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.