So, I am not new to speedwork, having done my first round of it in preparation for my Chicago marathon last October. I think it works, given that I was able to PR at Chicago and meet my goal of a 3:15. But...I really don't like it. If I had my choice, I'd do my usual 6 miles of 9-10 minute pace with my running group and be as happy as a clam. Yet speedwork enables me to set a goal and push myself towards it. It's fun to see what I am capable of, and with the approaching 5K and 10K season it is time to get back out there and see if I can make improvements to my times in each event.
On February 15th, I headed to the track with my friend, Julia Clark, for our first round of 800s for this season. Last year, I was able to run 8 of these above marathon-pace time (a quick rule-of-thumb is that you should be able to run 800 meters--two laps of the track--in minutes/seconds of what you want your marathon time to be in hours/minutes).
We only did 4 800s today, since we are just starting back. I was happy with my times:
3:13, 3:09, 3:09, 3:07
Notice that I got faster as I went and that the last time was the fastest. A good first attempt back!