I tried out my new marathon flats on my workout today. I'm not quite sure about them. They are the Asics DS Racers. They are supposed to have a little more stability than normal flats. They feel a little heavier than a flat, more like a lightweight trainer. But, maybe that's good for a marathon. I liked them better than I thought I would. The only issue I had is that the heel of the shoe comes up higher than my other shoes. The left shoe left the back of my heel raw. I will try them with some different socks, but I may be ordering a different pair.
I warmed up 2.5 miles, and then ran 4 x 200. The workout was a ladder workout 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200 800, 400. with 400 recovery, except after the 400 which was 90 seconds. Here's my paces, and my mental reactions to each interval:
400 77 (OUCH! 400's are hard!)
800 2:47 ( a little too relaxed on this one. It was dark. I was running by feel)
1200 4:12 (Same pace as the 800. Pretty decent!)
1600 5:40 (and a negative split 2:52, 2:48. Woo Hoo! I think my body likes 84-5 pace today.)
1200 4:14 ( Had to run pretty hard the last lap to hit under 4:15
800: 2:45 (Better! Glad to see that 2:45!)
400 78 ( Eh. At least it's under 80)
I felt great (well, marathon training great) today. It's tough to push my body into the uncomfortable speed range. However, it likes "comfortably hard." My goal has been to let my body take control and not force the efforts. I run better relaxed. I'm happy with today. I feel really ready for this marathon.
2.5 mile cooldown.
PM: I needed a few more miles, so I ran with the East High team. They were doing 6 x 800 with 400 recovery. Woo Hoo. Double workout day. I just paced some of the girls on their repeats. Nothing too strenuous.