Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I used to be a sprinter... used to be

In high school/ jr high/ 6th grade, I used to be a sprinter. I ran the 100, 200, 4X100, one time ONE TIME I ran the 4X400 and it almost killed me.

This morning I woke up not excited for the 800's I was suppose to do. First of all, I didn't know what to expect. I haven't ran as fast as I could in over 8 years. I don't think I'm fast but I'm trying to be so I bribed myself with some gummy bears and forced myself out the door.

Oh gosh! It was hard. The first 800 was a killer. I tried to run as fast as possible the entire way, but half way into it I started huffing and puffing. The second and third were kind of the same. I'd start off really strong and I could feel myself slow down in the last 400 meters and my lungs felt exhausted. The final 800 my legs felt super uncooperative. Is this normal!?

After every 800 sprint, I walked 200 meter or how ever long it took for my heart to stop trying to break though my chest. I read that if you want to run a marathon at 4:00h, you should run 800's at 4 min. (I don't' know if that's right, or even where i got that bogus info from). Anyway, I was aiming for 3:45 on every 800. This is what the numbers looked like: 1 mi warm up, 1) 3:39, 2) 3:34,  3) 3:29,  4) 3:35 and 2 mile cool down.

I felt super slow. But this was my first attempt. Hopefully the numbers keep getting faster.

I hated it while I was doing it, but then I kinda loved it. It reminded me of HS and how much fun it was. I also remembered why I liked sprinting; it hurts like crazy but then it's over. AND it's over a whole heck of a lot faster than 26.2 miles.

Ever done 800 repeats? hate it or love it?

Ever "force" or "bribe" yourself in to working out?

Did you participate in any sports as a kid/ teen?

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