My love/hate relationship with Track Workouts

Last night, when I got home from work, my mom greets me with ” He’s waiting”. I look into the kitchen and see Coach/Brother Ryan suited up in Under Armour waiting for my arrival to head out on a run. Before getting ” HI” out I hear ” Hurry Up!” as I crawl/walk up the stairs to get my running gear on.

Don’t get me wrong, I love running with him BUT he’s SO intimidating. Did I mention I was doing a speed work out because HE had to do one. I guess I could of BS’d running around the track but how boring and monotonous would that have been? Alright, first speed workout since September (I know I’m bad right? Running fast freaks me out.) shouldn’t be too bad… right?

My goal was to sprint 300m & jog 100m for 2 miles. Hence I said my goal. I ended up running that for 1.5 miles and the last .5 I sprinted 200m with a 30 sec rest in between. My times were completely shit-tastic. IDK what I expected after pretending that just doing long runs will make me faster. Reality check, they don’t and I need to suck it up and RUN FAST.

My times: 300m- 1:17 (yikes!) 200m :47

My brothers times: 800m: 2:17, 400m :67, 200m :27

See, I wasn’t too far off from his…

Prior to my boycotting of speed workouts I was hitting 300m at :65 AND I thought I was slow. I guess I should incorporate some more into my workouts? If you were wondering, it was completely awesome running my ass off and having my brother sprint past as he was lapping me.

On a lighter note, there are a lot of cool things happening in the running world right now.

1. On Januray 26th, @seedouglasrun blogger at www.douglascassaro.com, is hosting the FIRST Twitter Road Race. Email/DM him to sign up and check out his site for more info.

2. If you didn’t know, December 17th is Bart Yasso’s birthday. As a birthday present, let him know how much he’s either impacted you or the running community. Check out www.pavementrunner.blogspot.com to learn more about Project Birthday Bart!

3. As a reminder, tonight is the women’s running chat on Twitter at 6pm PST. Last time I attended, I was able to meet some great new runners and a few awesome blogs to read.

Will you be joining? Let me know!

Run Hard. Run Long. Run Strong.

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5 thoughts on “My love/hate relationship with Track Workouts

  1. Don’t feel bad about not incorporating speed work. I rarely do it. It’s not for everyone… that being said. When I am able to do it, I love it. Running miles on top of miles can be so mundane, but hitting the track and sprinting your shoes off is FUN!

    Keep running strong and dont forget to enjoy what you’re doing. Thanks for the shout out.

  2. I love a great sprint workout being a “former” sprinter. Funny, there are 6 tracks in a three mile radius of me and most are closed/ locked up most of the time. Boo! Great job, not bad for a distance runner at all! Love how your “coach” was waiting as you walked through the door. Thanks for the shout out.

  3. Ooh, thanks for letting us know about the women’s running Twitter chat! So cool.

    And I also have an amazingly strong and in-shape brother! He’s younger than me, though, so I’m usually the bossy one 🙂

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