Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Back to the track, & Watch out for Flying Pigs

Happy Wednesday, half way through the week already....I'll take it.

Last night I did something I haven't done in a long time..... I went to the track.
I legitimately had to go back through my RunningAHEAD log to see when the last time was. Somehow I managed to go 9 months without going to the track? 

As someone who practically used to live on the track in high school and college, this is shocking to me. I really need to make more time to do it, because oddly enough it still feels like home to me. 

I wasn't 100% sure how this workout was going to go, seeing as it had been a while since I did legit track workout and because I am carrying about 5-6 pounds of water weight on me right now (last week stomach issues, this week lady issues...can a girl catch a freakin' break?)

  I even contemplated changing the workout, but I ended up sticking with it because I told you guys I really need to start pushing myself. The plan was warm-up, 5 X 1000m and the cool-down.

I warmed up around the track in my Kinvara's, leg's were feeling a little heavy but loosened a bit with each lap. I quickly changed my shoes (Into my A5's) and started before I could talk myself out of it. Before I knew it, I had done 3/5 of the intervals and time was flying....something I always loved about being at the track was that I was always able to zone out and the workouts flew by.

1. 4:00 (6:26 pace)
2. 3:59 (6:19 pace)
3. 4:00 (6:26 pace)
4. 3:52 (6:13 pace)
5. 3:45 (6:02 pace)
According to the plan, the splits should have been closer to those last 2. I don't know if I just wasn't pushing enough for the first few or that my legs weren't loosened up enough yet...either way, there is room for improvement. 

I finished the 1000's and for some reason decided I wanted to push it a little more so I threw in 4 X 400m just for kicks. After the first one I was kicking myself because I was tired and hungry, but I told myself I had to do 4. 

1. 86 (5:44 pace)
2. 85 (5:40 pace)
3. 80 (5:20 pace)
4. 81 (5:24 pace)
Considering I did the 1000's before this, and that it wasn't originally part of the workout I was pretty happy with these....I just had to force myself NOT to think about what I used to run the 400 in during HS and College (that was one of my main events), because believe me...this is slow compared to that. I miss that speed some days, but then again....I love the distance runner that I have turned into. 

In other news, please watch out for Flying pigs today...

I ran this morning...4 easy shake-out/recovery miles...
and was finished before 7 AM. 
I've been pretty open on here about how I am not a morning person and I struggle getting up early. The last 3 weeks I have actually been getting up earlier and it's actually been getting easier.  

I haven't been working out before work during the week(except today), I have just been going into the office early but it's still a big improvement for me. 

I mean, even on the weekends I have been getting up better in the mornings....
Saturday I actually got up with my alarm, and went and got my 16 miles in... I remember texting back and forth with Hollie in late morning and she asked me when I was going to run...and I was like "well, I already did" ..her response was "wow.dang" (even she knows that was big for me).

I know some of you are serious morning people, and I have always been envious of it....I feel more productive getting up earlier and as I said before, it's slowly becoming easier. Maybe it's a sign of getting older, older you get the earlier you get up right? My birthday is 2 weeks from today, maybe my body's birthday present to myself is "Happy Birthday, you are now officially a morning person! You can now get out of bed in the morning without 234789 alarms." Maybe, maybe not

[Side note: before y'all think I have been sleeping until 11 AM every day or something before this, that's not the case. I'm really only getting up 30-60 minutes earlier than before, depending on the day.]

Where is your favorite place to run, or where you are most comfortable running?
(Roads, trails, Gym, treadmill, track)
Track is still my home, you can't spend as much time there as I used to and not have it feel like home. Other than that I would say the roads have definitely become a home to me.

Morning people out there: 
Have you ALWAYS been one, or did you become one?

What time do you get up on weekdays? Weekends?


  1. I'm a morning person when I have to be but otherwise I'd rather not lol :) but I do feel much more productive. I should really put my coffee maker right next to my bed. that would help me lol :)

  2. BAHAHA. My response makes me sound like the utmost goober. I am really proud of you for getting the run in this morning and also getting up earlier. Rock and Roll starts at a beatiful 7am and with everything we will probably leave my house around 5. Wahoo are we excited yet LOL?

    Also I'm really glad the track workout went well.

  3. I started getting up at 5 AM my junior year of HIGH SCHOOL so I am well conditioned to getting up early. I used to sleep until like 11:00 or more when I was kid, but those days are long gone. My body now wakes up by itself between 6-7 every single day and I can't get back to sleep! It's true, though, the more you do it... The easier it gets! My favorite place to run is trails, but not rocky ones... Just nice trails!

  4. Way to rock the track workout. Those are some awesome splits. It feels so good to finish faster than you started. I am definitely a morning person thanks to my Mom, who often had to go into work before 5am. In college we started practice at 7:30 so there was no time to sleep in.

  5. Girl you are speedy, well done at the track!!!

  6. Some speedy track repeats- nice work!! I'm not a morning person either- I usually go when my daughter gets us up, sometime around 6:30, and that's early enough. Today my husband had to leave at 6:45, so I was out the door at 5:30 for 7 miles... I'm feeling okay so far, but it's not something I could do every day! I need my sleep. :)

  7. I'm at home in my neighborhood run, because that's where I've done the most running in my life, even though we've only lived here for four years.
    I've always been able to spring out of bed, but mommyhood brings a whole new level to morning person.
    Guess what: the track will ALWAYS be your home, even if you take 30 years off... ;)

  8. For me. Early to bed, early to rise. Only way!

  9. You go girl!!! Way to push yourself! :)

    Im a complete track or treadmill runner all the way! I wish I enjoyed running outside, but this Florida heat and humidity is no bueno for me!

  10. Way to go on the speedy track repeats :). I do speedwork with a couple girls every Tuesday, we really enjoy it because we are all together but I don't think I could do it all on my own, you know? And yeah, if I don't run early in the day... it feels weird. I'm less likely to get my run in, too.

  11. Great track workout girl!!! And great job getting up earlier! I hate getting up early but make myself do it for runs. It's too hot here on the Gulf Coast for me to run later. And now that school and work has begun...I have to wake up about 45 minutes earlier than I did in the summer. :-(

  12. I'm at home running on the park paths and roads.

    I'm a morning person, but wasn't always. Nowadays I get up around 6:30 on weekdays and 7ish on weekends.

  13. Nice work! I need to get to the track and just push myself.

    I'm a morning person - always have been. I don't even need an alarm to get up at 4:30. Your body does get used to it.

  14. Nice track workout! Man... I found stomach issues are usually an indicator of girl problems... I usually get issues the week before. They suck. I gradually became a morning person since we got dogs... they woke me up everyday at 7:30. Now I always get up around then or earlier.

    By the way - Yes, I'd love to get some miles in together. I'm by myself 98% of the time, so that'd be cool. Maybe even a long run? I know I have to do my 20 miler very soon... could use some extra motivation!

  15. This is the 3rd time I'm trying to comment, hopefully it will work this time.

    Yay you got to run at the track! As much as I hate the workout as I'm doing it, I love it as soon as I'm done. I'm definitely trying to go more.

    I'm not a morning person at all. I set an alarm to wake up at 11 on the weekends, and on the weekdays, I work at 7:30, so I get up at 7:05. :)

  16. I'm definitely a morning person. 530am on weekdays...615am on weekends lol

    I wasn't before...I used to get up at 10 or 11 am on weekends. Although, that could be because I used to go to bed super duper late ;)

    I prefer running on the road with a little trail. I've never done track..unless we count gym class ions ago!

  17. Great workout! I've pretty much always been a morning person, even when it is really annoying and I WANT to sleep in. It just doesn't happen. I'm up by 6:30 on weekdays and 8 on weekends...womp womp.


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