Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Bell Lap

If I have one downfall in my training right now, it is the fact that I can NEVER hit my track workout splits. I am always going too fast. I am a pretty consistent pace runner, so running splits on a track should come pretty easy to me. Well, they do but all not correct. I just don't understand.

For example, my last track workout was 1200's. I am supposed to be doing a 5:45 each rep per my plan. What happens, 5:26 and 5:36, and the first rep felt really slow to me! The last time I had 1200's on the schedule I even clocked a 5:17! There is something about being quick, but it is not the plan! I don't want to end up hurt or using extra energy. I want to do this right!

During my final rep this last time, I may have figured it out. When I hit the last lap of the rep, I felt like I was transported back to track practice in high school My coach would always scream for us to have our final lap be our fastest lap. Who would have thought that 10 years later this would be HAUNTING ME! 

I think the hardest part about it is that I train on the track alone. I have no one to keep me in check. I am really consistent through 800 meters (usually around 3:40) but then I crush that final lap. That needs to change. How I am going to do it, I really have no idea.

To be honest, I'm just very happy I figured it out! Knowing is half the battle and now I have a whole week to figure out how to fix it. I just want to train smart and get to the start line in Akron with the absolute best chance to break my PR. I will do whatever it takes to make that happen!

Do you have track pacing problems? Are you a speedster on track or have trouble hitting your splits? 


  1. Way to work it out, girl. Sometimes you have lingering stuff you just have to work out on your own. I used to have pacing problems; I was all over the place. I think it just takes time and knowing your own personal effort.

  2. There was a time when I did track workouts with a group and always ended up going too fast...until I ran out of juice, that is. Now that I do them alone, I do pretty well; there are times, however, when I get a little ahead of myself (no pun intended!) and I run my splits a little too fast. Have you ever gotten close to the end, noticed that you're going to hit it too fast, and then slowed down - ha! I'm such a goofball.

  3. I have problems hitting my splits because for some odd reason I change my form up and I start to focus on that rather than the time. The longer the distance the slower i go. Put me in a race though and I can fly on a track because I worry about the people and not my form. I am really trying to focus on my times this training cylce and so far it's a struggle

  4. Thanks Tiffany. It's nice to know others have figured this out!

  5. I never get close enough to slow down, but I have thought about it lol

  6. It's so hard! I'm trying to train at a pace I have never raced at before so I feel like I am going at this blind.