AM: 66min :: 10M
PM : 8 x 800m (2:22 avg/2:18 last); 2:00 rec; 3M wm/4M cd :: 11M
Tonight's workout could not have revealed my current state of fitness anymore plainly. Initially my plan was to start out with 2:24s and hopefully work my way down to 2:20. However, since the last couple of workouts have gone so well, my expectations were that I would run faster than the plan I had set.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I struggled through a 2:23 on the first one. Everything felt out of whack, I wasn't comfortable on the corners of the indoor track, and it was hard to imagine running seven more at that pace. Number two (2:23) was only slightly better, but then, strangely, on the third (2:22) interval everything seemed to click. I started to notice something interesting as the workout went on. I would start out each interval feeling strong. About midway through lap 2 things would get a little tougher but I kept the same rhythm. Lap 3 would be about 1/2 second slower and the pace would really start to feel tough. The last go-round I would have to concentrate on maintaining my form and (gasp!) actually have to force myself to pick up the pace. I would finish pretty gassed, but as I jogged the rest interval I recovered quickly. By the time the next interval rolled around I was completely rested. The remaining intervals (2:22, 2:23, 2:22, 2:20, 2:18) all followed the same format.
So it is obvious that my top end isn't very high at the moment, but I'm working off a huge base that allows my to recovery quickly between hard efforts. To use the car analogy, I have a really big gas tank, but I have to start adding more cylinders to the engine.
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