Tuesday's workout was 4 x 1600's (4 laps) at a 10K pace. Hmmm, this is like my tempo run on Monday except I get a 2 minute rest in-between reps. How would it go? Better than Monday?
To start off I was wearing different shoes. These weren't necessarily better shoes because I forgot to pack my shoes and had to pull out the shoes I keep in my car for those days I want to go run and have nothing with me ( that has only occurred twice over the last 4 years). My first rep I messed up the timer on my watch but think it was about a 7:20. Pretty good considering the day before the best I managed was a 7:50.
I really shouldn't knock the 7:50 the day before. It was in the dark (but I had a headlamp), early morning (I was still sleeping), I was by myself (no one to chase after), and it was a true mile (compared to 4 laps which comes to 9 meters short of a mile).
Whenever I start a workout I wonder how can I complete the whole thing? It's hard work running circles and maintaining the pace. I just have to remind myself to take one lap at a time and it gets done. The next 1600 I ran a 7:04 and the guy that ran a 7 flat on the first one, dropped behind me during the first lap. And I was worried if I'd be able to keep up with him when we started off together.
Rep 3 was a 7:02 and the last one I wanted to go for a faster time and did the first lap in 1:41 and purposely didn't check my watch on each of the following laps. I should have because I could have tried to make adjustments. I ran a 7:03 which is still really great. Overall I'm pleased and ran my 1600's much closer to a 5K pace than a 10K pace and the level of effort felt good.
While I was running my circles I had an idea about a giveaway which I'll probably wait until the first of the year to start. It won't be your simple giveaway where you write a comment, sit back and check your mailbox. I'm going to be a slave driver and make you work for the prize. Your running will increase your chances to win.