Well, the Wednesday track workout went pretty well last night. After a 6.5 km warmup, the prescribed dosage of pain was administered in the form of five lots of 1200 m on a cycle of 7 minutes between each repeat and with a 200 m jog recovery. My times were 4:24, 4:18, 4:18, 4:23, 4:13. I definitely gave it a bit of a kick in the guts on the last one and imagined myself running hard the last part of the 5k (ekiden leg) on this coming Saturday. Now to see how it goes. I think I've got a bit of a response from the last couple of weeks of harder efforts, so it should be a solid run, but no matter how hard I go, I don't think it will be spectacular.
Plu: no I haven't been following Andrew Bartlett's blog (or any Aussie political blogs to be honest), but I checked it out yesterday. Thanks for the tip. Good stuff. Got him on Bloglines now.