For day 19 of Juneathon I wanted to get some serious speed work in. What with leading the Bridging Group at my club and starting my work lunchtime running group I’ve felt like I’ve let my speedy 5k training plan slip somewhat.
My target 5k race is just under 4 weeks away and I really need to get some race pace training in. So as it was a sunny day I thought I’d take myself down to the track and do some 800m repeats.
As it is a 400m track I decided that the first lap would be at my target race pace (8mins 30seconds) and the second lap would be at threashold. So after a 5 minute warm up on the cross trainer inside the gym I headed outside and set my Garmin at my 5k pace.
Now the funny thing was I was running much faster than my target pace but not feeling it at all. So much so that I wondered if my Garmin was having trouble. It seemed that I was running at 7 minutes 30 seconds, a whole minute faster, and when I tried to slow down I just couldn’t. So my threashold lap was around 6:45.
I definitely felt the difference in the laps with the second lap being much harder. But I still can’t believe how comfortable the 7:30 lap felt. I did 4 repeats with a rest in between (or rather collapsing on the bench to recover my breath). Does running on a track really make such a difference or have I suddenly become fast over night without feeling it?
I’m still going to target a 8:30 pace for my 5k but I’m definitely going back on the track to see if it was just a fluke!