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In my continuing effort to try new things, last night I FINALLY joined a group of runners for my very first track workout EVER at a local track that I had no idea existed until recently. This group has been meeting all summer on Tuesdays at 6:30and unfortunately for me last night was the LAST NIGHT of the summer session. Leave it to me to be really fashionably late and miss out on all the fun.
I am for real sad that it’s over because I think I may be addicted to track running.
I arrived early so I spent some time doing some careful warm up laps and taking stealthy pictures of the track so that no one would think I was a weirdo. I had already done some 400s on the treadmill at my new gym earlier in the day so if I ran at all I wasn’t planning on pushing myself too hard. Having never attended anything like this before, I really just wanted to see what this was all about.
After a mile and some dynamic stretching, some other runners started to arrive and I chatted with one of them while we waited for everything to start. The organizer was a super cool girl named Jen who works for my favorite running store, Charm City Run. I had talked to Jen via email a couple times in the past about getting a yoga for runners class set up for my MRTT chapter (40 strong and growing!!) at our local running store so it was fun to finally meet her in person! She informed the group that tonight we would be running partner Yasso 800s and I was hit by a wave of nervousness. I had never run speed intervals on a track before, but I had heard about these.
Jen asked us what our 5K times were and started pairing us up. Without thinking I told her mine was around 21 minutes and then instantly kicked myself for saying that because yeah…maybe on a good day pre-injury and not today when I still have issues and I already did a speed workout earlier. She assured me it was fine, but not until after I had been paired up with 19 minute 5K guy. He was the fastest one there.
We ran 2 laps to warm up and just before we began we were joined by another guy who was placed in the same group with fast guy and me. As the slower runner of the three of us, I would start first, run one lap alone, 1 lap with the two of them, and then my recovery would happen while they ran 400 meters together. We would do this 6 times.
I’ll be the first to admit…I went out WAY too fast. Total newb mistake; this was SO different than the treadmill speed work that I’m used to. I destroyed my first 400. My partners looked a little terrified as I met them for lap two, which went just as well as the first. Then I was surprised that I didn’t feel too terrible as I waited for my them to complete their lap. The downside – and possibly the upside – to being paired with the fastest fellows was that I didn’t have very long to rest.
We went on and on like this and it was SO much fun. I was feeling good and so thankful that I had taken so much time to warm up. My foot had felt pretty crappy before, but now it seemed to be functioning okay. Every time my one partner would come in to start his rest period he would high five me to go and then while we were running together he was so encouraging which I really needed during interval 5 and 6 because at that point I was sucking wind pretty hard.
And then just like that it was done. I jogged/walked around a bit to cool down, completely exhausted but elated by my results. You can clearly see where I went out too fast like a newb and then burned out, but LOOK AT THAT FIRST SPLIT!
One day I want to see a “5” there. Maybe I should have gotten fast guy’s contact info so I could train with him again.
Part of me is really sad that I didn’t know about this group earlier, but even if I had I wouldn’t have been able to participate. I’m just glad that I was able to be well enough to get one good workout in with them before the summer ended. I think that was the hardest speed workout I’ve done in my life.
Thank goodness I joined that new gym because 6am Yoga for Athletes was exactly what my sore body needed this morning.
Do you love track workouts? What are your favorite kinds of intervals to run?
Happy Wednesday and even more importantly
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MR. SALT!!!
We will be celebrating with a nice dinner out tonight and then the Renaissance Fair on Sunday. I can’t wait!