I have a goal of running a 6 minute mile by August. That's only 2 weeks from now. This spring, I ran a high 6. I figured I was around a 6:30 right now based upon my 440 splits during my last two track sessions. I was running around 1:30 and slightly under.
Today, I prepped for my run with the new Gatorade fruit punch flavored G Pre. It is basically different forms of sugars and vitamins from what I can tell. It's not too many calories and it definitely gave me a little energy. It says to consume the liquid 15 minutes prior to your workout. I drank the pouch's contents and then jogged a 2.5 mile warmup around Lake Eola and environs. I could feel a little boost around the 2 mile mark.
Anytime I take pre-workout supplements, it reminds of the best advice I ever received from another runner. Back in high school, one my fellow harriers used to consume a few tablespoons of honey before a race. That worked wonders. I don't recommend it for long runs, but for running 3 miles, it helps. Thanks Tom H.
Well, my time trial to see where I am and if I'm even close to hitting 6 minutes in another time trial that takes place in 2 weeks went well. Setting the stage, it was a mostly clear day. Around 6:30pm and 93 degrees. Weather.com says it felt like 100 degrees. Whatever. It was 93 and there's no denying it was hot. Being Florida, it was naturally humid.
I took off like I was running my 440 splits, because that is my eventual goal in two weeks. Why not see if it's possible now. 1:29 on the first lap. Perfect. Could I keep it up? Almost. 3:07 on the second lap, which translates to 1:38. Nine seconds off the first lap. I was starting to worry in my head. That, of course, is the killer of champions. Doubt. I would not fall prey to this evil. 4:44 on my third. That's 1:37 which is practically the same speed as the second lap. Maintaining speed at this point was a victory since I didn't fall off pace any more. Did I mention it was windy? Wind at my back on the back straight and running into it on the finish. I gave it all I had on the last lap. I obviously slowed down, because with a decent kick on the last straight, I ran a 1:34. My estimated time of 6:30 was beaten. I ran a 6:18 mile. Twelve seconds faster than I expected. I just need to take off 18 seconds. That's 4.5 seconds per lap. That's possible.
Tomorrow is my LD day. I can sleep well tonight knowing I am on track to meet my upcoming goal. Now, it is time for some Chinese takeout and a movie.