Friday, July 17, 2009

Flashback Friday: Where's This Year's Model?

Last night's track session was eerily similar to last year's track session. Unfortunately, that means my 800-meter intervals were 16 seconds slower than my last batch of 800s. Can you say ...

Even though I got to the track later than usual to avoid that pesky youth track team, the heat was still brutal. My warm-up mile had me sweating like an August sow. My feet felt especially hot (and heavy). I knew right away that it was going to be long evening.

My delayed start also meant I'd get hungry, so I ate some peanut butter and honey toast as soon as I got home from work. After my third interval, I felt like I was going to shart. The whole time I felt like I was stuck in gear, unable to find my kick.

And now the statistical rundown:
  • Intervals: 6 x 800 meters
  • Goal pace: 3:25 or less per interval (6:52 per mile)
  • Lap 1: 3:19.98 (6:40 per mile)
  • Lap 2: 3:31.28 (7:04 per mile) FAIL
  • Lap 3: 3:31.08 (7:04 per mile) FAIL
  • Lap 4: 3:46.39 (7:35 per mile) FAIL
  • Lap 5: 3:43.45 (7:29 per mile) FAIL
  • Lap 6: 3:46.88 (7:35 per mile) FAIL
  • Average pace: 3:36.67 (7:15 per mile)
  • Total distance: 6.2 miles
[Drunkard's note: Total distance includes one mile warm up, 400-meter recovery laps and one mile cool down.]

Brutal. However, I usually have at least one terrible run the week before my step-back week. Usually, it's the long run (i.e., my awful 12-miler a few weeks back). I hope the bad run just came early, or this weekend's nine-miler and/or 18-miler will suck.

Back Talk
Wherein I comment on my readers' comments.

Idiot Nitmos finds exception to my Five-Second Rule and the caveat of always passing on the left (and Jess agrees with him): "Sorry, if you have to pass on the right, the person sitting on the left is the dick doing the dick move. If you are slow, GET RIGHT, then you won't HAVE to be passed on the right."

Answer: Only if you followed the rule of notifying the slowpoke that you're passing. If you say, "On your left," and the person stays left, then by all means pass the dick on the right. Otherwise -- and regardless -- you remain an idiot. (So what does that make someone who agrees with an idiot?)

Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates. Have a finely brewed weekend and good luck to all you racers. Run well and drink well. Cheers!


BrianFlash said...

That picture has serious phallic overtones. I'm not going to ask where it was taken.

No AC?! Why continue living in the 19th century? NORDYNE can help you out.

BrianFlash said...

That picture has serious phallic overtones. I'm not going to ask where it was taken.

No AC?! Why continue living in the 19th century? NORDYNE can help you out.

Nitmos said...

Did you put all those big red FAILS out there just for me? Why I am smiling so widely after reviewing your intervals? Thanks for the terrific weekend send-off!

Mike said...

As much as I'd like to emulate Nitmos and make snarky fun of the red fails, the only real fail I see is your goal pace.

Are you really shooting for a one-hour marathon PR? If not, then 3:30s, 3:35s, 3:40s - even 3:45s are superb splits.

If I were able to run six 3:25s, I'd slow down and try to run eight 3:35s instead.

You're kickin' ass. Keep in mind what you're training for.

Jess said...

I stand by what I said! If they don't move over you can pass on the right haha! Even if it means I'm agreeing with an idiot!

Vanilla said...

Sure. You post that picture and then complain that something on my blog triggered a firewall?

Enjoy the weekend.

Carolina John said...

Nitmos and Glaven should hang out sometime. The walls would cave in around them from the sheer imploding idiocy. Then the rest of us could throw a party.

B.o.B. said...

Sharting at the track is completely acceptable in some circle. (Pun intended).

Hot days sometimes equal slower track speed. It happens.

Funnyrunner said...

I've had a few of those fails lately myself. It's the heat, I say. Yesterday I was supposed to do a 2-mile warm up, then 5 x 1 miles at 7:30s, then a 2-mile cool down. It was fing hot out. I did a mile warm up and wanted to die already... so I pushed through and did a 7:20 for my first mile. 2nd mile was 7:42. lol. oops. Then I gave up and ran the last 3 repeats on the indoor track at the gym. Can you say "wuss"? 7:31, 7:27, 7:16. ah. much better.

X-Country2 said...

I knew there's be a waterfall of red FAIL after that first paragraph. That always makes me feel better about myself for some reason.

Xenia said...

I'm going to have to agree with Mike on this one. Although I enjoy it when you cause yourself pain, I don't actually want you dead which is where you may be headed with those 800 times.

Mocking the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (you, Nitmos, Vanilla and Razz) is much more fun than just ridiculing a trio of idiots. Stop trying to ruin my fun.