When we did our warm-up run, my legs actually felt wobbly at the end, and I was drenched in sweat. So I really wasn't sure how the night was going to go. But when we finally got into the run, I relaxed into it and actually felt pretty good. I had the pleasure of running with Anne Frost and Gord Ball -- both excellent runners -- so we had a pretty quick gaggle of us on the track.
The temperature was about 23 degrees when we started and as the sun went down it was about 18 degrees when we ended. And the humidity that was around at the start of the day had pretty much dissipated. I was aiming for 52 second 200 m. splits -- 1:44 per 400 m. lap. or 6:56 per mile(ish). Here are my splits:
My average pace was 6:51.23 -- well below my target. And, as far as I can tell, the fastest 6 x 1 mile repeats I've ever recorded. The closest I could find was on Sept 1, 2010 -- and even then, my times (out on William Street) were 6:56.67 on average.
There was a 7 x 1 mile repeat I did a few weeks later -- October 12, 2010 -- and I smoked that one: http://blog.brucelamb.com/2010/10/possibly-my-best-speed-work-session-to.html Average pace of 6:43.14 -- so a longer run and faster pace. But I'm still happy with tonight's run!
I'm most proud, though, that I was really able to step it up on the last mile. I clearly had gas in the tank.