Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Harvard Indoor Workout

AM: 10k easy
PM: 3 mile w/u + strides
Target: 5x500m @1:40 (5:20 pace) w/75 sec. jog; 3x200m hard strides
Actual: 1:40, 1:39, 1:39, 1:37, 1:39; 36, 36, 36, 6x400m @78-80
2 mile c/d
Total: 9 miles
Daily total: 15+ miles

Despite having raced indoors a handful of times, I've never actually worked out on an indoor track--until tonight. Yes, I suppose you can consider me an official New Englander now. As depressing as it is to admit that I live somewhere still cold (and potentially snowy) enough to necessitate working out indoors in mid-March, I must also admit that it's great to have the resource of the Harvard indoor track available for laypeople like myself.

Honesty: I'm a bit behind on blogging, so the details of this are a touch fuzzy. What I remember is that Coach Jordan prescribed a relatively light speed session in advance of this weekend's St. Patty's Day 8k in DC, so I actually ended up jumping in and out of some longer repeats that he was completing with two other BAA guys. This meant that my rest was almost uniformly less than 75 seconds due to the timing of their laps, but I felt comfortable enough throughout that it didn't really matter; so comfortable, in fact, that after my scheduled workout was completed I offered to accompany them for alternating 400s of their remaining mile repeats. At times this workout felt more like a game of Frogger due to the ridiculous amount of people who apparently had the same idea as us--including, but not limited to, a pack of New Balance Boston runners, a kids' track team, a group of gymnasts and/or cheerleaders and a group comprising virtually every female masters runner in the greater Boston area with apparently no spatial awareness or grasp of track etiquette--but overall it was a lot of fun, and the perfect amount of volume to undertake leading up to Sunday's race.


Caitlin Chrisman Bullock said...

Nice! Your speed keeps getting better and better!!!