Once more, with trainingJune 16, 2006
Wednesday night was the third race of Project IMPROVE, my attempt to bring my old personal records (PRs) into the 21st century.
The previous Wednesday, I fell short of my 1500m PR. To ensure that I would have better luck in the mile this week, I corrected a few missteps from the previous week. For example:
Last week: raced in road flats. This week: raced in spikes.
Last week: ate a large serving of fried rice about 3.5 hours before the race. This week: ate a lighter meal somewhat earlier in the afternoon.
Last week: had done only one workout at race pace or faster (5 x 400m with 200m jogs in between) prior to the race. This week: did another race-pace workout (the same one, actually).
Last week: ran my first 400m in 67, about a second slower than desired. This week: went out in 67 again. Oops.
The final result was a disappointing 4:32.7, a full 1.1 seconds slower than my lifetime best. Evidently, beating my 1500m and mile PRs is not going to be as easy as I thought. Having already adjusted my diet and shoes to no avail, maybe I need to resort to the drastic option of changing my training.
Or perhaps I should just wear a bodysuit next time.