Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Chicken Tender Runner = Speedy? Not so fast.

I met up with Dirk and Murat for a FAST track workout last night. We did a 2-4-6-8-6-4-2 pyramid, with the 200s being a distance that I have not run in a long time. My main goal of the night was to stay within shouting distance of Dirk and Murat, no small task when Dirk is uncatchable in 10K and Murat ran a 4:18 mile last week.

And no doubt, I couldn't catch them for the first 3 intervals... would have been embarassing if I didn't know how fast they are. But by the time we got to the 800 and the last 6-4-2, I was beginning to feel a second wind... and to my surprise, I was able to keep Dirk close. And I kept getting faster for the last 3 intervals. I improved my 600 by 3 seconds, my 400 by 5 seconds and my 200 by 5 seconds as well. I got 29 seconds for the last 200! Probably my fastest 200m ever, including high school. The longer the better for me, distance-wise, but these sprint workouts definitely have a purpose and I'm glad I did better than I expected.

So I was feeling all high and mighty until this morning, when my training amiga Michelle pointed out that she ran a 26-second 200. Are you kidding me??

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