December 15, 2005
I love track, yes I do
I love track in the afternoon, when the good rubber-surface track is closed to the public and instead I go to the middle school with the asphalt track, when the PE teacher is driving a golf cart all over the track because it's boring watching a bunch of multi-sized middleshcoolers play touch football in the infield, when entitled matrons pace round the track screaming into cellphones. I love track all the time, but especially in the afternoon.
Actually it wasn't that bad. There was a fairly stiff headwind on the backstretch, but of course that meant a tailwind for the start and home stretch. The workout was 10 miles including 4x100m strides in the warmup, then 1600/1200/800/400 with 400 rest, then cooldown. Goals were 6:20, 4:12 (this had to have been a typo so I decided it really meant 4:42), 3:05, 1:30. I actually ran 6:13, 4:38, 3:09 (oops), 1:28. For the rests I walked 100m, then jogged 300m. The 1600 felt easier that I thought it would. The other items felt as hard as I thought they would, but I was so happy to have gotten the 1600 over with that it didn't matter as much. My stomach was very unhappy with this business of afternoon running, but I managed to hold on until the cooldown.
Something very weird and happy, and running-related: I heard from an old friend whose band my band used to play with (if you can follow that) and who was a cynical punk-person who also liked pop music, like me. He called today because he ran the half-marathon Sunday, and he saw my name and my husband's name in the results, and he wanted to know if it really was the girl who used to smoke 1000 packs of cigarettes a day and let him bum smokes (actually I'd sort of force him to smoke, as in "you know you want one, c'mon..."). It turns out he's been running for years, and he coaches a cross-country team, and we spent over an hour talking about running, for god's sake. He knows a lot of the people from my running club. It's like we inhabited separate, parallel universes for the past 4 years. What a cool thing.
Posted by joe positive at December 15, 2005 8:49 PM
The 4:12 was probably right as written. The other times listed were most likely wrong and should have read 5:40, 2:45 and 1:20. Good workout anyway.
Posted by: Love of God and Country at December 16, 2005 6:47 PM