Tonight I headed back to the high school track for my second ever track workout. My workout totaled 6 miles this time. I did 10 x 400m, with 400m jogs in between, and an 800m warm up and cool down. Here’s how my 400’s broke down:
1:45 / 1:51 / 1:50 / 1:52 / 1:54 / 1:52 / 1:52 / 1:53 / 1:51 / 1:46
I hit a bit of mental weakness during the middle ones, but it also started pouring down rain during the middle five. It was a tough workout tonight, tougher than my first workout last Thursday. Barry was worn out from work and mowing the yard, so I was on my own for this one. I learned that it’s definitely easier to push yourself when you have someone else with you. I also went out a bit too fast on the first one. I’m not sure how much that affected me the rest of the workout.
When I finished my cool down I was freezing. It was no longer raining, but I was soaked from the rain and the sun was setting so it was getting pretty cool out. The long sleeve I wore to the track got soaked during the rain, so I didn’t have that to put on. My hot shower when I got home never felt so good.
Dinner was a delicious grilled chicken salad.
|I’m not very good at photographing food.|
In addition to grilled chicken on baby spring mix, it had sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes, chick peas, and dried cranberries. I put poppyseed dressing on it, which goes really well with the chicken and the cranberries. Then I had some of these for dessert:
I love cinnamon bears!! Lab studies have shown that cinnamon may reduce inflammation. That means I should eat cinnamon bears after every track workout, right?
So I have a few questions about speed work:
1. After your last repeat, do you do your recovery jog in addition to your cool down?
I’m wondering if it’s normal to include the last recovery jog as well as the cool down, or if most people go straight into the cool down. I figure it’s mostly a matter of preference, but I’m just curious what others do. I have been doing my recover jog and my cool down (so 3 laps easy after the final interval) and so far I think I like it this way, especially since I’m only doing an 800m cool down.
2. When you do a track workout and a tempo run during the same week, how do you space them out?
I typically run Tuesday – Thursday during the week, so I’m planning to do a track workout on Tuesdays, a normal paced/recovery run on Wednesday, and then a tempo run on Thursdays. Does that sound like a good plan?
3. When you do a track workout do you do them alone or with a running buddy/group? Which do you prefer?
I liked having Barry with me better than doing it on my own.
And for my normal questions:
What is you favorite type of salad? Does it change based on the season?
Anyone else love cinnamon bears?
Do you say “pouring down” rain, “pouring” rain, or something else?
I usually say pouring down rain, but sometimes I get made fun of for that. People say “as opposed to pouring up?”. Other times I’ll say “it poured the rain”.