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6/23 Sufferfest

Posted by Joe_h1 on Jun 23, 2010 11:18:56 AM

I haven't done anything really stupid in a while so I decided today would be a track day at lunch. When I left my car it kindly stated that it was 91 degrees.  About 45 minutes previous I ate my lunch of trail mix, fignewtowns and pepperoni (with a couple diet cokes)  So i would get a chance to train my stomach as well as my legs today.  the warm up was hilly but shaded.  the track however was wide open and the heat waves coming of the black track surface was less than inviting.  Overriding my common sense I headed to track and started my first 800.  I restrained myself the first half of lap (pretty easy to do when you have a science experiement brewing in your abdomen) the first lap was an even 90 seconds. NICE. the second lap my stomach settled down and finished in a total of 3:08- faster than my 5k pace. Double NICE.  the first half of rest lap I struggled for my breath and questioned if I'd be able to continue. The second half of the rest lap I was recovered and debating on doing four 800's instead of my planned three.  The second 800 was smoother and my stomach was much more agreeable. 3:02.  repeat of my schizophrenic recovery lap first half doom and gloom, the second half insanely optimistic.  Now however I am leaving a disgusting trail of snot and spit. This is a close I can come to a blood sacrifice to the gods of the track to keep me safe.  The third 800 was very hard and hot but somehow smoother. 3.01.  I bargained with myself that I'd do a fourth. If I went over 95 for seconds for the first lap I'd call it quits.  I think I was sabotaging myself but I completed the first lap in 95. oh well too bad 1 lap more to go. the fourth 800 was compete in 3:08.  I know this workout pales in comparison to my race in September but definitely a confidence booster.  If I can do this and not poop myself I think I can handle 140.6.  I returned to my car with some time to kill so i hit the trails/steeplechase and woke up 3 fawns from their nap and saw a red tail hawk up close. fantastic end to a great run.

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