Saturday, July 19, 2014

Week 14: BIH Half - speed work 11x800 meters

This week I skipped my runs on Monday and Tuesday and did runs with awesome running friends on Wednesday and Thursday.
Here's the scoop for my repeats.  I wasn't consistent on my times, but I pushed through to the end.  Of course I would rather them be have each lap by the same pace, but I did what I could.

Here's the stats:
1.  2:10; 2:07 = 4:18
2.  2:00; 2:15 = 4:15 (compensated with a too fast first lap)
3.  2:11; 2:07 = 4:18
4.  2:04; 2:12 = 4:16
5.  2:10; 2:06 = 4:16
6.  2:07; 2:11 = 4:18
7. 2:17; 1:58 = 4:15 (Legs felt like lead... then picked it up)
8.  1:59; 2:15 = 4:15 (again too fast first 400 and compensated for the second 400 meters)
9.  2:09; 2:15 = 4:14
10.  2:11; 2:05 = 4:16
11.  2:05; 2:08 = 4:13
I had a hard time with these last 5 repeats.  At one point I was going to stop short of doing all the repeats.  Fortunately I was able to talk some sense into myself.  My mental strategy was basically to convince myself that I can always run 100, 200, or 400 meters.  I also was able to visualize the finish line of the Bird in Hand half marathon.
Any suggestions on how to make some improvements?