Timed mile and Tabata

Yesterday I had another amazing workout for my 30 Day Challenge and a not so amazing run!! 
For Insanity Max:30 the workout was Tabata Power, which was another seriously ass busting workout!  For those of you that don’t know what tabata workouts are they are a form of HIIT (high-intensity interval training).  During a tabata session you go max effort for a short period of time and then take a few seconds rest and go right back into the exercise.  It hurts!!  But I don’t know when I have sweat that much in a long time!!  And sometimes I need a good sweat session!  Don’t you?
Before, Max:30 I was suppose to run a timed mile!  I have not run a timed mile at all since I started running again in May.  I know what my best mile split is for a race just never done one stand alone mile.  I was pumped for this and scared all at the same time!  What if my time sucked?  What if the weather wasn’t good?  Well, they both happened….kind of. 
I found it ironic when I checked the weather before heading out that it had an advertisement for Frozen.

They were trying to warn me!!
Then on top of it being seriously cold, it snowed a little, which wouldn’t have been so bad but the wind had blown it all over.  I just kept thinking, how am I supposed to run a timed mile?  The roads are crap, the track is snow covered, and I can’t do it on a treadmill, that would defeat the purpose completely!  So for entertainment purposes D went with me to the track!  It was fun to play around out there with all the snow!  I made my lane and ran a couple laps for fun at about a 8 min mile pace.
See?  Lane 1!  hahaha!
The disappointing part to this was I couldn’t actually get much speed other than that.  The footing was bad and the roads were worse so I knew I wasn’t going to get a full timed mile in so we made of it what we could!  It was actually fun to just screw off a little bit!!
Good times!
Although it didn’t go as planned and I only got a half mile of decent running done I am ok with it.  No harm done.  I will just have to wait to see how fast I am in the future when I do another timed mile and hope that conditions are better.  If not, I will have to drive 30 minutes or so to the nearest indoor track and run the 7 laps it takes for a mile and see how well that goes. 
Have you ever done a Tabata workout?
When was the last time you ran a timed mile?
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