I did a track workout this morning. I was hoping that Randall might join me, however he had left open the possibility that he might not make it. I was at the Y at 6:00, waited around for a few minutes and then got started on the warm up. It was nice out this morning, mid to high 50's, no wind, good humidity.
The first good thing I noticed was that the running felt easy, natural and flowing. It was at an "easy" pace, but this time that equated to an easy run. I did a little over two miles to get things started then headed over to the track.
I did one lap on the track as part of some additional warm up. Then I set out on the first repeat. I was planning on 6 X 800. During the first lap there was a guy who worked there (either coach or maintenance guy I'm not sure) who said something to me, I said hi back. It was still pitch black out with just some light coming from a nearby parking lot, most of the buildings were still dark. Since I had slowed down because of this I figured I would start again.
So, I did. Since it was dark and I didn't want to fiddle with my garmin too much I just ran by what felt right. I did look at the time at the end of the first lap I was right at 1:29. Wow! I was right on. It was a good sign that I didn't have to constantly check my pace. I did the second lap and came in at 3:02. I'm still not sure if I'm hitting the lap button exactly when I finish, I might be a little bit slow. I guess it doesn't matter too much as long as I do it the same each time.
At the third lap I was beginning to doubt myself as to whether I could do all six at this pace. That must mean I'm doing it right and pushing myself, so I kept on going.
I did all 6 800's. As I started the last one I thought about doing 7 today. I made a deal with myself if I did the last one in under 3:00 then I would call that the end. Also, for the past week or so I have been in a slight running funk and thought that quitting on a positive note would be a good idea.
Here are my splits:
3:02, 2:56, 3:01, 2:59, 3:01, 2:58
I jogged back to the Y across the ball fields. The sun was just coming up now. The grass was wet with the morning dew and I could see my footprints from the walk out there at the start of the track work. I thought to myself, "wow, that guy sure did get up early :) ". I then headed on an out and back cool down. Somehow this all added up to 10 miles exactly. Usually I hit the stop button on the garmin and I write down whatever that happened to be. Today it was exactly 10.00