Two weeks ago I did the 800's on my treadmill. Running on a track in the dark, in the crazy heat of the day, or with the kids is not going to happen. I don't like any of those options. So, I decided to run the half mile loop near my house....one giant track! I like this option way better than the treadmill and the track.
I set out with the goal to run somewhere around 3:50 for each 800. That would be an improvement. I will still nervous that I could not hit my target paces of 3:45-3:39. After a 1.5 mile warm-up I starting sprinting because that is what an 800 is. For me, it is pretty much a full sprint for a half-mile.
First 800 was done in 3:45. I was relieved. I felt like I could have pushed it more. Second 800 in 3:41...Holy crap! That is within my pace range and I was super encouraged.
Third 800 in 3:37...where did that come from? It was harder for sure!
Last 800 in 3:40. I kept pushing to the end and was so proud of myself!
I felt like I could have done one or two more at these paces. All my nerves and "I don't want to do this workout" attitude were for nothing. I felt like it went great! So did my coach!