Today’s workout: the track. Ug.
Of all the workouts I do, I dread these workouts the most. Good thing it was gorgeous out & my husband & dog were set to join me — gives me no excuse to back out.
Off we go to the track. 5 mile WU (trying to hit 11 on the day, and I know after a track workout I’m lazy and just want to head home… hence doing a really long warm up). Then 3×1 mile. Nate times me (kudos to him for all the help/support he gives!) & does the last lap with me on each one.
First one: 5:42. And it feels awful. I feel inefficient and the pace feels awkward. I also can’t kick it up into another gear. Nothing like a first VO2 max workout to let you know that you should really be doing these more often!
2nd mile 5:38. During this one, I really wanted to throw in the towel. This isn’t fun. I have my entire family out on the track on this BEAUTIFUL evening — when we could be doing something much cooler (don’t know what that would be, but I’m sure we could find something). And plus, this is just HARD! Sometimes I don’t know if all of this effort is even worth it… I don’t know if I have what it takes. Honestly. I’m really not that fast.
3rd mile in 5:40, which I didn’t want to start, but Nathan made me. Then onto an 800. Last repeat. Kinda fun, just having to do two laps. Except I look at my watch when I’m done: 2:49?!? That’s the same pace I did the miles in! (laughing 🙂 Oh gee, guess I need to work on my speed a little bit.
So, glad I did it… but gosh… makes me wonder if I’m really cut out for this.
My first race is in a week and a half – the human race 8k in st. paul. So, I really need to work on that speed!!
P.S. In all actuality, from the dog’s perspective, we could not have done anything more fun than this track workout. The Red Wing track is always open (so nice!) & fortunately completely fenced in. So she was free to RUN and sprint after tennis balls, chase me as I ran around the track, etc. She had a huge smile on her face the entire time, tounge hanging out as far as it could, panting as hard as she could :).