I literally began running right from the van, after arriving late to the track workout. With only a quarter-mile warm up and my post-race legs, I had questions running through my brain regarding how well I’d perform. I took in the workout instructions with great concentration. We were to do a ladder workout: 1600 meters (m) at half-marathon pace, 1200 m at a slightly faster pace, 800 m x 2 at 10K pace, 400 m x 2 at 5K pace, and 200 m at slightly faster than 5K pace.
The group took off. I found my pace and settled in. The usual suspects were in view. Meghan (my previously identified carrot) was well out of reach, Tracy was a little behind her, and Christy was right there with me. I took note of where I was in the crowd but held tight to my prescribed pace. Regardless of whether I feel behind or moved ahead, I kept pace.
In the end, I was pleased with my results.