Wednesday, August 18, 2010

At Least I Tried

So, in a moment of surprise, I actually felt motivated enough to head out the door in the early afternoon and get my 400 intervals done. When I got to the local High School track, I noticed the football team was practicing on an adjacent field, so I moved onto the track and got things underway.

My mile warm up went well, and I settled into what was planned to be an 8X400  with 400 rest:

  • Interval 1: 1:59
  • Interval 2: 2:04
  • Interval 3: 2:13 (!!!)
  • Interval 4: 2:01
  • Interval 5: 2:08 (Starting to tire. Tongue dragging.)
  • Interval 6: 2:15 (Friction of tongue dragging over long distance slowed me down)

And – just as I was dreading interval #7, the football team made their way over to the field (which is in the middle of the track) for some live drills. I had two more intervals and a mile warm down left (two more miles), but, not wanting to be the Running Flat Guy, I decided that I would wrap up the evening*.

On tap today – 4 easy miles (I’ll add one of the missed miles from yesterday). It’s uncharacteristically warm and humid for Southern California (it rained on me on the way to work this morning), so I’m hoping I won’t melt.

* Analyzing the data, it turned out that things went pretty well anyways – I spend over 9 minutes at heart rate above 88% of max.


  1. At least you can even run on the track! Our local high school has the best track in town .... and everything is completely fenced off. :( To this day I have no idea what it feels like to run on a legit track.

  2. Hi Glenn,
    Nice job on the 400 intervals! I really need to start doing some speed workouts too:) You are so lucky to have an open track!

  3. Trying is the only way to succeed....and fail. But, it really seems like you succeeded with those 400s! nice work

  4. 88% - wow! was that in the four EZ miles or total in the sprint?

    You're kicking ass Glenn. I bet that football team wanted to come on the field sooner but were intimidated!

  5. Great workout Glenn!! You rocked those 400s! Hope the run went well tonight!

  6. Way to rock the intervals, Glenn!

  7. The track at the middle school near our home is not flat, so accurate track workouts are a wee bit of challenge... Hopefully your tongue heals from said friction difficulties!!!

  8. You're a machine! Way to go.

    Hardly the "fat man."

  9. Yeah I got in my car in Baker this morning after a gas stop coming from Las Vegas. It was hot. I pulled into my driveway about 3 1/2 hours later and got out - and it was still hot (obviously not as hot though). Summer finally?

  10. Great job! I avoid speed like the plague, at least you did it!

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  12. 6 outta 8 isn't bad. your tongue couldve gotten track-burn so it's probably better this way :-p

  13. I can just picture the tongue wagging. Hey, it seems to work for dogs so I might have to give it a try too. And kudos for getting some speedwork done. 6 x 400 is HUGE so WTG!