Our training session tonight was.. on the track! I’ve not been on a running track since my teenage years, where it was pain stakingly obvious that i had no athletic ability at all! Standing on the marker line, getting ready to run 400 metres wondering how on earth I would actually make it back round to the same spot.
I had the usual pre-club reservations tonight; What am I doing here? Can I do this? Am I even a runner?? Every week so far I have started the one mile warm up at the front of the group because of how we’ve left the building, and as I’ve been talking to someone I’ve ended up locked in a faster warm up pace than is probably suited to me. 3 weeks ago the first mile was a considered a significant part of my run – not a warm up!
After our warm up we split into our groups, and started the training session. Our schedule was 6 mins at threshold pace (this was described to me as being just being outside your 10 k pace) 3 minutes jog, and then 400 m at 5 k pace, 100 m jog x 5, with a 3 min jog before doing 400 m at 5 k pace, 100 m jog x 5.
At the start of the second set of intervals I lost my pace during the lap a couple of times, but on the whole it was great, My last 400 m was awesome. The coach was running beside giving me pointers. I ran the last lap faster than any of them, and I KNOW that my form was better as it felt Great. It really is amazing how little tweaks can make a massive difference to how you feel.
5.25 miles covered in total tonight.