... with the heat off.
I am sure you would have done the same. After a grueling long hard run on Sunday with healthy doses of pressure cleaning, a high stakes Monday workday that started at 430 am - without lunch, and a wrinkled brow over the tenderness on the outside of your right sole, you would probably listen to your body and postpone scheduled speedwork 19 days before your marathon.
After all you have the fitness and you don't need injuries or sickness.
So I slept in Tuesday morning and gave up on doing the 7x800s. I had another pressure cooker workday yesterday and one on the docket for today. I did not figure I could fit in the running, but I did. I woke up at 430 again.
Out on the track the sky was just starting to lighten with streaks of purple and burnt red. The blues were brightening and so was my performance.
Seven weeks ago I did 7x800 with 7:44/mile pacing. Since then I have found the general fatigue from loooong runs sapping my speed. You may remember me bragging on new speedy PRs for awhile. The last top three time was a 1:40.4 400m on February 1.
Today, in 55F, I worked on form. I kept repeating to myself, "quick turnover" as I lifted my legs as effortlessly and quickly as possible off the track. Occasionally I let the stride out and revved up the arm action to promote the leg turnovers. I concentrated on keeping upright, leaning forward ever so slightly (running the Kenyan downhill) and keeping the breathing deep, not in a pant. I had to correct my tendency to let the left arm swing across my chest; keeping it in a to and fro rythmn.
The result: 7:26/M avg.and two new PR top three times at 800M: 3:37.9 and 3:38.1. Woo hoo.
That was a confidence builder. I am not run down. I am not injured. I recover well. I am still fast. Now I just hope those three 100 foot ascents in Atlanta are not as bad as they really are.
Now I need to work on RBF meet-ups.