FFOS 400’s

In the spirit of Festivus, I set out early this morning to complete my annual Feats of Strength on the track. My original plan was to see if I could survive up to 60 400m repeats or run as many as I could until failure – whichever came first.

Unfortunately it didn’t go quite as well as I hoped. All of my usual running partners stayed home to sleep in so I was stuck running these solo. And the weather didn’t cooperate dropping to the low 20’s.

I broke up the intervals in sets of 4 with a 200m recovery in between intervals and a 400m recover in between sets.

I started out a little tired from a big mileage weekend and the cold made it hard to get going at full speed. But I still managed to run the first 16 at a decent pace averaging 1:25, 1:24, and 1:25 for the first 3 sets. On the next 3 sets, I slowed down a bit to average 1:27, 1:27, and 1:28. After the 24th repeat, my legs were pretty shot and I averaged 1:34 and 1:35 for the final 2 sets.

After the 32nd interval, I decided to try to take a short break to try to warm up in my car. I went out to attempt a few more repeats but only managed to jog around the track once before I was shivering again and decided to call it quits.

Aside slowing down considerably, my legs really didn’t feel that bad. So I’ll have to schedule a rematch with the track sometime later this spring when it’s a bit warmer.

  • Rob

    December 28th, 2010

    You are nuts! If I had known of the enormity of this track workout I may have at least stopped by to heckle you.

  • Pete

    December 28th, 2010

    Thanks, I take that as a compliment:-) Next time I attempt this I will definitely need hecklers at least 10-15 degrees warmer so my water and hands don’t freeze.

  • MikeH

    December 29th, 2010

    If I coulda, I woulda been there…if only to air my grievances!

  • Nick Clark

    December 29th, 2010

    I hope you’re not going to be making excuses about the cold tomorrow night, which of course is setting up to be the true Festivus Feat of Stupidity.

  • Pete

    December 29th, 2010

    No excuses but there will definitely be grievances:-)

  • Alex

    December 29th, 2010

    Sorry I couldn’t make it out yesterday morning. We went snowshoeing up at Cameron Pass. 32 400s is still pretty impressive. But the real question everybody wants answered is did you go home and pee blood?

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