I have been reviewing my workouts since the beginning of the year, in an attempt to unearth progress and setbacks during this 5 month period. Because of hernia and eye operations during the first half of last year, I had spent the second half of 2013 doing a lot of easy running. I was injury free.
In January of this year, I began to do some speedwork, but at a 2 mile pace, rather than an 800 meter one. I was doing 200s, 300s and 400s, usually 4 or 5 repeats, with a 2 to 3 minute rest interval, depending on how I felt. I got through January injury free.
At the beginning of February, I began to increase the speed of my repeats to my 800 meter pace and I dropped the rest interval to the 2 minute range, but still did 4 or 5 repeats. I felt very good during these repeats. On February 27 I felt excellent, having rested 3 days, but on the 4th 200 meter repeat, my left glute cramped at about the 80 meter mark, so I stopped. I rested 90 seconds, then ran 100 meters at my slower 2 mile pace, rested 2 ½ minutes, and then ran one more 100 meters at the 2 mile pace. I prayed I wasn’t injured too seriously. Continue reading RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE16