I’ve heard from numerous people that I should run with a training group. I always resisted, I didn’t think I was fast enough to run with a group. I didn’t want to hold the group back or be the slowest person.
Thankfully, Suze snapped me out of this mindset when she signed up to train with the Pacers Distance Training group to prepare for the Marine Corps Marathon in October. They were doing their workouts by the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington until the school year finished up and they could head back to the track.
Wednesday night, I finally got to try my first track out and all I have to say was “That was so fun!!” I was like a person possessed out there. I actually ran really fast – not just fast for me but normal person fast.
Our workout for the day was 800 repeats. Depending on what you were training for you could do between 3 and 5 with 400 walks/jogs between. After a warm up lap, we were supposed to do our first 800 at a pace we could improve upon with each repeat – in other words, we were not supposed to go out super fast and then fizzle out. The goal was a nice negative split at the end.
Much like Monday’s (baller) hill workout, I got excited in the group setting and did my warm up lap in 2:02 (an 8:29 pace). Whoops. I was going to have to really slow it down on the first 800 so I could last though the whole workout.
I ran the first 800 without looking at my Garmin until the end. I wanted to run comfortably and not get obsessed with the times – especially since I never ran on a track before. I finished up and realized I ran it in 4:50 (an 8:51 pace – I was running to the middle/outside of the track so each lap was coming in at about .55). I told the coach I knew I was going out too fast and I’d try to reign it in on the second lap.
Then the second 800 wrapped up in 4:44 (8:41 pace). Hm… I felt fine. Maybe I should just keep trying to run a little faster each time. My last two 800’s were 4:21 (7:56 pace) and 4:16 (7:50 pace). I think the expression to best sum this up is WTF. Who was this person running in my body. I felt GREAT out there. Totally winded and tired on the last 800 but still good enough to knock 5 seconds of the previous repeat.
Edit: There was some more posting going on here about how the last two really exciting and really good, quality, healthy workout would impact that training plan that I was planning to follow but WordPress ate it. For once, I actually have work to do so I’ll make that a separate post next week.
Have you ever accomplished something during a workout that surprised you?