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Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Our second track workout was on my schedule tonight. The rain was coming down pretty hard on and off during my commute, and I kept changing mind.

Do I head to the track in the rain, or figure out the intervals and do the speed work on the treadmill?

By the time I got home, it was only lightly raining. I checked the weather radar map, and it looked like we might get a brief break. There was another patch of rain after it, so I knew I was going to get wet, but I threw on a hat and went for it.

And actually, it wasn't that bad! It was cool, but not too cold (upper 50s), so the rain wasn't miserable. Much better than the heat and humidity we had last week!

Last time, we alternated eight 400-meter laps at a fast pace with eight 400-meter slow recovery lap. This week, it was 400 meters fast / 300 meters recovery times 10. I have a 55-minute 10K goal, and for this our coach gave me a 2:02 goal pace for each fast lap.

Here's the breakdown:

Last week:
1. 1:54
2. 2:08
3. 1:59
4. 1:56
5. 2:07
6. 1:59
7. 2:00
8. 1:59

Even thought I was checking my time around each 100-meter mark, I still had a hard time finding my goal pace!

1. 1:54
2. 1:59
3. 2:03
4. 2:01
5. 2:02
6. 2:04
7. 2:04
8. 2:02
9. 2:01
10. 2:03

Much better. Maybe I'm getting the hang of this!

It probably wasn't just the cooler temperature that made this run feel better. I wasn't wiping myself out by going too fast. Even with the shorter recovery, I felt really good tonight. (I don't know if I'll say that next week, when the recovery is cut to 200 meters!)

Before my cool-down jog home (I don't live far from the track), I decided today was a good day to break out these:

margarita shots

I had low expectations, but they were actually pretty good!


At 10:34 PM, May 05, 2009, Blogger Running and living said...

NIce workout! I love Margarita with salt! Ana-Maria

At 10:40 PM, May 05, 2009, Anonymous carpeviam said...

Good work! I like shot-blocks, but I hate how they stick to your teeth. You end up "enjoying" them a lot longer than you want!

At 8:10 AM, May 06, 2009, OpenID trialsoftraining said...

I still haven't tried shot-bloks. Where do you get them?? I might test it out on the next Long-run to see how it goes. :)

Great job on the intervals too!! They look really consistent and that's a great pace! On the Today Show-weather (ya know, with Al) they were talking about how 'dry' it is in FL or the midwest or somewhere. I'm like - yah, because we're stealing all their rain!!! Ugh, enough already.

At 8:21 AM, May 06, 2009, Blogger J said...

Great job on the track workout! It is tough to run all the intervals at goal pace but you really seem to be doing well!

At 9:22 AM, May 06, 2009, Blogger The Happy Runner said...

Nice job! Your repeats are all right around your goal so that is really good!

At 12:44 PM, May 09, 2009, Blogger Denise said...

Sometimes I really enjoy running in the rain...and since you don't see many other runners out there in it, you feel a little tough. ;-)

I love the margarita bloks...they have the extra salt, which I need.


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