Last week, I skipped the track workout and I can actually say I kind of missed it. This week I was excited / nervous to head back out for some speed work in the middle of the crazy heat wave we’ve been experiencing.
On a positive note, speed work starts at 0 dark 30 (actually 5:45 am, but same thing, right??) so it is literally the coolest part of the day. That’s not saying TOO much in this weather, but it’s a start. I was actually a little angry when I woke up at 5am this morning, it was still dark out and it was already uncomfortably warm. Boo.
Without further ado, here was this week’s workout:
1 mile warmup (I still can’t believe that 1 mile is a warmup – a couple of years ago, 1 mile was the entire workout!)
3200 + 6×200 OR 1600 + 4×200 (shocker, I chose option number two)
1/2 mile cool down
For those of you not familiar with the track, a 3200 is a 2 mile run (one lap of the track = 400m, four laps of the track = 1600m which = 1 mile). A 200 then is half of the track (a curve and a straighaway). We were to run the 1600 (or 3200 for those speedy folks) at a quick pace and were to sprint the 200s (each 200 was followed by a 200m jog). I ran the first two 200s at throw-up pace. Sorry to be gross, but seriously I thought I was going to lose it on the track, which would’ve been embarrassing. I took the last two a bit slower so that I didn’t die.
After the workout, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my average pace was under 10 minutes. This is the fastest week of track work for me and in this humidity, I’m proud of that!