And now, the statistical rundown:
5 x 400 meters
- Goal pace: 6:26-6:42 per mile
- Lap 1: 1:38.63 (6:34 per mile)
- Lap 2: 1:38.81 (6:34 per mile)
- Lap 3: 1:36.1 (6:26 per mile)
- Lap 4: 1:40.04 (6:42 per mile)
- Lap 5: 1:41.1 (6:46 per mile) FAIL
- Average pace: 6:34 per mile
- Total distance: 4.2 miles
This weekend appears ripe for a couple good runs. I look forward to concluding my first week of marathon training. It's important to build determination by completing all the runs in the early stages. I feel confident in this plan.
Wherein I'll try not to be a total dick when I address your comments.
Thanks for the heartfelt semi-quasi-encouragement this week regarding my quest for the -- what now? -- sub-four-hour marathon. Dean at Zero to Boston says: "Go Viper! May you suffer as your heart desires!"
Answer: Just keep telling me I look great no matter how dire the situation appears.
Mike at Running is Funny on my training plan: "I've use [sic] a modified [Hal] Higdon plan for both of my marathons, but I strongly feel the Intermediate II plan was far superior because you do half the distance of your long run the day prior. ... Rest or an easy day before your long runs makes your long runs easier, but I think it makes your marathon harder."
Answer: And thanks to Mike, I've already tinkered with my training plan to give this a try, as I was using Higdon's Intermediate I plan. Now, my schedule is set -- for now.
That's all for this week, teammates. Happy Hour is nearly upon us! Have a finely brewed weekend and good luck to those of you who have races. Run well and drink well.