Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Back to the Track

AM: 8k easy
PM: 5k w/u
6xmile w/2 mins. jog in 5:40, 5:35, 5:33, 5:30, 5:28, 5:25
Actual: 5:40, 5:34, 5:32, 5:28, 5:29, 5:24
2 mile c/d
Total: 11 miles
Daily total: 16 miles

After a few days of stellar runs in DC, including a strong 15-miler on Monday, I returned home on Tuesday night after multiple delays to dreary, cold, rainy Boston weather. Plenty of other areas of the country seem to be celebrating spring, but New England clearly hasn't gotten the memo.

That said, thanks to the time change and clearing skies, I was able to hit the Beverly High track after work on Wednesday wearing shorts (and gloves...but I'll take baby steps) and with plenty of daylight. The plan was to start out conservatively, around 15k pace, then gradually work down to nearly 5k pace by the end. Jordan planned to tow me through each interval and then continue running while I jogged 200 meters before joining forces again. As we took off on our first lap, he mentioned that he "might" have me lead alternating laps "for the first few intervals." Little did I know this actually meant I would "definitely" be leading alternating laps "the entire time," which proved increasingly difficult as the workout progressed and the wind intensified on the backstretch. Still, we hit or exceeded all of the splits (while Jordan maintained the pace continuously--impressive!) and finished up near 7pm in relative daylight. In my book that constitutes a win on all counts.