Yesterday was my first Track workout of the year!!! It was so nice to be able to get out on the track and really see if I had some speed in these legs again.
Since I started running again, I have done a handful of “speed” workouts. They haven’t been too extreme but got my legs moving. Yesterday, I pushed it. I let my body really work for it. I was supposed to do 4×400 repeats but have been running more than what my plan starts with so I added on just a bit and did a ladder workout instead. In all in consisted of 1 x 1 mile, 2×400, 2×200 and 4×100 and a warm-up/cool down. I had Dare and two of my nephews with me. I know they are faster than me and that worked out well a couple of times. I can’t touch Dare in the speed department so we played some rabbit during the 400’s. He would give me about a 100m head start and then they would all try to catch me. I had talked to the boys about pushing it but not going 100% so even though they were trying to catch me don’t overreach.
They understood this and tried to hunt me down. I like running like this with Dare. It makes me not give up or slow down because I am tired or hurting. I have to keep pushing the pace I am at in hopes that he won’t get me. It didn’t work. He caught me about 4 feet before we finished….darn boys!! For the 200’s and 100’s we all ran them together. I am fairly speedy in short runs so they never got too far away from me.
My nephews were having a great time and I am really glad that they came with us. They both love to run and will hopefully be in track this spring also. As for me? I did some things that I was both shocked and proud of. First this happened…..
|It has been awhile!|
Then during each of my 400 repeats I was sub-6 pace. For the 200’s I could hold sub-5 and the 100’s were all right around 4:20 pace. I haven’t ran a sub 7 mile in over a year. So being able to do that now shows that my strength training is really paying off. I am able to push through and get it done.
I had the stats on my splits and accidentally deleted them instead of saving but I was really wanting to see them. I know for some people these paces are normal and average. But for me and what my last year has been like I am really really happy. I know I have a lot of room to improve as I used to be a 400 runner and well. 5:40 pace wouldn’t have been any good. So I want to work into getting them back into the low 4’s….am I too old for that now? I guess there is always next week to see if I improve!!
This workout was a huge confidence builder for me. I have been very worried about speed and fear that my injury may flare up. But no such thing happened! I have a feeling this is going to be one AMAZING training cycle!!!