You know no mercy is becoming more cliche these days....but I've started to use this as I run (thanks SB!)...well that and run like hell. Tonight, rather than sit around and be lazy...or perhaps study....I joined Coach Sponge up at Riverbank for an impromtu speed workout. What made this tough is the fact that I would be running alone rather than in the company of my fellow teammates. I figured this was an excellent opportunity for me to start seeing how much I can pull myself, rather than depending on others to pull me along. It's a major change from a few short months ago when I was pacing the group.
So what exactly was my workout? Try 12 x 400 in 3 sets of 4 with 200m recoveries in between and 400m between sets. This is one tough workout folks! Rather than full fledge speed this is a test of endurance and speed. My mission was to complete the first 2 sets at around 10K pace (but probably faster due to the track) and the final set at 5K or faster. I left Sponge to his workout and off I went...
So what did I find out? 400m hurts! You get through that first 300m and it's that last 100m that kicks you in the a$$. Mentally it is tough to run alone as it is so easy to just quit but all I kept thinking is what will you do in August at the end of Club Championships? You'll want that 400m to push and show no mercy (right SB?). It's also a challenge because you run hard on that track and then you have soccer balls and little obstacles (like small children) that make for road blocks! Overall, I'm pleased as my first 8 sets averaged between 6:40-7:00 pace (yes it is faster but you can't help it!). The last 4 I did show no mercy/pit bull mentality...I ran a blistering 6:15-6:30 pace...so weird to know my legs have speed in them. Now I just need to put it all together in a race. I know it's there....it's just a matter of confidence to let it all out at the right time.
As for Sponge, I think I helped him finish his last pickup as I screamed "NO MERCY!" as he headed down the last 100m breakaway. He flew around the track....at least from what I saw.
Yes I am doing the Corporate Challenge on Thursday but honestly I'm not expecting to break any records. This race is notoriously crowded and annoying...plus I have to wear cotton. Oh the horror! Just look for the shirts that make your eyes bleed and you will see my company:-p
So what else? My RCDD application went through and my references are receiving calls asking if they sent the letters. Crap, I am going to have to take this test!!!
Oh and a very happy birthday to kenkomachi!