The plan was to do 6 x 800 @ 5k effort with 400 jogged recoveries. Two weeks ago, I did this workout too. That workout was my first visit to the track in about a year and a half! It went pretty well. I ran basically the same times I was running the last time I hit the track for 800's, averaging 3:03. Since then I've been doing my tempo workouts in the 6:15 range, so I figured I needed to run the 800's a bit faster than 6:06 pace!
I didn't disappoint myself. I managed to run 2:55; 2:58; 2:58; 2:56; 2:59; 2:54! I looked at my log and I think I've ever only run one or two 800's under 3:00 before, so this was good. Very good! Sure, it was hard. Ain't going to lie about that, but the 3:00-plus workouts felt hard too.
I'm going to race a 5k tomorrow. Hopefully, my performance in the race will reflect my workouts. This race isn't exactly on a fast course or anything, but I think I can race well. My goal isn't to run any particular time, but to race the best I can given the course and conditions--basically keep up the intensity over the last uphill windy mile! Wish me luck!