Thursday, February 19, 2009

6 x 800 intervals (7 miles total)

I got myself up early today. It has been a while since I have been dedicated enough to do that. I drove over to Joe Walker and did my intervals on a track! When we are moved into the new house I will be able to run over to this track as a warm up.

I did a 1.5 mile warm up then hit the track in the dark for 6x800m interval workout. Two weeks ago I did 5xhalf miles on the road. My splits today were 3:05, 2:47, 2:48, 2:45, 2:42, 2:34. My rest was one lap jog (2.5-3 minutes). It felt great to get off the roads and onto a track.
I was pleased with how I felt after five, like I could have done a few more at the 2:45 pace. The hardest part of 10x800s I think will just be staying with it mentally. That is total hour workout on the track not counting warm up and cool down.
I keep forgetting to post this news:

I am officially registered for the Orange County Half Marathon

The race is May 3rd. Clay is running as well. If he feels ready I will pace him to a sub 1:30.

I got a question from my friend Dan Ham recently about my GPS training watch and what I recommend. I have been running with a Garmin Forerunner for the last 4 years and don't now how I ever ran without one. I started with a Garmin Forerunner 201 but last August bought a Garmin Forerunner 305 with some birthday money. Now I don't know how I ever put up with that 201. The Garmin Forerunner 305 has a more accurate GPS, easily uploads to you computer, is smaller on your wrist, has an altimeter, and has some other cool features including a heart rate monintor option. If you don't need or want the heart rate monitor you can get everything else in the Garmin Forerunner 205 (but they are about thet same price). The 305 is on sale at for $164.84 which is a steal. It is hard to find it in the store for less than $200. The most recent model is the Garmin Forerunner 405, it has all the same features (with a few upgrades) but is the size of a regular watch and nearly twice the price. I like the larger interface of the 305.


Dale Lister said...

The Garmin 305 is an awesome tool!

Ron said...

I am happy with my garmin 205. I can even "multisport" with it including transition times. Intervals are a breeze with it. Awesome training tool. happy running!