For the first time since I started doing track with the group, I didn't finish a workout. We were supposed to do 4x1600 at 10K pace and then 2x800 at 10K pace.
This is what I did:
Warm-up mile: 9:13
1st 1600 - 8:00 (7:50 mile)
(1 minute rest)
2nd 1600 - 8:18 (8:06 mile)
3rd 1600 - 8:46 (8:13 mile)
And then I just couldn't go on.
During my work day I'd felt just "off". My brain felt sluggish and I felt kind of dizzy. I tried drinking a cup of tea and eating a granola bar thinking that maybe it was my blood sugar but that just seemed to make it worse.
Lunch helped some but I still felt out of it. My stomach felt strange and, since we're in polite company, I'll just say I wasn't the only thing planning on running.
I debated skipping track all together but decided to do what I could. My head and body just weren't in the game, though. I started out way too fast and then faded. After that 3rd 1600 I was dizzy and getting a little chilled even though I was dripping sweat. Plus, my intestines were starting to cramp up and I feared that continuing to run would just make it worse. Since the track's bathrooms were locked I knew that would be a BAD idea.
So, I headed home. Could I have pushed through and finished the workout? Yeah, I could have run another two miles. But it wouldn't have been pretty. And, really, I'd rather not kill myself for two crap (possibly literally) miles.
Still, I managed a total of 4+ miles, two of which were comparable to the last time I did 1600s. And that's with a week off of running and track while feeling kind of cruddy. Hopefully once I get back into the groove I'll continue to see improvement.
I wonder, though, if perhaps I'm the kind of person who does not do well after taking time off. How about you? Do you find yourself refreshed after taking some time off of an activity or do you struggle to get back into it?