Yesterday I decided that I didn't really want to run hills again (that is happening again on Saturday) so to the track for some speed work seemed like an okay idea.
I am probably the only nerd who shows up at the track with a notepad and a pen because I can't figure out (i.e. refuse to read the book) how to get my garmin to do laps.
After sweating buckets I had to Nuun it up. (My friend Jen pointed out that I should apply to be a Nuun athlete since I already talk about it all the time and hosted my own giveaway already. I think I will throw in an app. since that would be totally awesome. Never know until you try). Running in AZ in the summer is its own special kind of torture.
Even though the last thing I wanted after the track was more exercise I went home and grabbed this hell hound. Apparently if you don't walk her multiple times a day she is a holy terror. And even then there is no guarantee she won't spend half the day barking at nothing, trying to herd me around the house and literally trying to stick her nose up my butt. Not sure what she is hunting for back there but I am getting tired of it. Luckily for me and my butt she goes home today.
At work yesterday I came up with this super inventive speed workout. Amazing I know. The house I am staying at is conveniently up the street from a track.....so of course I drove there. I was not really with it at 5:30 am.
1 mile warm- up: 9:40 (pretty quick for me, motivated by the run team I guess)
4:11, 4:26, 4:32, 4:17, 4:17 (switched directions after run team left and had my own private track) 4:27, 4:28, 4:41 (apparently switching directions caused the track to get longer?)
1 mile cool-down: 10:10
Well it would be nice to say that I rallied for the last 800 and blew it away but that obviously did not happen. Since I haven't run on a track in probably over a year I think this was a good start and if I continue to do speed work like this it would probably be a good thing. Some goals for future track sessions
1) Get there earlier so I don't get so hot (by the time I actually got running it was close to 6am and close to 80 degrees
2) Be more consistent, not start out so fast and finish so slow. Start strong and finish strong
3) actually do speed work more consistently
|Pretty pleased with my self for a) doing speed work & b) not throwing up the banana I had eaten.|