Sunday, April 3, 2011
The Truffle Shuffle
"What's that a knee drive you say? What the hell is that?"
Apparently, GA could see how awful it was and before he even explained the workout to everybody, he informed me that I would not be doing what everybody else would.
At first I was a little hurt. I knew I was the slowest (which I am used to), but I am steady and strong minded. I knew, even if I wasn't finishing first I would never-the-less do the workout to the best of my effort. He prescribed 5x1600 for the both groups (although it probably would have been ugly, I could have done it). Instead I felt like I got off easy and was given 12x200 with 200 recovery with instructions to "pick-up my feet, get up on your toes and drive the knees up." I didn't even have to run them hard. I just had to run them with good form. If I failed to use "good form" I would be dropped to 100s, running the straights and jogging the curves. Now, I am not certain if he really had a chance to watch my form a whole lot because he was so busy with 8 other runners, but I managed to complete them all between 44-47 seconds with about 1:05-1:15 recovery jogs.
I did not go all out, but I did go very hard trying to use my arms to drive me forward. I felt like I could possibly topple over and snap an ankle at any second since I was prohibited from using my big flat footed hobbit feet to fully absorb the shock except for the balls and toes.
After I finished, I was instructed to run a single 800 under 3:30. I tried to slow myself the first 200, but by the 400 meter mark I could tell I had blown myself up a bit, "oh well to late now" I thought as I started the second lap. I tried to focus on running the same form at a slower speed and cruising down the backside like Kara Goucher, but I am sure I looked more like an angry troll trotting along (I certainly had the spit and snot coming out of my nose and mouth). I forgot to split my watch from my last recovery 200 recovery, so when I crossed the line and it said 4:28, I only had to laugh when GA asked "what did you get?" I told him of the mishap and guessed I was probably somewhere in the 3:25-3:28 range.
Stupid track workouts!! Wait until I get the meatballs (NC and e-speed) and all the other fasties on the basketball court. I will look like a darned Globetrotter!!!!
Anyway, that's pretty much it for workouts before Boston. Now, I just need to rest-up. I definitely feel the 40+ hours of work on my feet and the 40-50 mpw. Maybe A will suck it up and give me a few leg massages and with the ART I can pull off a miracle in about two weeks. Either way, this chunk will certainly be enjoying some rocky road after the race!!!