Fortunately, the hamstrings came through Sunday's workout just fine. In fact, as of now they feel better than they did yesterday.
With this news, I should be OK to go through my final preparations heading into the season.
The tentative racing schedule is as follows:
Sat, Jan 24 - 800m
Sat, Feb 7 - 800m (and possibly a Mile)
Sat, Feb 14 800m (and possibly a Mile)
Sat, Feb 28 - 800m (and possibly a 1500m)
If we do decide to double, it certainly won't be all three weeks - two at the most. All of my training recently has been geared towards the 800m, so these additional races will be more of a workout than anything else. This schedule gives me two weeks between the first and second race, giving me a little time to adjust my training pending the first results. And then, after back-to-back races, I once again get two weeks to make any final adjustments heading into the last race. As I mentioned before, I won't be heading to any of the big meets in March. Once February ends, it's back to a mini-build mode to get ready for the spring/summer season, which is far and away the more important of the two.
The first "Race Prep" session will be on Wednesday - it's short and fast w/ a good deal of rest in between each repeat:
warm up + 2 x 200m
600m : (first quarter 62, try to hold that pace for the last 200m)
The key here is the 600m as it's the rep to help give me an idea as to what my target 800m pace should be. The first 400m of that rep should simulate the first 400 of the 800m race, and the last 200m should sim the last 200 of the race. (the 3rd and slowest 200m is the one that's theoretically omitted) So it's a quick, but relaxed first 400m followed by the hard effort required to hold that pace for 200 more meters (sort of like the final kick in the race) Target pace here is 62-seconds/quarter which would give me a 1:33-flat 600m if it goes according to plan. To be honest, I'm going to be looking to shave 1 to 1.5 seconds off of that estimate and come in at about 1:31.5 to 1:32-flat, but that's going to be extremely difficult. I'll just do the best I can.
Mon, 1/12: Off (scheduled)