I discovered track workouts… and I love them. I was super intimidated at first, because I felt like it would be obvious that I had no idea what I was doing. But, like with any other thing I do where I get worried about what people will think, I realized that no one at a track is going to A) know that I’m up to, or B) give a crap.
My first track workout was with a SRTT friend who was kind enough to invite me to the first night with the Greater Derry Track Club. I was surprised by how easy the workout was. I mean… it wasn’t EASY, it was actually quite challenging. But the workout plan was simple to follow. After that, I got up the courage to start using the Run Less Run Faster plan to do my own workouts.
I was worried that I’d get bored running in circles, literally. But track repeats feel like a game. I spend so much time focusing on hitting a certain pace and staying there, and observing how I feel at that pace, that I don’t even realize I’m running in torturous circles. I DID notice at first… until I got the right watch. Now, track workouts are so much easier and enjoyable!
I must say… the Garmin Forerunner 235 makes track repeats so easy. I plug my workout into the calendar in Garmin Connect and then send it to my watch, and the crazy thing buzzes and beeps at me when I need to run or take a break. And after the workout, it knows what pace I did for each repeat… it’s amazing!
I can actually see PROGRESS. I mentioned in a previous post that the purpose of track repeats is to try to hit a similar time for each repeat (if you’re doing identical distances, of course). Look at how EVEN this recent workout was! I wouldn’t have had this data with my Fitbit… so it’s nice to have a toy that makes this whole process so… easy.
I’ve slowly-but-surely collected a group of ladies who like to come to my workouts. The faces change week-to-week, but I’m no longer the only person out there running, which I appreciate. It’s a little creepy out there in the quiet morning hours.
I post two potential workouts – one is borrowed from the AARC (a local running club), and the other is from Run Less Run Faster. I normally don’t actually post MY workout, because I’m following a plan and it’s not safe to assume that anyone else is at the same level in their training that I am. Besides, I’m not a coach, and it’s not really my job to tell what these ladies what to do. But they seem happy enough to take the recommendations, so there you have it.
I just need to point out, again… do you see that screenshot of my recent workout? I ran 800s at a 10-ish pace. Consistently. I RAN A HALF MILE, FOUR TIMES, AT A 10-ISH PACE. I never thought that would be possible… and all I can think is this means I will be able to run a MILE at a 10-ish pace eventually. That’s insane to me!
Do you incorporate track speed work into your training? Why, or why not?