Today was interval workout. The training group is doing it tomorrow, but I’m going to DC, so I got it done bright and early today, by myself. Old school (for me) – around the neighborhood on the roads instead of on a track.
The workout was supposed to be 3 x (4 x400m). With 1 minute rest between intervals, 2 minutes rest after 1st set and 3 minutes rest after 2nd set. My time goals were supposed to be 1:45 for each interval set 1, 1:40 for each interval in set 2 and 1:35 for each interval in set 3.
I found it hard to pace myself today. 1:45 felt awkward and too slow. By the end when I was trying to go 1:30ish (because I had done the others too fast, so I tried to do the last set faster), that felt too fast/hard. So most of my 12 intervals ended up around 1:35, give or take a couple seconds (range was 1:32 – 1:37). For the most part this pace, 1:35ish, felt good. Natural. Right. I could have done more 400’s at this pace.
Today’s workout surprised me. It surprised me that my intervals were so consistently at 1:35. It surprised me that I did better than I was “supposed” to. It surprised me how much I missed being with the training group during intervals.
But the biggest surprise of the day was hearing that someone else believes I can do this marathon thing at what I once would have thought was an impossible, crazy-fast pace for me. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking, to myself, that I have faster paces in me – now – for this marathon. But I haven’t really let myself believe that I could really do it. When I hear someone else say that they believe I can do it, it gives me the courage to really believe in myself. Learning that someone else believes in me was the best thing about the day today!