So last Friday evening, I headed up to Bailey Middle School track for some 400 repeats. It’s been maybe two years since I last did intervals here. However, for some reason, I have certainly enjoyed getting back on the track again. I feel like I am going through a cycle.
Some training periods I prefer road workouts and others I seem to be drawn to the confines and security of the paper clip shaped oval.
My workout started with a nice warm up on the nearby soccer fields. Running off the roads is nice. Running on manicured grass is even better. Three laps around the soccer fields totals to a little more than a mile.
Time was nearly upon me for moving to the track but before leaving the awesome grassy surface, I wanted to get my legs turning over. To do this, I ran 6 x 150 yards of hard striders. Maybe it is just that I hadn’t done this in a while, but my legs felt good doing it.
With my striders complete, the time had arrived to get in to my workout: 12 x 400.
My first one was a bit sluggish: 84 seconds. The next one was in 82 seconds. Then, I started to get the feel and settle into the workout. Repeats 3 through 10 went down in either 80 or 81. The final two repeats, I knocked off in 79 and then 78.
Last fall before OBX, I ran a set of 400s in a workout and I wasn’t anywhere close to what I achieved during this workout.
I know there is some speed still left in these legs. Nurturing the turnover to the surface is hard and requires a lot of time working on it.
I just have to remember “All good results are based in hard work”.
Sharing one thought at time,
The Cool Down Runner