One of the dozens* of upsides to visiting my wife’s family in Northern VA is the chance to do a track workout at my old high school. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, trying to run on a track in Cary is about as easy as trying to drop in on the President for an impromptu visit in the Oval Office. There is apparently no more valuable resource in the state of North Carolina than a running track. If the attack dogs don’t get you, the snipers will.
I had no idea how much I enjoyed speedwork on the track until I gave it a shot training for my last marathon. Maybe I like it so much because I can’t really do it on a regular basis. My running forbidden-fruit.
Hit the track Tuesday for some half-mile repeats and generally my wonky legs held up well. 1.5 years after purchase I finally looked at the Garmin manual, and actually used the interval training mode, which worked great. Pacing is not a strength of mine overall, but my paces were surprisingly consistent for the half-miles. The quarter-mile recoveries were progressively slower, which was part of the plan. Here’s the data:
Pleased with that performance based on where I am in my training cycle. I’ve got a lot of endurance to recapture after my injury downtime, but I’m feeling good overall. Just gotta stay healthy.
*in case they are reading this