Yes! Back at the track!My knee has been healing, so yesterday, I went for a quick 5mile run. When I got home I saw a text from Coach: "Just saw you running. You look strong. Do you want to meet tomorrow?" I was going to push out the track work out for one more week, but when I saw that text, it was like I had no filter - and responded immediately, "Absolutely!" So much for waiting one more week!
Today, I warmed up 1.5miles, and got right into my strides. My strides were a little slower than normal - about a 22sec pace. My thoughts were to start out slow and ease back into speed, over the next few weeks. I have the community run on Thanksgiving - my all-time favorite local race - and I don't want anything to get in the way of my
- Avoid getting passed by anyone pushing a baby stroller! This can really kills that runner's "high".
- Do better than last year's time. So far, these are reasonable goals.
- Make it into the top 10 in my age group. Ugh, I've never ever been able to do this in this race! Sad, I know, all this training and I am still a turtle!
- Get a mug! This is my #1 goal for the entire month of November - yeah, that's right. It's not about getting the turkey right or making some perfect pie - it's about getting that mug at the Ashenfelter Classic! I'm totally obsessed with the mug ...but look ...they're beautiful, aren't they?
|Aaaah, my Ashenfelter Classic Treasures|
So when Coach told me to run eight 1/4mile splits with a 30sec rest and goal pace: 7:20min/mi, I thought, "I can do that!" As I ran the splits, I stayed focussed,
on my Ashenfelter mug. Needless to say, Coach was impressed with my times: 1min40second splits.
I didn't tell him that I ran a little faster 'cause I couldn't stop thinking about how much I want an Ashenfelter Classic mug!
Cool down: 1.5miles. Lots of stretching, afterward and home for some post work out carbs, fiber, food: Organic Yogurt (carbs + protein), some crushed walnuts (healthy fats: Omega-3) and raisins (a good source of potassium and iron).
It felt great to be back on the track!
TRAIN SMART TODAY!