As I mentioned in my last post, I have started a new half marathon training plan. Each week consists of a speed workout, a tempo workout, a long run, 2 cycling workouts and a yoga workout. In addition, I do core strengthening workouts and stretching.
Today starts week #2 of the new plan. Last week I was out of town and unable to use a track. I tried to do the workout on the road. With the hills, it just wasn’t the same as going to the track. So, this morning I headed for the track for my weekly speed workout. When I left the house, I was pleased to feel a chill in the air. It’s been pretty hot here, but fortunately, the nights and mornings have been cool. I hope it stays that way; it makes the heat a little bit more tolerable!
My workout called for a warm up, 6 x 800 and a cool down. I live 1.5 miles from the track, so I ran there and back for my warm up and cool down. Once I see the track, I always get excited. I love the feeling of the track, I love pushing my body, and I love the memories that I have from my track days. What I need to do is keep everything under control and not beat up my body. As my training plan reads, “Remember, you still have 2 other running workouts to complete this week.” Yep, I need to stay calm.
I decided to go out a little slower than what is recommended. The plan recommends to use your 5k pace or a little faster as a target pace. Since it’s been a long time (6-8 months) since I did a speed workout, I decided to be conservative and run a little slower than my 5k pace. Each of my 800 were consistent which is important. However, after I completed the 5th 800, I was pretty tired. I decided to run a 400 instead of an 800 for the last repeat. I feel like the workout was a success!
The hardest part of speed workouts for me is doing them without first thing in the morning without eating breakfast. The minute I wake up, I eat half a banana and then get dressed and run out the door. I’m wondering if I should use a gel on these mornings just to give me a little more calories or if I should train my body to get used to using what I have stored?
By the time I got home, I was more than ready for breakfast! An egg, raspberries, oatmeal and a cup of tea sure hit the spot!
Do you enjoy track workouts?
Do you do your speed workout before eating? Do you feel like you have enough energy?