Thursday, April 21, 2011

I Love Track. Tracky, track, track.


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

12 comments:

  1. I have access to a track (I teach at a high school afterall, 3 blocks from my house); but I LOVE going back to my hometown and running on my old high school track where I spent so much time as a highschooler. Excellent job on the tracky track!! Glad you got to feel the vibes again on it!!

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  2. I too love track. It's my favorite workout of the week. :)

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  3. I have not done speedwork on a track. But how awesome to get it done on your old stomping ground..

    Nice Splits!

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  4. ive never done speedwork on a track, thanks for letting me know about the NC track snipers, i didnt know about them!!!

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  5. Awesome job on the track workout!! :0)

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  6. Really solid Chris. Great time on those 1/2 mile intervals. I think you are now ready for a sub 20 minute 5K.

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  7. Every time I read a post about track work, I say I have to do it....that's great that you're feeling so good!

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  8. i really hate track work and was thinking about not going tonight, but you may have changed my mind. i have a group to keep track of time because I am too lazy to read that garmin manual

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  9. those paces are awesome...sure you really need 463 weeks of training plans...pretty sure you could cut it down to like 12... ;)

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