Those 400s Felt Like a Breeze

The theme of the day for me yesterday seemed to be, crazy hair don’t care.

I’ve been working from home the last couple of weeks and it seems like I’ve fallen into a routine of not brushing my hair until the middle of the afternoon!

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Middle of the afternoon? Okay, that was a lie. I didn’t actually brush my hair until 9pm at night when I took a shower. After my run I was really looking worse for wear!

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It’s a really good thing that the renovations at my office will be completed by the end of this week and I’ll be back to my normal morning routine (which consists of showering and brushing my hair) next week!

Until then… the crazy hair, don’t care party continues!

After a much needed complete rest day on Monday, my workout yesterday was a really good one!

Warmup: 1 mile
6 x 400 @ 11:15/mi
6 x: 400 @ recovery pace
Cool down: 1 mile

Total: 5 miles

After last week’s 800s, the 400s felt like a breeze! I knocked out the miles on the treadmill and then treated myself to a frozen pizza since Adam was at a work dinner.

I really need to get outdoors for a run tomorrow because I have been sent an awesome new sports watch to try out – The TIMEX IRONMAN® ONE GPS watch! 

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TIMEX kindly sent me one watch to try out and one watch to GIVEAWAY so keep an eye out because I’ll be hosting the giveaway very soon! 🙂

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I hope to have a review for you by this time next week. I’ll be sure to compare it to my Garmin Vívoactive and my old Garmin 220. I have a friend who runs with the Garmin Fenix so I might ask her to try it out and give me a comparison as well.

Until then, I hope you have a great rest of the day and that you have a killer run today! 🙂

Do you incorporate 400s into your training or do you mostly stick to 800s?

What other types of speedwork do you like to do?

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21 Comments

  1. July 15, 2015 / 5:43 am

    Awesome job with the 400s! Lately I have been focusing on 5k paced speed workouts. Its been a while since I did 800s or anything longer, but I think the longer the interval the harder it feels!

    • July 17, 2015 / 5:37 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! The longer interval definitely does feel harder even though it’s run at a slower pace. I feel like I can tell myself I can do anything for one lap but TWO laps is a different story! haha

  2. July 15, 2015 / 7:08 am

    I’m not really a fan of 400s and tend to do more 800s when I’m actually doing speed work. I do like pyramid speed work like 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400 with rest between the sets.

    • July 17, 2015 / 5:38 am

      I’ve never done a pyramid but I’ve heard really good things about them. I’ll have to ask my coach if she thinks I could possibly do those – sounds advanced! 🙂

  3. July 15, 2015 / 8:30 am

    When I work from home I don’t usually brush my hair until my husband comes home. And then it is only if we are going out 🙂

    Great job on your 400s!

    • July 17, 2015 / 5:39 am

      Hahah yes, I know what you mean! Adam works from home almost all the time and some days I come home and he’s still in his pjs. I totally understand that now because …. crazy hair 😉

  4. July 15, 2015 / 9:22 am

    Great job Kristina! You are going to rock your training!! AND marathon, of course!

    I haven’t done 400s in FOR.E.VER. I personally prefer to do longer repeats, like 800s and miles, for marathon speed work, but occasionally if I want to mix it up I will do an intervals workout where I switch between 400s and 800s. It is challenging but it’s a great workout!!

    • July 17, 2015 / 5:39 am

      Thank you Hanna! 🙂 Switching them up sounds like it creates a really tough but rewarding workout!! I don’t think I’m advanced enough for that!

  5. July 15, 2015 / 9:23 am

    Nice job with the 400’s! I don’t have access to a treadmill or track, so I usually do fartlek runs for speed work. I’ll do something like 8 repeats of 2 min at 5k pace then 3 min recovery. I have a few other variations and pyramid workouts that I sometimes do.

  6. July 15, 2015 / 9:51 am

    400s was ALL I did when training for my 10k. I definitely think longer speed distances are good when training for a half or full. I am glad they were a BREEZE for you! I don’t think 400s + breeze will ever be in the same sentence that I type!!!

    Don’t worry about your crazy hair don’t care. Yesterday, I didn’t shower AT ALL! (Don’t worry, I didn’t workout either!)

  7. July 15, 2015 / 11:54 am

    Lol on the crazy hair! I work from home one day a week, and I’m always in the “don’t care!” mode that day. Great job on the 400s! I haven’t started my speedwork yet, but my very first session will be 12 400s (with 12 400 repeats) and I’m terrified. I have never done that many repeats all at once. We’ll see what happens!

  8. July 15, 2015 / 11:54 am

    I like doing 400s a lot more than 800s. My favorite speed workouts are ladder workouts, to mix it up. One I commonly integrate into my training program is 200, 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400, 200, repeat. So fun!

    How do you like working from home?

    • July 17, 2015 / 5:41 am

      At first I didn’t like working from home all that much, but I have gotten into the grove of it. Adam also works from home three days a week so it’s nice to spend more time with him, and to also avoid the traffic buildups that I normally face during my commute into Miami! I do miss the ease of collaboration with colleagues that comes from sitting near each other all day though.

  9. July 15, 2015 / 11:57 am

    I love 400s! They’re a great way to feel like I’m making progress without having to do like 2 hours of work lol!

  10. July 15, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Love to hear about a great run!
    I have a silly question, how do you measure your 400’s when on the TM ? I always did intervals solely by time. Shoot, even outside I am challenged, I just measure by tenths of mile…I have no idea if I’ve ever done a 400 lol I know I am goofy…
    I love that you get try out a new watch, exciting stuff! That one gets good reviews, since you have been a long time Garmin person, i will be interested to see what you think.
    Your hair looks just fine, lol I am impressed by how smooth it is, my hair in humidity is quite a sight!

    • July 17, 2015 / 5:42 am

      Measuring on the treadmill is super easy! I would just watch the distance and count every .25 🙂 So run up until .25 and then recover until .5 and then run until .75 and recover until 1.00 and repeat 🙂

  11. July 15, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    Awesome job on the 400s!!!!! I have 5 x 800 on the training plan for tomorrow. :S Wish me luck!

  12. July 15, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Always builds confidence when we knock out a speed workout. My marathon plan has a mix of hills, tempo, and fartlek runs.

    Wow you know your big-time when Timex comes knocking. I can’t wait to see what you think about the watch.

  13. July 15, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    I would not brush my hair or shower daily if I worked from home. Unless of course I ran. But I still probably wouldn’t brush my hair. No judgement here!!

  14. July 16, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    Awesome job! This week the plan calls for warm up + 1 x 1600, 2 x 800, 4x 400, 1 x 1600 with 3:00 rest each + cool down. First time doing this (since i’m SO bad at doing my speed work) I think the variety in distances will be nice. I bet going from 800s to 400s was amazingggg.