You think I had to be organized on Tuesday? Wednesday morning was a whole other level of organization.
One of my friends through the team we train with has been hosting a local morning track workout and I have always been a little hesitant to go… trying new things is scary! Plus track in the morning just sounded rough. But it was just more convenient and I am really trying to get most of my training done in the morning. I reminded myself about the first time I went to group track ever, how I was really scared and how I was so glad I went, so I told him I would be there. Then he asked if I would co-host the workouts with him, which really meant no turning back!
Tuesday night I set everything out just like I did on Monday night, but this time I also set out everything I needed to get ready in the morning. Since I am lucky enough to have a shower at work and it is back track to get home to get ready, I decided to save some extra time and just get ready at work, but this required massive amounts of organization.
Clothes, makeup, towel, toiletries, hair dryer, straightener, snacks for the day, lunch, etc…. I looked like I was moving in when I got to work Wednesday morning!
But that’s jumping ahead.
4:30am wake up, 5:30 leave the house with all my stuff, 5:50 arrive at the track.
It was another cold for us morning (34) and it was dark and foggy, but people started showing up and we got into our warm up. It was fun chatting with everyone and hearing what people are training for… everything from getting into running shape to 50 milers! After a little over a mile we did drills and then got into the workout.
All the track workouts I am doing this cycle are from the BAA Advanced 16 week training program, and this one is from week two (I skipped week 1 since I wanted to give myself a month off speed work after CIM just to be safe and Wednesday just happened to be a month exactly!).
Workout: 1 mile, 2 mile, 1 mile at slightly slower than 10k pace with 3 & 5 minute rest.
I was kind of nervous standing there in the dark, I hadn’t done speed work in over a month and just wasn’t sure what to expect. I kept my goal realistic and was shooting for low 7:30s and just hoped for the best. Before I knew it we were running!
I started off at the slower end and worked into my pace on every single interval. Every time I would complete a lap I would check my watch (which I would have to turn the light on for since it was dark) and my average pace was falling. This made me happy, especially since a lot of it was by effort with not being able to see my garmin! I hate when I shoot out like a rocket at track, pacing is so key to a good workout, so this was very good. The pace felt comfortable too, not too hard like 5k or faster, just comfortably uncomfortable, just like a 10k should feel.
I finished my first mile right where I wanted: 7:35. I jogged a lap, we regrouped and started into the 2 miles. I eased into it again and continually got faster through every lap: 15:06 (7:39, 7:27/7:33 avg ). I jogged another lap, we regrouped, and then got into the last mile and hit it right where I hoped: 7:32. I jogged another mile as cool down and headed to work!
It was also so fun being out there in the complete darkness. The longer we were out there the lighter it got, but it was so foggy you couldn’t see across the track. I loved it!
total workout: 7.1 miles/59:46/8:25 avg pace
I loved going in the morning and I was so happy I was getting it out of the way so early. There is something about running around the track half asleep, in the cold and complete darkness that is just so fun to me. There is a great group of people out there and I am excited to get to know them and continue to help host this workout. I will definitely be back weekly!