, right?
6th 400: 1:55 God, I'm so consistent!
7th 400: 1:5...wait a minute....how come I'm starting and ending at the exact same place even though I have 100 recovery in between? How is that possible??? [Wheels start slowly turning as brain processes question. And...cue lightbulb.]
ARE YOU ON CRACK? HELLO????
YOU ARE DOING 300s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU DID NOT SUDDENLY START RUNNING 8 MINUTE MILES!!!!
Nevermind 10x400, you need 10xdopeslap!
8th 400: 2:22 Ah, yes, this suddenly feels harder. And familiar.
9th 400: 2:34 Oh HOW THE MIGHTY FALL.
10th 400: 2:23 Le sigh.
In my defense, if I hadn't broken my NO TALKING rule, I would have been paying attention, and I would have realized that if you run 400, with 100 recovery, it's not really possible, mathematically, physically, or on any other plane of existence, to start and end at the same place.
Oh yes, you want ME as your MENTOR.
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