Yesterday I started my new 10k training plan. I had my schedule switched around on me so I had to make some adjustments to the original running schedule I had planned.
I flip flopped by Monday and Tuesday workout and will do the same with Wednesday and Thursday. It just makes it easier with my schedule since those are the longer workouts.
I was honestly very nervous going into this workout. I have done workouts in marathon training before, but they are different. In marathon training workouts you are focused on more endurance. The workouts now focus on speed.
Speed hurts. It’s painful. You suck a lot of air. I was probably being a wimp, but I knew I needed to start doing this to get to where I want to be.
I got up and put on my running clothes right away. I knew sitting around and thinking about it was just going to make it harder. I was happy to see the weather was looking nice so that meant I would get to go out to the track!
I apologize it was so bright I couldn’t tell my finger was in in the way.
The workout called for:
- 2-3 mile warm up
- 8 x 400 (400 jog between each)
- 2 -3 mile cool down
I started off with a 2 mile easy run around the track. My legs felt pretty good at the start. The sun was out, there was a slight breeze and the temperature was in the mid 50’s. I’d say that’s pretty perfect!
I did the first 2 miles a bit quicker than I expected, but my legs felt great and overall the 2 miles felt really easy.
After that was done I shed some layers (I warmed up in a long sleeve and tights) and changed into my speed shoes for the real fun to begin.
The actual plan called for me to go much faster than I knew I was ready for. My goal for my first workout was to go fast but try to keep a focus on my form.
I ran each 400 somewhere in between 1:35 – 1:42. I started to slow down as the workout progressed. I jogged a 400 before starting the next one. I reset my watch each time.
Garmins are notoriously not accurate on tracks so I went off the clock instead of the pace it told me I was running.
My husband (who was doing his own workout) kept pointing out that I was leaning back as I got tired. I kept trying to correct it but knew pushing the speed without proper form was not smart.
I completed the workout!
I jogged my cool down much slower than my warm up, but I figured that would happen. I ventured out of the track and onto some grassy fields for the cool down.
Overall the first workout went well. I spent about 45 minutes at the gym afterwards working on some back, upper body and core exercises before calling it a day.
I think I am going to enjoy this change of pace!
How did your workout go Monday?
Do you ever do track workouts?.