As promised, I ran alternating repeats of 200 meters and 400 meters today. I did 5 of each and rested only 60-70 seconds in between. The effort was hard and the speed is coming. I was able to run the 200's around 37 seconds and the 400's were around 80 seconds, give or take. I can't complain with these splits, especially as I am about 15-20 lbs. heavier than I hope to be in March-June.
This also marked ,y 3rd run total in my new shoes from Hoka One One and I continue to be impressed. The light cushiony feeling that doesn't sacrifice the feel of a running shoe is great. The Hupana shoes are a pleasure to run in. I actually miss them when I am in my everyday sneakers now.
As I stated above, the biggest takeaway is that even though they feel soft and light, they still are responsive under speed and workout paces. There is a good fit to them and I think they respond well to any type of run, whether it's slower recovery runs, tempos, or fast repeats/Fartleks.
Tomorrow, I will end the month of January. I have already blown away my top monthly mileage total by almost 40 miles, and I have a 10 miler planned to end the month. I feel healthy and ready to lay the smackdown to February. I cannot wait to race and see what I am accomplishing in training.