This was the temperature in the middle of my workout and notice, it's after 7:00pm.
The workout looked like this:
1 mile warm up
2 X (6 X 400 at 1:31 pace) with 1:30 rest interval
2:30 rest interval in between sets
1 mile cool down
I started with the 1 mile warm up and was already sweating bullets. But, I love 400s so I thought, this ought not to be too bad. And for the first three it wasn't.
Interval 1 - 1:28
Interval 2 - 1:27
Interval 3 - 1:27
Starting with the fourth 400 I was beginning to lose it mentally. I was trying to focus but all I could think was "I'm gonna barf." The times were still good though.
Interval 4 - 1:27
Interval 5 - 1:28
Interval 6 - 1:29
Instead of the 2:30 rest break between sets, I took a full five minutes. I refilled my water bottle and took a bathroom break.
Interval 7 - 1:29
And the worst of the worst...my iPod died. NOOOO!!!! Guess I was sweating too much. Why can't Apple come up with a waterproof iPod shuffle since it's supposed to be used for exercise?
Interval 8 - 1:29
Interval 9 - 1:30
Interval 10 - 1:29
Interval 11 - 1:30
Interval 12 - 1:31
Then I threw up in my mouth. Ew! I know! But, god was it hot.
I finished out the workout with an easy mile cool down.
This was my favorite workout when I did the half marathon training plan and has so far, been my favorite workout for marathon training. I love 400s. They're tough but doable and short compared to everything else in marathon training.
It begs the question, though....if I can run 12 400s at roughly a 6:00 pace, how come I couldn't have run a 6:00 mile in the last race?