|The Track. My Eternal Frenemy.|
In August, I conquered an irrational running fear--the track. Seriously, I was afraid of running at the track and definitely afraid of trying to be something I've never been--fast. It was way less scary to just say, "Oh, no biggie, I'm a slow runner" than to actually try to work to get faster! But I sucked it up and started my speedwork journey!
My first time at the track, my plan was to run 3 x 400, or 3 laps around the track. I swapped my garmin for my good old timex ironman stopwatch, jogged an easy lap to warm up, then headed to the "starting line" for my first speed lap. I hit the start button on my watch and got running! After one lap, I stopped my watch, and walked it out. I think the idea for speedwork is to jog between intervals, but as a run/walker and a total speed newbie, I definitely need a walk after each lap! I usually walk down and back one straightaway on the track after a lap, then get ready to do another. My goal is just to make each lap faster than the one before--sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't!
During my 5K training and beyond into my half-marathon training, I've run the same number of 400s two weeks in a row, then added another lap. This week was 7 x 400. Holy tired. I totally hate speedwork, I'm not gonna lie. It hurts, it's tiring, and it's pretty darn boring. Not as bad as the dreadmill, but the track is not exactly a forest preserve trail! To be honest, I know it's totally wrong, but I tend to stop, sit, or even lay down between 400s towards the end...I know, I know, totally not the right way to do speedwork, but like I said, I'm doing the best I can!
At the end of the day, yes, it's painful, and yes, I'm not exactly doing speedwork 100% by the books, but at the end of the day I can say that I'm way faster now than when I started. My easy runs are now in the 10:30s instead of the 11:30s, my long runs are in the 11:30s instead of the 12:00s, and I finsihed my speedy 5K with an average of 9:25. When I ran the Zoo Run Run 5K with Katy last month, she commented that I definitely have gotten faster! Sooo even though I'm not into pain and totally dread my speedwork session every week, I will keep doing what I have to do if it means I might be able to nail the elusive sub 2:30 next month! Fingers crossed!
What does your speedwork look like?
Speedwork: love it? hate it? deal with it?