Last night I headed out around 7:30 for a few 800s. Still high on the successful 400s from last week, I happily skipped onto the track and lined up at the start.
Positive mindset? Check.
Fresh legs? Check.
Awesome music? Check.
Check Check Check!
The goal for each split was 4:22, an 8:44 pace. I didn’t think this would be a problem considering our slowest split last Tuesday (albeit half the distance) was 2:05, an 8:21 pace.
I queued up David Guetta’s “I’m a Machine”, hit start on my Garmin, and it was go time. I hit 8:42 about 400 meters in and held it there for the first lap. Once we started the second lap, I made the stupid decision to change songs. It threw off my rhythm and when I checked my watch next I was hovering just above a 9 minute mile. I tried to speed up a little bit but immediately my legs felt tired (should have been a sign of things to come) so I just held steady until the finish.
- 800m – 4:25 (8:50 pace)
During recovery I knew this workout was going to be HARD. I was confused as to why, since we were coming off of two run-free days. After 400m recovery (rather than 2 min, because I was dying), we lined back up again.
And after one lap, I had to stop. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get my legs turning over any faster. I never saw an eight during that lap, but felt like I was running a seven. Brad asked if I wanted to just finish out the rest of our 4 mile workout easy and call it a day. I suggested we finish out the second lap and then decide.
- 800m – 4:50 (9:30 pace)
Womp womp. And that was the end of Tuesday’s speedwork. A quick calculation let me know I had only eaten 800-900 calories, and no afternoon snack. Well DUH. No wonder I felt like crap. No fuel, no speed!
We finished out the rest of our run, slow and steady. 4 miles in 47:48, 11:56 pace. Slow slow slow, but it was so hard to keep moving. Summer, are you over yet?
Lesson learned. Next Tuesday I will fuel properly, and then run like the wind!
What’s your favorite pre-run snack?