Alright so we're going to back this up to Saturday, May 9. I was just a couple days removed from my first ever 1500m, took Thursday off because holy does that race ever feel long for me right now and my coach understands that I think, ran about 10km on Friday then dove into a workout on Saturday.
The workout was as follows: 300+200+200+300 - 300+200+300 - 300+300 - 300. 2 minutes between reps and 3:30 between sets. This was actually the most strength based workout I had done in a while as I have really been getting hammered with workouts that are faster than 800m race pace lately. I began the workout at just under 30 seconds per 200m and worked my way down to a 41 on the last 300m and left the track feeling good.
After another day of mileage on Sunday I was off to work at some elementary school track meets from Monday to Wednesday and earn a little bit of income. I actually miss the days of elementary school track. The kids in the stands were going absolutely nuts from start until finish and you just really don't see that at university level meets. It's also a lot of fun watching kids learn what lactic acid is. The way some of these younger athletes take out races like an 800m or 1500m with complete disregard for their body is just inspiring, and there were a few kids that certainly had better form than me so that was cool to watch. Anyways, I spent my days measuring shotput, trying to direct students to where they needed to go with little success, and getting wicked tan lines...
On Tuesday after a full day of work and being on my feet I was off to another workout. It was really cold and windy and I was scheduled to go pretty fast so I was quite nervous for this one especially since I was already chilled from being outside all day. The workout was 250+150 - 150+350 - 400 - 4x150. I actually warmed up quite well and quicker than I thought I would so I was feeling a bit better going into it. I'm the kind of guy that can pretty much tell how the workout is going to go right from the first rep, and on the opening 250m I hit 33 seconds pretty smoothly so I knew I was going to be on track. The hardest part was easily the 350m followed by the 400m but I hit 49 and 57 respectively so I was satisfied and happy with my final hard workout before my first 800m of the season.
On Thursday I did a light workout to tune up for my race on Sunday in my home town of Kingston. It was pretty windy once again so it was a bit harder than I wanted it to be but I didn't feel as though it was much to worry about. Here's the link to the workout video if you'd like to know the specifics of it- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDYWZBRb1ik.
My girlfriend and I left Kingston on Friday night, stayed the night in Toronto, then we were off to London Saturday morning for her to compete at the Bob Vigars Classic. She ended up winning the B final and placing 7th overall. We then headed back to Toronto only to head back to London the following day for my race. Not really ideal to be driving around that much but what can ya do right?
I woke up Sunday feeling spectacular considering how much I had been in a car lately. That afternoon I saddled up in the ol' Grand Prix with the Ecuadorian stallion Esteban Clavijo, his girlfriend Sarah, our most loyal fan Muad Issa, and my girlfriend Shania, got Delilah (my GPS) up and running, and we were off. It was incredibly humid when we first got to London so I got pretty moist during my warm up, but by the time race time rolled around it was near perfect conditions.
Race time: We got out pretty hot which is exactly how I need to race since closing the last 400m in under 60 seconds is incredibly unlikely for me at this current stage of my career. At the break I settled into the middle of the pack going through 200m in 27 seconds and 400m in a low 56. From 400m to 500m I kind of fell asleep and got distracted because I had never split that fast before so that was new and exciting. With 300m to go I started to "kick". I put it in quotations because I always pretty much empty the tank from that point in the race so it sure feels like a kick but it doesn't really look like one. Went through 600m in just under 1:27 and started absolutely thrashing my arms begging the finish line to come to me. I crossed the line and knew it was certainly a PB, and after a long wait for the results I saw it, 1:57.44. Considering my season opener last year was 2:05, saying I was happy with the result would be an understatement. Here's the full race video, I start in lane 3.
When it was all said and done it was a great week of training and racing. My next race will be on the 26th so I'm pretty excited to hopefully run another PB. That'll be all for now.