Disappointing 800's

I've been reading about how runners are afraid of the pain we'll feel when we speed up, how we give up on ourselves too soon. I was inspired to push myself harder no matter how difficult it was. I was ready.

At 7, I started out on my 7 mile run in the rain. I ran to the track (1.5 miles away) and did 6 x 800m with 90 second recovery jogs. My splits: 7:27, 7:58, 7:52, rested 6.5 minutes, 7:17, 8:22 and 8:17/mile.

I pushed so hard on the 4th one that I could hear myself breathing over my tunes. The pace felt hard and then I pushed harder. When it was over, I had to walk instead of the usual slow running.

So I pushed, yes, but I was so tired that I had to run the last couple of 800's slower than the rest. I should have saved some energy for the last two 800's. How about you? How hard do you push yourself?

Photo: Memorial Park at night. Early this morning it was only a little lighter than this because of clouds.

Comments

  1. I don't think I push myself hard enough. I'm hoping to change that this year.

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  2. i'm not at that level yet, but let me just tell you - YOU ARE AMAZING! i don't know if my body could ever be that kind of fast machine! you gotta break that threshold to get better and it sounds like you are doing just that - heavy breathing, walking and all. i'm sooooo impressed! :)

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  3. Great post Tina! I have actually been thinking about this a lot lately. I am trying to push myself a lot more.

    I too heard myself breathing over my ipod last week. I am afraid if anyone heard me that they may have thought I was hurt, I sounded terrible like I was going to have an attack or something!

    Way to push yourself! Great workout!

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  4. Tina, awesome job! I will go into oxygen debt, where I'm breathing air I needed on the previous breath:) You will see great benefits from this effort!

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  5. Great job pushing hard and not giving up!!

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  6. Your post made me smile. I like to push it and then I'm too tired to keep it up but I still feel happy because I do love pushing myself. I think I'm pushing myself now more than ever AND then, I take days off too , just to keep the balance.

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  7. That's the really hard part of speedwork, the discipline to save your "all out" for the last one. But don't be disappointed! You rocked it girl - give yourself the props you deserve!

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  8. the important part is that you pushed yourself! some days my speed workouts are the PITS and other days i feel great. i definitely believe pushing through the not-so-great workouts makes you stronger and results in the feel-good ones. were there any factors that made this one seem tougher? less sleep, diet, etc?

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  9. I love speedwork and feel it's the most beneficial part of marathon training! I ALWAYS dread it because it hurts, but at the end you feel so good! I usually have a goal pace for my repeats and if my last couple are a little slow I'm okay with it as long as I'm still pushing myself, fatigue is normal.

    We get lots of snow (tracks are always covered with snow...) where I live and I was ECSTATIC to run my 800's in my neighborhood this week-found a perfect 800m block! And I hit my goal pace every time! I've dealt with injuries on and off in recent years and am back to normal!

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  10. And also, you shouldn't be disappointed in that workout! Anytime you go out and run harder then normal and push yourself will help you! Sometimes I'll even take a little more recovery time after my repeats once I get near the end and am feeling tired. Nothing wrong with that and it might help you run those last couple a little faster...

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  11. Great post! You know I LOVE to run hard. I do like to TRY to run all of them at near, even pace, but in doing that maybe sometimes that means I didn't push hard enough.

    Most of all, I think if you are running intervals and feeling something, it's a good day.

    Great workout. I miss the track!

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  12. Great job pushing yourself! I need to work on that a little more. My only fear is I won't enjoy it as much but I do think it's good to do sometimes.

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  13. Nice job! I also love to run hard, but last year paid the price with an injury. I usually bring myself to the brink of pukiness in my last couple repeats.
    Just found your blog BTW. :)

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  14. I know I don't push myself hard enough. I kind of settle into a comfort zone and stay there. Speedwork is one of those things I *know* I should do but yeah - you are right- kind of afraid to go there.

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