as i mentioned before, chris and i joined one of the local running/triathlon teams in the area. i have gone to a couple group runs, but have yet to go to a track workout.
well last night was the night.
for some reason this made me pretty nervous. i mean it is the track after all, not my most favorite place on earth. plus i haven’t done ANY speed work since before CIM. what if i was the slowest or what if i just didn’t fit in?
well chris and i met after work at the track and waited around for a bit before some people started to show up. one guy asked if we were there for the team workout and we said yes so we started jogging with him. we talked a little bit and then met up with the others. it was a really small group, just 6 of us – 3 girls, 3 guys, but everyone was so so so nice. after our warm up, we did some drills then lined up to start the workout.
2 sets of 4×800 meter at 10k race pace (200 walk/jog between)
5 min jog between sets
not so bad or intimidating right?
so off we went… the first one i definitely got caught up with the other runners and went too fast. when i finished the first lap i was at a 6:30 pace and that most definitely isn’t my 10k pace. i pulled back but still finished too fast. i was the last one to come in, but that’s ok, i wasn’t too far behind one girl and everyone was so encouraging and so nice. i didn’t feel bad at all about being the last one. we continued on with the workout and it felt so good to be out there running fast again.
1 – 3:33.0
2 – 3:38.8
3 – 3:39.6
4 – 3:38.8
5 – 3:40.8
6 – 3:35.1
7 – 3:38.9
(avg 3:37.9 or 7:16 pace)
we got kicked off the track before our last 800 and didn’t get much of a cool down, so i didn’t get in my planned mileage for the day (around 6, planned 8), but that’s ok, i will get the miles in. i stayed pretty consistent, but accidentally had a couple faster ones. they were all a bit faster than my 10k pace, but i was happy with what felt close to a 10k effort.
i was so happy that we got out there and are being proactive with this. one of the main reasons i wanted to join a running team is to be pushed by running with faster runners, and i am definitely going to find that here. everyone was so nice and now i know not to feel intimidated or nervous. plus i actually had fun out there on the track with other runners!
i definitely left there with a smile on my face