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?