Track Workout - 8-26-09

I was pretty pumped to get to the track this morning. Last night I read this article in Runners World about this young runner, Andrew Wheating, who is the new hope for the USA in the Mile. Did you know that the US has not won an Olympic Gold in the mile in over 100 years? How crazy is that?

At one point Wheating talks about what constitutes a good race: "Fast, yes, but the greatest is a field of guys battling for the lead, a whole pack neck and neck, guys dying, guys diving... God, it's exciting coming from behind, ripping past everyone."

I did not run track in high school. I played football and hated running. I may have liked running a forty yard dash, but anything more and I was puking. But now I find myself really excited to get to the track. It really does not matter how fast you run, when you are running your pace and doing a track workout you just feel like a track star!

Here is my workout from this morning:

1 x 800 warm up
6 x 200 100 recovery (:56)
6 x 300 200 recovery (1:24)
4 x 100 100 recovery (all out)
4 x 400 300 recovery (1:52)
1 x 800 cool down

The workout was pretty easy until I did my 100 meter all out sprints. This was to help build the lactate in my legs and then run 400's afterwards. My times were right on until that point.

200 (:56, :54, :53, :53, :53, :53)
300 (1:24, 1:20, 1:22, 1:17, 1:23, 1:22)

I ran my 100's with Andrew (not Wheating) who is in his 20's - just want to make that clear. We ran all out and then jogged back. I love to race short distances and I really pushed the speed. It felt so good. All I could think about was Andrew Wheating and how he must feel coming around the track, from behind, passing all those guys and winning the race.

I ran the 400's after that and it was not easy. My legs really felt like I was running in water. I am guessing that this is something I am going to have to work on. My times were (2:04, 1:58, 1:56, 1:54).

I finished with a cool down lap and headed off the track. It was a good morning...


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