Lo and behold -- Worldwide Half Marathon training has commenced! Today, 12 weeks out, I was to do 2 miles of interval training. Unfortunately I couldn't get to sleep until almost 3 AM... and I had to get up at 6:15 AM (because even at 6 AM it's already 75 degrees and 90% humidity - no kidding).
The difference between being in training and not is the fact that I actually drug myself out of bed considering the circumstances. FYI.
I set my Garmin to the interval setting. I was to do 200m at interval pace of 11:15 and then rest for 200m (.125 miles). Unfortunately I set both for .12 so my overall time was 1.96. Only as I was finishing up did it dawn on me that I could have set the run or rest to .13 to make a nice, even 2 miles. Duh!
I love intervals. I always have. No matter how much I'm struggling, I can maintain almost anything for a 200m! Rest is never far away.
I1: 11:33 (too slow - and I thought I was right on the money)
I2: 11:27 (too slow)
I3: 11:19 (getting there!)
I4: 14:53 (umm... apparently I did recovery twice in a row... duh...)
R4: 10:50 (slow down!)
R5: 11:44 (speed up...)
R6: 11:13 (cool)
R7: 11:31 (hurry up!)
R8: 12:21 (should have sprinted)
Because I goofed it up, I can't really give accurate averages. BUT I feel great about getting there and accomplishing it. Now someone puh-leez send some cooler weather my way!