Monday, May 6, 2013

Track workout report and the Walk for Animals

Confession time: After my track workout on Tuesday I didn't run until yesterday! I think my 'runner' card might get revoked. In all honesty, I'm not super worried about the unplanned break. I *still* don't have my car back from the shop, we got more snow (!!!whatthehell), and I was relying on Mr. B to haul me around. So, I'm letting it go.

However, the track workout went rather well! It was so nice to be back on campus, even though UST has done so much renovation/new construction that it feels like a different place. At least the track is still the same!

Meg and I ran about 15 minutes for our warm up. As I mentioned, we planned the following ladder:

200, 400, 600 (all at 5:40 pace) and 800, 1000 (at 6:00 pace)

We gave ourselves roughly 200 m to recover between intervals but took a little extra between the 600 and 800s. I'd rather finish the workout strong at the goal pace than be super strict on recovery and really struggle on the fast stuff.

Our college coach always wanted us to be on pace right away- if we were way too fast or too slow at the 100m mark, he would call us back to start over and adjust our pace(and we didn't get credit for the 100 m that we had already run). He wanted us to get used to the correct pace for training and racing. So that is how we did this workout- luckily we hit the right time for each interval.

Our 2,4, and 6 were perfect and we both felt really good. Slowing down even 20 seconds/mile for the 800 felt nice, and all the long intervals felt great. I am good at setting a pace for the first part of a workout and Meg is a strong closer, so we swtiched off leading with 400 to go. It is really amazing how much easier it is to sit on someone than it is to lead. Our 800 and 1k ended up being slighly faster than 6:00 pace-I think more around 5:50. But it felt great. Tomorrow we have another track workout planned- probably just some 2s and 4s. The 1 mile is on Thursday so there's not much time to get ready!!

Oh yeah I ran 5 miles yesterday. Nothing else to report on that. Sorry.
I also walked 5 miles on Saturday with Mr. B and Rodgy for the Walk for Animals! This is a big fundraising event for the Animal Humane Society.

Rodgy is taking it all in...I hope he's grateful I didn't make him wear a tutu.

All animals welcome. Even ducks.

Despite the drizzle/wind/general unpleasant weather, the walk was really fun. Rodgy was exhausted at the end of it and passed out on the car ride home. Success!!!

- What is the strangest animal you've seen out for a walk?
- Do you enjoy/ever do track workouts? Why or why not?


  1. I've never done a track workout, but I really, really want to give it a try sometime. I'm super intimidated by the whole thing and I even live near a track! Maybe I'll muster up the courage to give it a shot this summer :)

    1. I love track work- it is fun and adds some variety to training! You are luck you live by one!

  2. I don't do track workouts at my three year running career, I've literally done 3. I just haven't had a need too because I have been improving without why force myself to do something when I improve with it? I did interval sets for swimming which are basically the same thing but with swimming...

    That is great about the humane society. That is certainly a topic near and dear to my heart.

    1. Hey, if it's not broke, don't fix it! I usually only run track stuff if I have a shorter race that I'm training for- like a mile or 5k. I love how specific the workouts can be.