Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mile attempt #8

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.

4 comments:

nwgdc said...

it's great to see the progress! that list on the right column of your blog is mighty impressive...keep it moving down!

Nitmos said...

13 seconds to go! That's like from here to there. You know, not very far.

steve said...

Tremendous progress!

Great reading....

--Steve

Shilingi-Moja said...

Hongera! I'm pulling for you as you work on the last 14 seconds (13 only gets you to, not under, 5:00).