Let’s get caught up on these runs. So last night I went to my third Memphis track workout (a.k.a. Tuesday Night Torture – TNT)
March 27 – Run 56/86
Location: University of Memphis Track
Weather Notes: Warm but not hot. Sun was setting, little breeze.
Distance: The total distance I ran was 3 miles. The workout looked like this:
One lap warm-up
4 x 400m to be run at a comfortable pace close to your mile pace. I did the first 3, all between 96 and 102 seconds
1 x 1600m (that’s a mile, y’all) to be run at a consistent pace similar to the first set of 400s. I did it in 7:13.
4 x 400m to be run just a little bit faster than the first set of 400s. I did the first two, rested on the third and ran as hard as I could on the last. My times were 94, 102 and 89 seconds.
One lap cooldown
Other Notes: I still dread these workouts. And definitely whine about it all day Tuesday. But I go, and I know I’ll do the best I can, whatever Coach Paul says. It’s best to just not think about it. There’s a little anxiety amongst the runners before the workout begins as we run our warm-up laps. “I think I heard him say ‘mile’.” “I heard sets ‘two and three you should take a rest'”. Waiting for the workout is almost worse than actually running it. I LOVE 400s so I didn’t mind those. I know I can run around the track once. No matter how many times, I know I can mentally talk myself into one lap. I’m not so friendly with the mile….that’s four very long laps. I don’t feel like I was really in a rhythm until the fourth and final lap – my breathing was steady and my mental picture of myself as Katniss was in full force in my mind.
If you saw me at the track and I didn’t look like a badass running from fire (more like a red-in-the-face, soaked with sweat runner trying to stay alive), I don’t want to hear about it.
March 28 – Run 57/87
Location: Midtown Pack Route
Weather Notes: High 50s, clear
Distance: 4.16 miles
Other Notes: The Pack was a decent size this morning and we welcomed a few runners back (including Peekay!). Abby and I were definitely struggling because of the track workout last night, so the girls decided on 4 miles while the boys ran ahead and did their speedy miles. Great morning for a run!