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Wednesday Night Speed: 7 x 800m

Wednesday Night Speed:  7 x 800m

Missing:  My Lungs

Last seen:  Roosevelt High School somewhere around the 5th rep

If found, please return. 


Another dark stormy night in Seattle. Must be Wednesday night.

Let the records show that Wednesday December 28 2011 was a stormy, stormy day.  Sitting at my office computer gazing out the window all I could see was a dark gray haze.  The view wasn’t what was bad, I’ve seen enough gray days here, rather it was the sound of the rain on the roof, a much better indicator of just how hard the rain was falling.

Now just to clarify I don’t mind running in the rain at all, in fact I rather enjoy it, but I’m not sure one could call this rain.  Several of my co-workers stopped by my office most were leaving early and all of them thought I was insane to stick around to go to a “running workout”.

I faithfully informed them that I couldn’t remember a Wednesday night workout where the rain didn’t cease for a few hours, but deep down I had my doubts (enough doubt that I was trying to figure out how to do the workout on Thursday morning).

The rain was still coming down when I made the drive over to the track.  It came down as I started my warm-up, but by the time I reached the track it stopped and the sky cleared up thanks to a crazy wind storm; clearly this will be a fun night.

I made my way over the workout notebook ready to see some sort-of temp workout when to my surprise I read the following:  7 x 800m 2 minute recovery.  What?  What happened to “easy (ier)” 20 minute tempo runs?  800’s?

Normally I would have loved this workout but I hadn’t done speed since October and clearly I was expecting a tempo run.  Not to mention I was a bit ambitious with my new Pilates routine and should have skipped the Tuesday workout.  Luckily before I panicked I looked at the times; group 4’s pace 3:06 and 3:03.  Usually group 4 would be faster; I figured Tom was easing us into speed.  This workout might not be so bad.

Announcements, strides and warm-up quarter done we were ready to line-up in groups:  the only problem?  No one was running in group 4.  The group of high school girls I’d been running with for the past 2 weeks were bumped to 3A.  I don’t think I’ve ever run with 3A but I know I’d run this workout before faster than group 4 pace it just usually much later during the season. I didn’t want to run 800s alone so I settled in with 3A.

The plan was to run a “slow” 800 followed by a “fast” one:  our pace 2:59 and 2:56 with 2 minutes recovery in between.  We ran 3:01 (we went out fast and slowed down too much on the second lap), 2:57, 2:59, 2:54, 2:58, 2:51 and 2:55.

It was fast for sure but not pretty.  Have you seen the episode of Friends where Phoebe runs in the park?  That’s what I looked like.  (Here’s the link if you haven’t seen it:   The wind certainly didn’t help, it felt like it was circulating around the track, I actually watched one of the little high school girls in my group get blown off the track.

My legs were most definitely tired.  The first 3 or 4 reps were a blur (when did 2 laps get so short?), by the 5th I was tired and just held on for the last reps.  Surprisingly I was able to still finish strong (without collapsing) though I usually feel a lot better.  I think I lost my lungs around rep 5 (one of the slow ones) by the end of the workout my chest physically hurt like it’d been torn in two.  Am I getting too old for this?

With all that being said, it was amazing :).  It’s nice to get some quick shorter reps in and it was nice to see I still had some speed in my legs.  My cool down felt better than the last 2 weeks but I realized no more Pilates the day before a workout.  I could really feel it in my hip, silly ambition, just need to make smarter choices.

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One comment on “Wednesday Night Speed: 7 x 800m

  1. Pingback: Week in Review: Goodbye 2011 you weren’t that bad… « run pretty run fast

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