I'm a psychic. Literally! Okay, not really but I did predict yesterday's track workout before it happened.
The Gasparilla Distance Classic is huge in Tampa Bay Area and it's this weekend. There is a 5K, 8K, 15K and Half Marathon and thousands (probably 30,000+) come out to run at least one of the events!
Last year, on the Wednesday before Gasparilla, our track workout consistented of 6x800 w/1:30 rest in between.
I remember this workout like it was yesterday. It was cool and rainy and FUN!
Yesterday, our workout was exactly the same except it was hot and very humid!!
There were a few differences, though! Let's flashback, shall we!
3:34 3:25 3:26 3:23 3:28 3:27
3:13 3:13 3:15 3:13 3:15 3:06
Last year, I was supposed to run 3:28 pace. The goal was to keep the workout "easy" since we were all racing. This year, my normal group was supposed to run 3:15 pace, but he told me to run alone and run 3:20 pace since I was actually running the half! Well, I ran alone and ran by feel and 3:20 was just too awkward of a pace.
On average, my times this year were 14.667 seconds faster! This was for the SAME exact workout in worse weather conditions!
I didn't look at what I ran until after the workout. Of course, as soon as I got home and realized it ... I was beyond ecstatic. Woo Hoo. What a difference a year makes!!
Last year, I raced the 15K and ran a 1:13:55 (7:55 avg. pace, I believe)
This year, I'm racing the 1/2 marathon. We shall see what happens! Either way, I'm excited!!