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Getting on track

I’m not sure when I’ll get used to running at 6:15 a.m. It just doesn’t seem normal to me.

Anyway, today’s group workout was tough, but fortunately it was similar to workouts I did this past winter. And the weather was absolutely perfect. Upper 50s/low 60s, relatively low humidity – you couldn’t ask for better weather in Virginia in early July.

So, here’s the workout I did this morning on the track with a bunch of much faster and older moms that I now have much more respect for.
800: 3:24
800: 3:32
800: 3:26
400: 1:24
400: 1:31
800: 3:33
(each distance included a 400 recovery)

Including a warmup and cool down, I logged about 6 miles. We also did about 5 minutes of a “core” workout, something I plan to do much more of this summer. As far as effort is concerned, on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say I gave a 7 on the 800s, a 10 on the first 400 and an 8 on the second 400.

I’m pleased that I can pace myself well enough to have my slowest and fastest times on the 800s be within 10 seconds. I can probably push myself a little harder, and that’ll come with more experience. As far as the 400s are concerned, today I felt like I had the energy I usually do for a final kick. On the second 400, I was a bit tired and couldn’t push it very hard down the last 100 meters, but I still had a good burst of energy.

So now comes a very quick recovery today (lots of water and a good night’s sleep) for the Academy One Miler in downtown Lynchburg tomorrow. I have a goal of less than 7 minutes, but that will all depend on how this morning’s workout affects me. It’ll be my wife’s first race, so I’m looking more forward to that than I am setting a PR.

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  1. Danny
    July 3, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    those are some fast times!

    thanks for stopping by. good luck with your quest for your first marathon. i’ll be right there with you training for another one in november.

  2. Thomas
    July 3, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Don’t worry, running at 6:15 becomes second nature if you do it often enough. Believe me, I know.

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