How was today only one day?
I ran ~8 miles before work, worked 11.5 hours and still managed to meet Ashley for a quick drink after work.
But let’s get back to the ~8 miles, since that’s most relevant to this here blog.
The training plan today called for this:
Soooo simple, Runner’s World.
I thought I had plans after work, so I knew I needed to get this in before work. I also knew that I finally had to face my mental block against the track.
Maybe it’s bringing back all those memories of a timed mile trail in high school, or maybe it’s that I’m afraid there’s some weird Track Etiquette I might be breaching as a newbite, but I’ve been nervous about the idea of going to the track and never have.
That they will know what I’m doing and make fun of me.
Turns out, all you do is just run…in a circle.
I left my apartment around 6am to do to this, knowing that’d put me back home around 7:30. I ran the two miles to the track, and then buckled down.
The man himself is actually pretty damn good at guessing times too; he predicted my time within 4 seconds last year.
First recovery: The recovery is almost worst, knowing this slow running won’t last forever.
I’m trying really hard not to obsess over what’s on my watch while I’m running, but of course I love analyzing after.
As you can see, the recovery also got wayyyy slower as I continued, and I decided to work that last .25 into my run home.
Before the halfway point, I really wanted to quit. Just a few more intervals wouldn’t really make that much difference, right?
Then, as usual, I told myself to STFU and just run. The later it got, the busier the track got. But I never got any weird looks or kicked off, so I guess I wasn’t violating Official Track Etiquette.
I ran two miles home, and was so incredibly satisfied to not only finish my first track workout, but that 8 miles before work is definitely getting easier. Emily was right.
Where do you run intervals/speedwork? Treadmill? Track? Back and forth in your apartment?
Favorite speed workout?