I was a little nervous about going into "Track Tuesday" this morning with only five hours of sleep, but it was a great (albeit butt-kicking) workout.
My training plan called for 4x1200 and 4x400 with 400m rest intervals and half mile warm up and
half mile cool down (6.75 miles total). Here are the splits -
1st 1200 - 4:54 (6:35 pace)
2nd 1200 - 4:52 (6:32 pace)
3rd 1200 - 4:57 (6:36 pace)
4th 1200 - 4:48 (6:25 pace)
1st 400 - 1:26 (5:49 pace)
2nd 400 - 1:25 (5:57 pace)
3rd 400 - 1:34 (6:16 pace)
4th 400 - 1:31 (6:07 pace)
I sure hope all this speed work pays off in my upcoming races. Phew!
In this post I shared one of my favorite running quotes, and asked why you run, and if you saw yourself as the lion, the gazelle or something else. You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the cool comments. I really loved reading your thoughts.
So now I will share mine. If I had to pick just between the lion and the gazelle, I would definitely be a lion. I am strong and determined. I run with purpose and intensity much of the time. And yet the lion doesn't quite fit me.
As I have thought about it, I have decided I am definitely most like a horse. Have you ever spent a lot of time with horses? I worked with horses (lots of thoroughbreds) for years. While it is horses' instinct to run from predators and danger, horses don't just run because they have to, they also run because they want to. They run because it is a part of what they are. It's in their blood and in their spirit. They run because it is what they do.They run because they love it. I have never seen a horse happier or more content than they are after a good run. You can see it in a horse's eyes that running is fun. Horses run when they are feeling good. They run when they are mad. They run when they are stressed. They run when they are frightened. They run with friends and they run on their own. Sometimes they run light and bouncy, and sometimes they run flat out as hard as they can. They run because there is something inside of them that tells them to "go".
Yes, I am definitely more like a horse than a lion or a gazelle.
A baby horse is up on it's feet almost right after it is born, and can run at a gallop by the next day. I don't know why it took me so long to find this part of myself. I don't know why I didn't go for my first run until I was 32 years old. All I know is that when I went on that first run, I unlocked a part of myself, an instinct, that was just waiting to be found, and even though running was HARD and I was slow, I loved it, and I was hooked.
There are lots of reasons why I run. I run because it has helped me get into (and stay in) shape. I run because I want to get faster and to be able to run further. I run because it clears my head and calms my soul. I run because it's fun. I run because I love the "me" time. I run because it feels good, and because I have found it is one of the best things I can do for myself, physically and emotionally. I run because I love a challenge. But all of that makes it sound more complicated than it really is.
What it really comes down to, is that I run because it is a part of who I am. I run because it is in my blood and in my spirit. I run because it is what I do. I run because I love it. I run because there is something inside of me that tells me to "go".