Coming off my last attempt and interval workout, I was feeling pretty confident that I would be coming home with a new PR. I even told Lani to expect that when I got back. She told me she was. After a 3/4 mile warm up and some stretching, I was on my way. I started out at what I thought was a comfortable pace. That thought ended when my 20 second timer beeped several strides after the first 100m. After one lap, my time was 1:15. Wow! I was feeling good, but thought I'd better slow it down a tad. Second lap, I definitely slowed it down. Maybe a little too much. My time for that lap was 1:23, which still had me 2 seconds under my goal time of 5:20. My third lap was also a 1:23, which put me 1 second over. But knowing I was able to run a 1:16 final lap last week, I was still confident I'd get a new PR. I started to pick up the pace, but didn't seem to be making up any ground over the first half, so I gave it all I had for the last 200m. My final lap split was 1:12. Total mile time... 5:13! 8 seconds faster than last week! Exhausted as I was, it was definitely an incredible feeling. I'm getting so close.
My interval workouts are definitely paying off. I'll probably try some 800m repeats this week keeping them around 2:30. I should be in pretty good shape if I can do 3 or 4 of those. Hopefully I'll see as much benefit as I did from my last interval session.
Stay tuned for attempt #9.