One of my favorite types of “training runs” is the interval run. Until now, I preferred to do all speed work runs on the treadmill. It was just easier to track because of the mileage/time trackers and digital track. However, today, I tried something different and jogged about a 2 mile warm up to a nearby track!
Interval training make much more sense when you can actually visualize it while running!
Since the humidity was crazy oppressive, I grabbed an easy-hold water bottle to set on the side of the track so I could take a drink when needed. I’m SO glad I did this.
Once I got to the track, I did an interval workout of sprinting one time around, jogging one time around, for eight times around total. Would that by considered 4×800’s? 8×800’s? We’ll go with the former unless one of you corrects me After completing 4×800’s, I jogged back home for a cool down.
So, in mileage speak, I:
ran just under 2 miles there, ran 2 miles of intervals, and just under 2 miles back home. It took me just under 1 hour
By the way, running on a track with two older men = ultimate confidence booster. They kept commenting on my speed and keeping the conversation going with compliments. In reality, I was in awe of their fitness, and can only hope that I’ll still be running 30-40 years from now! One of the men gave me a tip, too – he said that you’re supposed to switch directions on the track once through your workout because most tracks have a slight incline or decline somewhere throughout the track! Hm!
Also, because it was Africa hot, my cool down run home felt more like a workout in itself! It was only 76 degrees, but the humidity was insane.
In fact, right as I was turning onto my street, I ran into Shane who was on his way out to look for me. I guess I forgot to tell him I was doing a little more than my usual 4.5 mile loop! Oops..
My run left me famished, so I made a quick bowl of protein milk cereal:
I basically just made a protein shake out of milk + protein powder, and poured it over a sliced banana, cereal, and chia seeds! I was going to make a smoothie, but I have a meeting first thing this morning, and smoothies never leave me full longer than a couple hours lately.
Well, my hair is up in clips and sopping wet; gotta finish getting ready. You can bet I’ll be wearing beachy waves in this humidity today!
Have you ever done a track workout before? This was my first one! I was never on track growing up (the one sport I didn’t try!) so it was pretty interesting. I loved it!
Have a great Thursday!