I debated whether or not to report this attempt for two reasons. 1) I had a different workout planned, and 2) it sucked.
I left the house planning to do 4 800s at 2:40 pace at the junior high track (which only seemed about 2 miles away). I wanted to do an easy warm up from the house. It turns out that the track was actually over 3 miles away. I had told Lani when I expected to be back based on my 2 mile estimate. By the time I got to the track, I knew I wouldn't have enough time to do my planned workout, so I thought "What the heck. Let's just do a mile."
After last weeks attempt, I had made a new plan. For my next attempt, I'd try to run the quarters in 1:20. That would give me mile time of 5:20, 5 seconds faster than my current best, and that much closer to my goal. I don't know what happened, but I started out way too fast. Maybe I was distracted by the guys driving their suped-up remote control cars across the track, but my first quarter was a 1:10. Whoa! About half way through the second lap, I began to realize just how big of a mistake that was.
Second lap - 1:25
Third lap - 1:34
Final lap - 1:31
Oh my. I was completely exhausted. It was getting hot, and I still had more than 3 miles to get back home. I hadn't realized how big those hills were when I was coming down them.
Things to remember for next time:
1. Make sure my warm-up is closer to 1 mile than 3.
2. Go earlier in the morning before it gets too hot.
3. Stick to the game plan - 1:20 quarters.
4. Don't stay up so late watching 24.
Stay tuned for attempt #7 (and a new PR).