Like most people there, I sat in my car until the start, avoiding the torrential downpour as long as possible. Then, like magic, the rain paused. Everyone got out of their vehicles and we gathered up for the talk. One group split off to run some miles without speed work. The rest of us, started a 1.35 mile warm-up by running from the high school meeting place to Antrim lake. I actually went slower than LSD day, just hanging out with the rest of the group heading out.
|Photo courtesy of Fleet Feet Sports Columbus Facebook page.|
At the start of the first lap, Lynne and I split up, she realized early on that she just didn't like the hellbent pace of the fast minute. During the first lap, I actually had some issues. A minute really isn't that long of a period of time. We were on a trail. Granted one with minimal roots and rocks. In the dark. I was really nervous about falling flat on my face every time I looked at my watch to see if a minute had passed, particularly during the fast minute.
So, I stopped at the starting point (where hydration was also provided), and spent some quality time with my Garmin, trying to figure out how to get IT to measure out the intervals for me. I knew it could be done because I know enough people that use it for run/walk intervals following the Galloway method. Embarrassingly it took me a few minutes to figure it out. Then, I couldn't figure out how to display my distance during the intervals. So, I paused again after the second lap around the lake to see if distance was actually being measured while during the interval workout. Since I wasn't watching speed or anything (I'm not sure if you can during the interval workout on the watch?), I wanted to make sure the watch was still recording it for me to look at later. It was.
|Wow Mommy. This is getting really boring. Get to the Sasquatch bit.|
In other words, he's a really FAST and tall Sasquatch. Well, for about 2 seconds, I was faster than Sasquatch during my second lap. That's right, this gal PASSED Sasquatch during one of my intervals in the second lap. I know, you are all floored by how fast I am. Ok, maybe not.
So, to be fair to Sasquatch. I was on my hard minute interval. He was on his slow interval. (And, for the workout, our slow intervals were supposed to be slower than LSD pace). In addition, a few seconds later, he blew by me like the wind and I never got close enough to even SEE him again until we were standing around the water cooler and chatting after the speed portion of the workout. Regardless, I had my two seconds of glory and can now say that I have passed Sasquatch. Once. And, it was awesome.
I was in Mandy-heaven when I got home. When set to an interval workout, my watch records each interval as a lap. I had all this really cool data in one minute intervals on how well or not I'd done. I was pleasantly surprised to see that most of my hard intervals were within the 8-9 minute range, and a couple were faster than an 8 minute mile! (I know, I know, anyone can do fast for 1 minute, but I still passed Sasquatch dang it!)
I think my first speed session was a success, and I also now know how to do an interval workout with my Garmin. Winning. Oh, and the torrential rain returned right AFTER we finished. More awesome.
Have you ever done speed work?
Do you still head out to workouts if there is a torrential downpour?
If it's a group workout, I always go, unless there is lightening.
Have you ever had a silly proud two-seconds of glory moment?