I was heading to the track this morning and was all prepared with a light to clip onto a hat because the last couple of times it was dark out. But, today for the first time ever the lights were on because the grass was being cut. So, I had bright lights shining down making me feel like a rock star!
First warmed up with just over 2 miles of easy running. Put on my crocs and ran across the grass to get to the track then put my running shoes back on. Ran one lap around the track slowly to check it out. Said good morning to the guy cutting the grass. I was partially stalling, a little nervous about getting started, so I decided it was time to start.
Goal was to do 4 X 1600 @ 6:02
First repeat went well. On the second repeat I reversed directions which always throws off the garmin. I'm mainly just using it as a stop watch at this point. With a ways still to go on the fourth lap it said I had finished a mile (not true) in 5:18, which meant I had 42 seconds to finish. I ran without looking at the time again and hit the lap button as I finished and it was exactly 42 seconds, so 6:00 for the first and second repeat.
The third repeat was the fastest at 5:57. After the third one I was excited to only have one more left. Fourth one was good, too, but when I finished the last lap I didn't quite hit the lap button to record the time at first, but then tried again, so it was off by maybe one second, two at the most, so that one came in at 5:59.
Summary: 6:00, 6:00, 5:57, 5:59
I have one more set of these to do in about a month where the goal will be 4 X 1600 @ 5:54 which I have never done before.
After the track work headed back across the grass then ran easier for a cool down and to get my mileage over 10 for the day.
Average pace: 7:44