Tuesday, December 16, 2008

800 Meter Repeats

Yup, you read that right.

Actually, I was supposed to already have a couple workouts under my belt, but due to a number of circumstances, read avoiding it, they hadn't happened yet. Today, was the day.

I avoided the track, so they didn't feel too real. Instead, I went to the bike path, which has markers every quarter mile. Well, almost. The 1.25 and 1.75 markers are worn away. And, I only spotted the 1.5 marker because I remembered that it was near a particularly white birch tree. Anywho, plan was 2-mile warm up, 4x800 with a quarter mile in between, 2-mile warm down. I based my pace off the of the McMillian Running Calculator. (Incidentally, I think McMillian might be full of crap based on some of my recent results...really, I can run a 3:13 marathon, right now? But, anyway, it's a guideline.)

Felt good, so I added another repeat. (Scary, huh?)
3:05, 3:11 (This one was long...missing 1.75 marker), 3:05, 3:00, 2:51 (ouch)

So, like I said, I planned on running a two-mile warm down, but I'm an idiot. My last repeat finished at the .5 marker, and I couldn't figure out the math to run two miles from there and finish back at zero. (The answer is run to the 1.25 marker and turn around.) So, I ended up running 3 miles. I'm an idiot. Math while oxygen deprived is not my strong suit.


middle.professor said...

The key is to do 800M repeats at back cove, pass Ian running the opposite way, convince yourself that three is enough, turn around, and run at a relaxed pace with Ian. McMillan is the man; if I had a dollar for every hour I've spent looking at those tables! -Jeff

sn0m8n said...

The only other people I saw during my repeats were walkers. Two had dogs. Both of those dogs tried to eat me.

I knew the McMillan comment would get a rise out of you! I guarantee that he's much smarter than I am, but he and I just aren't seeing eye to eye right now. Based on my MDI marathon time, I should run 37:55 for 5 miles. Based on my recent 5-mile time, the marathon would be 3:13. So, I'm way off. We'll see how he does in February.