This year, I'm hoping that with a stronger training plan and no two week vacation, I can significantly improve on that time. For me, 2010 was all about quantity. I worked my way up to running five times a week and almost doubled my mileage from 2009. In 2011, I'm hoping to maintain the miles, but starting adding some speed. There will be a lot more quality runs this year!
With that in mind, I headed to the track last night for my first speed session of this training cycle. I had 800s on the schedule and had no idea how it was going to go. I think it may have been my first time on a track in at least ten years!
I was excited to test out my (relatively) new Kinvaras after a few test runs on the treadmill and also finally use my Garmin for more than timing my run. You can program in workouts - who knew? :) I had a slight hiccup after the first 800 when my 1:30 rest interval wouldn't end. Since I couldn't figure out was going on, I changed the rest to 400m. As I was running the workout, I realized that I had probably programmed in an hour and thirty minutes of rest instead of a minute and thirty seconds. Oops! I saw 00:00:00 and assumed it was minutes, seconds, tenths of seconds. It made total sense at the time, but thinking about it now I can see that if I wear the watch to time a marathon, it needs to track hours (and, really, who times their rest down to the tenth of a second?). Maybe my brain was just frozen when I was setting it up - it was pretty cold out there last night!
6x800 later and I was done. I even managed to be consistent, which is definitely not my strength. I tend to be a "start too fast and then die" type of runner. All in all, a pretty good experience. That's probably a good thing, since I have to go back next week!