Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Best Workout Ever

I was reading through an old log, an activity that I do rarely, and I found my best workout. Ever. I started this blog in the fall of 2007 and have kept it pretty updated through the highs (marathon wins) and lows (injuries) that come with training. Back in the spring of 2006, when I was a senior at Brown, I kept a hand written running journal. I was fairly consistent with my recording through a successful season of training and racing indoors and outdoors.

I wanted to share my best workout that took place on April 18, 2006 at the Brown track in Providence, Rhode Island. It was a workout that told me I was ready to run with any miler in the Ivy League. The workout that I did was 5 sets of 500m (300 jog), 300m (200 jog), 200m (200 jog). However, I was supposed to have much more jogging rest than I actually took. I misunderstood the workout because of the various interval differences and rest distances. I think I it was supposed to be equal jog to the interval, but I'm still not sure. All I know is that off shorter rest, I still killed it.

The splits were:
Set #1 - 75.4 (98), 44.0 (66), 31.4 (72)
Set #2 - 77.9 (102), 45.6 (70), 30.9 (75)
Set #3 - 77.5 (110), 45.7 (70), 29.9 (77)
Set #4 - 78.4 (108), 46.1 (70), 30.7 (73)
Set #5 - 77.8 (114), 45.4 (71), 30.2

On the 500m, I would come through 400m in 61 or 62. The 300m and 200m were run at 60 to 61 pace. I remember feeling tired, but fast on each interval. In my log I wrote "Managed the workout but didn't feel too sharp." At the time most of Brown's team was injured so the workout was done alone. I only realized that I had "messed up" the workout when a group of 5kers (Neely, Burke and ??) were doing the same workout, but were taking much more rest. I doubt I'll ever touch this workout again.


mrn said...

boring stories of glory days.

Stephen Spada said...

Great stuff from the Ivy Leaguer! Thanks for posting...