Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Like a metronome

I decided the only way to get running today was to get myself down to a favourite haunt of mine, the local running track. Late in the evening the athletics club is winding down and by 8.15pm I have the track to myself with Alan the caretaker wandering around the edge whistling tunelessly. The other beauty of having the track to myself is that I can run in either direction without the wrath of the other athletes.

The plan was to do 8,000 metres comprising 10 laps anti-clockwise and then turn around and I would take my splits and I am amazed to see that each lap only varied ± 2 seconds as follows:

Distance  Duration
400 m 02:08
400 m 02:02
400 m 02:02
400 m 02:03
400 m 02:02
400 m 02:04
400 m 02:02
400 m 02:02
400 m 02:03
400 m 02:03
400 m 02:06
400 m 02:04
400 m 02:03
400 m 02:02
400 m 02:03
400 m 02:02
400 m 02:03
400 m 02:02
400 m 02:02
400 m 02:02

The first lap getting my heart rate and pace in check and then a plod out and the eleventh lap where I turned around so I am well chuffed that now I have trained myself to feel effort and pace and bodes well for Sunday's marathon which now I am beginning to feel really happy about as I have just finished another 200 mile (322 km) month with a rolling average of 50 miles (80km) legs tired, but a nice tired and I am ready to put my feet up for 3 days ready for the race, I feel like a metronome.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that is an amazing workout! The consistency is unreal!

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