Yesterday I did the aging veteran’s version of speedwork: 8 X 400 with a 200 jog rest. I don’t remember the last time I did 400’s (I’d guess it was spring or summer of 2000 – I could look it up – probably will – well, wait a minute, I’ll check my log – never mind).
Nonetheless it was a pretty good workout, although I had considerable energy left in the tank afterward. My goal was to run 1:45 (7 minute or roughly 5K pace – although I really had no idea where I was fitness-wise).
All in all it was a good day, 1:43, 1:42, 1:38, 1:41, 1:38, 1:39, 1:37, 1:33 and a huge lesson learned. This workout showed me that I need to get a better handle on the “quality” side of my training and stop treating myself so gently. I seem to be stuck in the long slow distance mode and I know better.
Time to push it!