Anyway, last week when we were running they started telling me about a track workout they do with Team Utopia every Tuesday night. They said the workouts change each week and that the team is a really great group and that I should join. I was really interested but my potential problem was that Joe works on Tuesday nights so I would have to see if my parents could pick Mia up from school and watch her for me. Luckily, we normally go there for dinner on Tuesday nights so I didn’t think it would be an issue and my parents were happy to do it.
I’ve wanted to do track workouts for a while. I know they will help make me a faster runner and help me get closer to that sub 4 hour marathon goal, but I am always afraid to do them on my own. I don’t know why, it’s probably ridiculous, but I’ve always felt like I needed someone there to tell me what to do so joining a team sounded like the perfect opportunity.
So I signed up late last week and started to get excited for Tuesday...until I saw the forecast. They were predicting 96 degrees for the high! Great- my first track workout and I was going to die. I checked with Jenny and she said we were still on so I sucked it up and went and I am so glad I did.
After a 1.5 mile warmup the coach told us we would be split up into 3 person teams and would be doing 200 m relays for an hour. I think he said something about how this was the only workout he thought wouldn’t kill us in this heat. Excellent...
Jenny and I were put on a team with Chuck who was super nice. I got to go first and unsure of how to pace myself I tried to go as fast as I could. Unfortunately I didn’t have my garmin set up properly for a track workout so my data isn’t very good. But it appears I did most of my 200 m relays at a 6:30 pace. We ended up running 3 miles of relays so 4.5 miles for the night with the warmup. Some people did a cool down run but the workout went a little later than I expected so I skipped that to go get Mia and get her ready for bed. Overall my pace for the evening was 7:30. Again, I need to figure out my garmin so next week I can have better data.
Having the teams of 3 really helped with the heat. We each enough time in between our laps to drink some water. By the end of the night we were all dripping with sweat and I felt beat but it was a good feeling. I can’t wait until next week.
I had made plans to meet Jenny and Lois the next morning for a 5 miler but I think I didn’t drink enough water after the workout. I ended up not being able to sleep and had a horrible headache that lasted through part of the next day. I just tried to rest and drink a lot of water and eventually felt back to normal although my legs are still tired.
This morning I felt much better and was able to run 7 miles at a 9:26 pace. The heat and humidity has also started to break so hopefully next weeks track workout won’t have the same effect on me.