I’m so happy with how this run went. I almost turned around at the half mile marker to go back to bed! But, I talked to myself, and decided that I was already up and running – I may as well try to run a little.
The plan was 6 x 400m, with 400m recovery. As I was running my mile warm up I was thinking it was already tough, and that I couldn’t run fast first thing in the morning. Maybe I could run 2 x 400m, that would make it a 3 mile run.
To not put any pressure on myself, I decided to just run, I would aim to run 400m faster than my easy pace, if possible faster than my goal race pace (which, to be honest, I have no idea how fast that is). I decided to take each 400m as it came. I did one, that wasn’t too bad. I decided I could do one more. Then I did another. Then I thought I could push on and do the third. After the third came my turn around point, and I managed to keep pushing for 3 more repeats. All 6 done! Talk about talking yourself into it.
For each 400m: 8:20, 8:16, 8:14, 8:05, 7:49, 7:47.
I’m so happy with this run. I looked at my first 400m, and saw I was running around an 8:20min/mile pace. I thought I would be happy with that for the entire six repeats. On the 5th repeat, I had another sneaky glance, and say I was below an 8min/mile pace. What?! I didn’t think I had that it me right now.
Looking at these splits I am amazed. Sure, it’s not as fast as I have run in the past, but to run each split faster than the last makes me incredibly happy. To run the last two below an 8 minute mile pace makes me ecstatic. The fact that I finished this work out when I didn’t even want to run.. Well.. That just goes to show that I can do this! I just need to put my mind to it.