Without all those people out there the workout is much more enjoyable. I am able to focus on the form and feeling the effort associated with the splits/ paces. I don't have to avoid any unaware pedestrians.
The rain has another benefit. With the low level fog and misty rain and large puddles a mystic aura is created in the workout giving a deeper feeling to the run. It is one of the days where it is easy to get nasty and down to business.
This week built on last week (of course). Last week was 6x800m on the App St track dodging the football team as they dropped their balls and fumbled and bumbled in lane one. Honestly,those 800's in 3:05-:10 were a bit of a struggle coming off the GV 50k. So, this week was a mile repeat week at 6:20-:25. A little slower, but a little longer and let's add a mile to the workload.
It looks like this: 4x mile @ 6:20-:25; rec- 800m (about 4 min)
- 5:51 too fast, too easy also
- 6:02 better- comfortable
- 5:56 okay... feeling a little sting
- 5:56 last 800m a bit tough but still flowing
Overall too fast... or more accurate, the plan was too conservative. Perhaps the mechanical efficiency is progressing better than I think. I doubt getting much faster will translate to the Marathon so I will simply add more repeats to this in the next two weeks. As race day approaches I will get back into 800's and 400's a little quicker for sharpening purposes.