Week five of marathon training has begun and I'm really looking forward to having a strong month of training. I gave myself a extra day's rest after Sunday's 16-miler, so I headed to the track this morning instead of yesterday.
|The back stretch of my warmup mile.|
Mile repeats were back on the schedule and I felt ready to tackle them head on. The temperature was still below 60 and sunny with just a little bit of humidity, absolutely beautiful running weather.
1 mile warm up
3 x 1600m @ 7:24 w/ 1:00 rest
1 mile cooldown
|Ready to do this!|
7:29 (felt effortless and I had a lot more to give)
7:31 (a little tougher, but still in control)
7:26 (wanted to make this the fastest and sped up ever so slightly every 100m of the last lap)
|I love the feeling of slingshotting off the last curve |
into the homestretch of the last lap.
I really do need to remember to look at my target paces before going to the track, but I always forget. You'd also think I start remembering what they are, but I don't. I thought my 1600m pace was 7:29, so I was super excited to see that I hit it pretty much perfectly. I get back to see that it was actually 7:24, crap...close enough! I also gave myself an extra thirty seconds of rest between intervals, which was still an improvement over the last time I did this workout and took 2:30 of rest. That minute goes by fast!
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