Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Success!

I'm so psyched! Nalani and I had a great track workout this morning... 5 x 1200's @ 5K pace with 2 min recoveries. I wasn't actually sure that I could do this workout, but I knew it would be good for Nalani, so I figured I would go and just do the best I could even if I was running a bit behind her the whole time. While I have been hitting the track recently, I haven't done 5K pace anything since my calf injury. Instead, I've been doing longer cruise intervals with shorter rest (in hopes that I wouldn't re-injure my calf that way).

Anyway, last night I made the decision that my calf was ready and I was going to run 5K pace this morning even if it killed me. Even just for one of the 1200's. "Just hit the pace for one of them and the workout will be a success..." I told myself.

So #1. Hit the pace. Faster, actually, than we intended. Isn't that how the first one always goes? Though seriously, I was psyched. It was the fastest 1200 I've run in a loooong time. Wasn't sure I'd be able to do it again though.

#2. Did it again! Ok, not quite as fast as the first one, but still under 5K goal pace so I was thrilled. And I think I might be able to do it again...

#3. Did it again. It's hurting, but I'm nailing this workout and couldn't be happier! Over the hump. Only two more. Maybe I can actually run ALL of these faster than 5K pace? Really?

#4. Ok, I really had to push to get this one in under goal pace. But I did it! Phew! During our 2 minute recovery after this one I actually told Nalani that there was a possibility I was going to shit myself on this last one, so if she heard a loud noise or smelled something funny- just keep running. Sounds funny to write it now but at the time I was completely serious.

#5. Checked my split at the first 400. Right on. Panting panting panting... Second 400... I hope I don't shit myself... still on pace at the 800... go go go... at the 1000 I start wondering if Big Daddy gives an award for shitting yourself at a track workout? I can't believe I'm thinking about this as I round the last corner... GO GO GO!!! We sprinted it in, and blew that goal pace to pieces! Ok, not really, but I did get several seconds under my 'best case scenario' pace on all 5 of them which was a major breakthrough for me! And I also managed to get behind a bush before the shit came rushing out. So, success on all fronts.

20 comments:

Roz said...

Um, graphic, but congrats on making your splits! I love track workouts!

The Chapples said...

Nice work on the track and, er, nice job on not crapping yourself. :P

H said...

Ha ha love it, I know that feeling, it only accompanies those uber hard workouts!! Great work :0) x

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Well.... No I dont, though not many people would blog about this, or label it as "GI issues", AND not many people would till haul arse in the scenrio, you just rock. of course I can always twist it and award a pukie, its sorta, kinda, like it for the other way.

Angela and David Kidd said...

Nice work - both on the track and getting to a bush! Totally know that feeling. The worst was when it would happen at high school track meets. I'd just keep running straight through the finish to the bathroom.

cherelli said...

Nice work, graphic post, classy, love it!

Regina said...

RE: first one too fast? Do as you say, not as you do? ;)

As for "success on all fronts". I'd say the that last line proves success not on the front, but the 'back end' of things. ha!

Congrats on being speedy and enduring!

Running and living said...

It's funny bc I always have gi issues after the track (and not all puking) and there is no baathroom around so I run for the bushes. I always carry toillet paper, I learnt:) COngrats on the workout! Yay for going for it and succeeding!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Woohoo on an awesome track workout....minus the poop issue...ha ha! :)

Beth said...

Whooew! Great job on the track! Always very rewarding to hit the times you didn't think possible!! Great training! :)

N.D. said...

love a great workout :) nice job mama!

Ange said...

woohoooooooo GREAT JOB!

Shevaun said...

I am so glad to know I am not the only one scouting emergency poop bushes on my runs. Believe me, there have been times when a small drainage ditch looked like plenty of privacy.

kerrie said...

lol...i just spit my coffee out. what is it about the track that "brings" that out??

DC Running Mama said...

EWWW! That's why they make black tight shorts!

Clare said...

that is the ONE thing i miss about not being able to run! no other work out gets things going like running, huh? ha ha!

jessithompson said...

LOL... you bad ass, girl!

Rebecca DeWire said...

Glad you didn't poop your pants! That had me laughing pretty hard. Nice job on your pacing. I predict some serious running PRs for you this year :)

Angela said...

And this is why I love the fact that we are lucky to have restrooms at the school tracks! Although on occasion I've had to make a pit stop behind bushes and brick walls...

prashant said...

Nice work on the track and, er, nice job on not crapping yourself.
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