Today is Friday, day five in week 8.
In high school, Fridays were mostly easy days as we raced on Thursdays and Saturdays. Thursdays were duel meets and Saturdays were invitationals.
In my senior year, I tried to run a fast mile on a windy day at Serra High School. I knew I was six seconds off the high school record at the time, and went out modestly, hoping to run the last two laps much faster. I made a mistake, a big one. I took the lead, and pushed the pace, upfront, by myself, and by the time lap 3 came around, I was spent, finishing fifth and nowhere near my best time.
The shoes used by Emil Zatopek to win 1952 Olympic gold at 10,000m and 5,000m, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photos by adidas Communications
That mile, however, proved to help me the next day.
The next day, I ran the 2 miles at the King City Invitational in King City, California. The field had about 40 runners in it, the biggest track race that I had ever run. We were on record pace from the first lap, and I could just focus on my running, getting in a good kick on the last lap, running a big PB and impressing my girlfriend, who had come to watch me race for the first time.
I realized later that the semi-quick mile I had run the day before the King City meet had helped get me into racing mind to manage the stress of the 2 mile invitational.
Your workout for today: March 4, 2022, Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown
2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m), Week 8, Day 5
Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Tuesday: Warm-up, 55 minutes running on trails, 15 minutes easy running, then, 8 times 2 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy, with 15 minutes easy running, and cooldown, (hard running at 1500m pace)
Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Thursday: warm-up, 55-minute fartlek, 10 minutes running, then 16 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 13 minutes running, then cooldown
Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown
Saturday: warm-up, Racing on the relay, 4x400m, plus a 1000m, or an 800m, cool down
Sunday: 65-70 minutes moderate pace, on trails