Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Back on (the) Track

Today was a bit of a rough day. All day long it just felt like I couldn't do anything right. By mid-afternoon I was toast. I came home from work and crawled in bed. Less than an hour later Dave came home and that meant one thing, it was time for my first track workout in two years. I am currently signed up for the Houston Marathon, soon to be half marathon, and it's only 9ish weeks away. Back in May I ran a 1:44ish at the Capital City Half Marathon and I wanted to at least be able to duplicate that effort. So I picked up Dave's "Run Less, Run Faster" book and found a plan for a 1:45 half marathon. The first workout:

2 X (6 X 400) at 1:39
1:30 between each 400
2:30 between sets
cool down

Yes you read that right...TWELVE FREAKIN' FOUR HUNDREDS!!!

Needless to say, this workout scared me. Being that (a) I had a rough day and (b) this workout felt out of reach, I had a total meltdown on the track just a half mile into the warm up. I cried and cried and cried. And then I got my shit together. I love to run. I could totally do this.

And I did. I freakin' nailed those 400s...

1. 1:38
2. 1:35
3. 1:35
4. 1:34
5. 1:35
6. 1:35
7. 1:36
8. 1:36
9. 1:37
10. 1:36
11. 1:37
12. 1:37

Twelve 400s all under a 6:40 pace. I am so excited about this workout. I am so proud of myself for getting it done and not giving up. It's baby steps, but I'm starting to feel like the old Meredith is back.


Anonymous said...

That is excellent! Nice work!!

TriMOEngr said...

Way to go!

Karen said...

WOW! that is awesome... that plan doesn't joke around, does it? Day 1 will either scare you off or make you more determined I suppose. Nice job!

Meredith said...

@Karen - Plus, I am starting 8 weeks into the plan since I was still tri training.

Betsy said...

I love that you have meltdowns and cry and then get pissed, get it together and go do it....cause I do the same thing.

Even if the BF doesn't get it I'm sure you do :)

Susan DeBruin said...

Way to stick to it and totally rock out!! And yeah, it's nice to hear that I'm not the only one who has crying meltdowns

Andrea Hill said...

great job!!!

I think you'll like some of the workouts. They seem scary, but I know you'll totally be able to rock em.