My lesson for today is simple. Don't go out too fast at the beginning of your workout. You will pay the price. I know I did. Our coach told us we would run 4 x 800 at 5k pace with 1:15 rest. I have been running around 8 minute pace lately, but I wanted to shoot for my 6 month goal pace, which breaking 20 minutes. His chart had me pegged at running 3:12 for the 800. Keep in mind, this is still too fast for me.
I go out with the leaders of our group through a lap and a half and finish up my first 800 in 2:52. That's faster than my mile pace versus my 5k pace. That is 20 seconds faster than my goal for 6 months from now. I should really be aiming for 7 minute pace / 22 minute 5k.
My arms started tingling. Welcome oxygen debt! I haven't seen you around these parts in years. We were supposed to take a 1:15 rest, but I decided to go out with the middle pack and get an extra 15-20 seconds of rest. That didn't make a difference. As soon as I started the second 800, my feet felt like cement. I went out with the pack and still made my 3:10 goal.
The third lap started well. I went with the pack through the first lap and fell back dramatically on the back straight. I don't remember my time, but I do know that it wasn't even close to my 3:10.
Just before toeing the line for the last 800, the coach asked me if I was OK to run it. I responded with, "I have to, don't I?"
I pushed, but only mustered a what seemed like a jog. I finished up in 4:02.
We then did 4 x 200's with the same 1:15 rest. I ran those consistently at least. I didn't overdo it. I ran 41, 39, 39, and 35. The coach made everyone, but a few of us do another 200. I was gassed and welcomed the break.
We finished up with a sidewalk lap of Lake Eola following the street, so that was another 1.25 miles. Warmup was 1.75 which included 4x100 striders..
If I didn't get all excited about running with a group, I am pretty sure I could have managed my 3:10's. I will try to control myself on the next speed workout.
I also tried to go to sleep a couple of hours ago, but my legs and feet won't stop cramping and it's driving me crazy. I don't know what the deal is. I have replenished my fluids. I had a banana today which is a good source of potassium. I have easily taken enough sodium from different sources. If anyone has any suggestions, I sure what appreciate it. Maybe it will help me after my future workouts. Over and out for this evening.