To be honest, I have pretty much only ever done 800 m repeats before beginning this marathon training plan. They are simple, they are “easy” in terms of their structure, and they give me a great workout. I am discovering the advantages and benefits of doing other distance intervals as well. I did my first ever mile repeats a couple of weeks ago and today I did 400 m repeats for the first time… and I think I actually kind of liked them.
Ugh #4 and #5 messed that whole negative split thing up for me 😉 I gave it my all in that last one just to make sure it was faster than all of the other ones I had done. I am always hoping that each will be faster than the last, which is obviously super hard when running consecutive intervals, but I am super happy that I managed to cut off almost 5 seconds from my first interval to my last.
I only had 6 intervals on my schedule so that is what I did. It was probably best for my first time doing them but I read about people doing so many of these (aka. 16?!) 400 m sprints and I don’t know how they do so many! After running I joined my mom on the mats and did some glute bridges, wall sits, and ab work. I always thought glute bridges were easy until I did 3 X 2 minute bridges today. Ouch.
In between the glute bridges I did 2 X 2 minute wall sits. I miss doing wall sits all the time. I did a few side crunches, bicycle crunches, dead bugs, leg scissors, and reverse crunches. Pretty much anything to make my abs burn like crazy. Once I had sufficiently made my abs super sore, I headed home for a delicious protein pancake with peanut butter. I think I missed the whole “World-wide Pancake Day” yesterday… oh well.
I may have had an extra pep in my step this morning during my run because I found out that in addition to Dean Karnazes being at the 2014 Calgary marathon, BART YASSO is also going to be there as a speaker. Twitter confirmed. It’s legit. I can’t wait so see these crazy amazing runners!
Oh, and Bart Yasso is following me on Twitter now… so that’s kind of AWESOME 🙂
Is Bart Yasso following YOU?! Just kidding… don’t answer that… it won’t make me feel special anymore.
Thoughts on 400 m repeats?