After a rough week I honestly had zero confidence in my ability to hit the paces for my speed work today. The Pyramid workout was something new to me and it went a little something like this:
1 mile warm up
1 mile cool down
(7.5 miles total with a 400m recovery in between each set)
It was hard...wayyyyyyy harder than I expected. (The hearty steak dinner I ate the night before certainly didn't help the cause.) Coach assigned me a target pace of 8:25 and low and behold I did it! The 1600m segment was a few seconds slower but hey, that was no easy task. A month ago he had me do a series of 800's to determine what my training paces would be. He told me to put 100% effort into those 800's to gauge where I was at. I pulled those numbers today and was super excited to see how much progress has been made in just a month.
On June 18th my 800's ranged from an 8:42 - 8:52 pace. Today my 800's paces were both at 8:28! Keeping in mind this was during a workout that was full of longer segments both before and after the 800's. I'm really happy with that! I'm curious to see how I would fare if I did another round of purely 800's (so I could really go all out) and see where I would end up. I'm sure that will be on the schedule at some point! It's always nice to step back and see how far you've come instead of how far you have to go. Every bit of progress should be celebrated! I'll never qualify for the Olympics by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm really happy with the progress I've seen and it's the motivation I need to "keep crankin'" as coach says.