It's really, really hard.
Saturday we drove up to Oshkosh, WI for USATF youth regionals. On the way up we stopped at a UW track so that hubs and I could get a workout in.
By that time it was 95 degrees out!
I did an 800m warm up, then geared myself up for 3 x 400m, and 3 x 200m intervals. Rest in between each intervals was 2 1/2 minutes, and may have included walking through the sprinklers that were going on the field.
His goal for me was 90 sec 400's and 40 sec 200's. But I went out way too fast on the first 400, and then the rest of the workout really, really hurt.
1st 400 - 1:21
2nd 400 - 1:25
3rd 400 - 1:28
1st 200 - 40 sec
2nd 200 - 41 sec
3rd 200 - 38 sec
Sunday was a rest day, or as much rest as one can get watching your kid meet his goals at a track meet! He wanted to break 6 in the 1500m and 3 in the 800m. He ran the 1500m in 5:58.64, and just missed his 800m goal, running 3:02.02. Did I mention he is 7 (almost 8)? I am in awe. And now I have officially no chance of beating his time in the 1500!
Monday was tough. I woke up and hit the track and it was much cooler than it has been. The workout was 3 x 800m - hubs said to start out around 3:15 and get faster, trying to do the last one in 3:00. Ummm...not happening.
I warmed up with a slow mile.
1st 800 - 3:13, and it was tough. Recover 4 minutes.
2nd 800 - 3:12 - not really any faster. And then the cheerleaders enter the field for practice which messed with my head a little. Recover 4 minutes.
Recover 4 minutes
Super annoyed, I switched out of my spikes and ran around the campus for a cool down mile. As I came back to the track, the cheerleaders were leaving. I hate not finishing what I started, so I lined up, determined to finish this last 800m. I was mad by this point!! This effing 800m, you're not going to break me! I WILL run this before I let myself leave this track.
3rd 800 - 3:18. It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't my goal, but at least I finished what I started. I can say that I gave it all I had. I have to learn to let that be good enough, for now.
And, yes, those 800m's were hard. I'm kind of shitting my pants about this 1500m. I have just got to hold back a little the first two laps to make sure I can finish it.