Tonight was the last midweek 10 miler on the schedule. But it wasn't just any 10 miler. It was 10 miles with 10 x 800 with 400 meter jogs in between. I have never done that many 800's before. I was successful with 8 x 800 a few weeks back, so I was determined to make it 2 more this time out.
When I told my coworker and running buddy, Terry, about the plan for tonight, she thought I was absolutely crazy. We've got our longest long run this weekend coming up. Crazy I may be, but I'm only following the direction of the Mayor of Running. Things seems to be going pretty darn well, so who am I to argue?
Admittedly, speedwork is not my thing. During the first 800 I thought "this is going to be tough." The second and third were still a chore. But somewhere around the fifth one I fell into a rhythm. As daunting as 30 laps of the track seems when you think of it ahead of time, they just started clicking off. I'm not sure the 800's got any easier as I progressed, its just that after a while I stopped thinking about it and just ran. I'd have to say that I was pretty consistent throughout the entire 10 x 800's.
3:53, 4:00, 3:54, 3:54, 3:57, 4:00, 4:01, 3:58, 4:00, and 3:55.
Whether this translates to a 4 hour marathon as the mayor suggests, I'll leave to greater minds than mine to debate. All I know it that I'm am glad to have this workout in the books and I'm happy to see no more midweek 10 milers on the schedule through the remaining 3 weeks of training. Yeah!!