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.


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

  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! :)

  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!

  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!

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

  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.

  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!

  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?

  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!

  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...

  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!

  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.

  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. :)

  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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