This marathon training cycle, once again, I am falling in love with the track. It's my best key workout. It is not easy, in fact the last two intervals are tough (and may involve vomit). However, the feeling of going at a fast pace (for me) is incredible and makes me wander what it's like to be Kara or some other real speedster. If I get such an endorphin kick post my track intervals, I can only imagine what happens in their heads - endorphin explosion!
Today's workout called for 2.5 miles of intervals: 1200 @ 6:36, 1000@ 6:34, 800@ 6:26, 600@ 6:22, and 400@ 6:20. I did my 3.5 mile warm up (8:35) and stretched a bit when I got to the track. It was warm but not too hot. I picked a good song and started the first repeat, finishing strong (6:33 average pace; 4:55 min). I walked 200m and did my second repeat (6:34 average; 4:00min). I felt strong and my legs felt fresh in spite of having ran 3 days in the row (shh, don't tell the FIRST guys). Third repeat was 6:26 average pace, for 3:12. By the time I started the 4th repeat the asphalt fumes have gotten to me and I was nauseous. I finished with a strong desire to vomit, but this time I did not (average pace 6:20, 2:20). The last repeat was my strongest (average pace 6:15, 1:31). I jogged home 2 miles at a very slow pace (9:45).
In these track workouts I am mostly focusing on not going out too fast and keeping a consistent pace throughout each interval. I am getting better at this, but it's not easy. I tend to go faster on the straight side of the track, and slow down when I turn, so the pace typically goes up and down by 5 seconds. I am also focusing on letting my legs and not my watch dictate the pace of the warm ups and cool downs. Although these are meant to be slow, it is still difficult for me to run anything that does not start with an 8 or less. I am working on it, though (hence, the slow pace cool down).
I am not sure if it's all the ice baths I have been taking, all the cross training, or strengthening exercises, or the fact that the previous marathon cycle made them stronger, but my legs are not complaining much these days. They ran 27 miles in the past 3 days and no sign of soreness or heaviness. Plus the almost 2 miles of swimming I did yesterday and today. Now if they can hold up for Wednesday killer tempo run, I'd be so happy!
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