I have been doing a track workout every Tuesday for as long as I can remember. Like 5 years! Wow! That is a long time. They started Tuesday nights with the Portland Tri Club. Paul would lead us in these crazy work-outs. I think my
least favorite was 6×800 with a recovery lap but in the recovery lap we would do a steep hill repeat. This began my love/hate relationship with the track. I began to go earlier. I went through a series of training partners: Sheryl (for IMC), Ilana (IMCDA), and Kara (it started with P-town marathon and progressed into many more races). They were all awesome. It always made getting up at the crack of dawn, rain or shine, dark or light, to do the dreaded track work-out BETTER knowing I was meeting one of them.
About a year ago I was running on my own at an odd time because of my work schedule and I ran into Amy. She saw my M-dot tat and we started chatting. She asked if I wanted to join her run group. I said maybe next week. It was too late in the morning for me. I was usually there at 6 and her group did not meet until 930. But I gave it a try the next week and it was awesome! Then I met her husband-to-be, Chris and started doing his masters swim at 530. Great 2 hard workouts in a 5 hour span. Someone kill me PLEASE! I have vastly improved in my swim and run due to them so I have nothing to complain about!
I am telling you all of this because I am doing my FIRST track workout TODAY! POST-INJURY!! 14 weeks since my last track practice. I AM NERVOUS!!
I am nervous for 3 reasons:
The biggest one being: I will aggravate my newly healed soft tissue.
Secondly: I just do not like to run fast…it hurts too much!
Lastly: It has been way to long since I ran fast in circles(minus my run test last week.)
I am excited for only 1 reason:
I like getting faster and I know this is the ONLY way to get FASTER!
Here I am post-swim and pre-run praying to the running gods that I survive this work out. The sun is shinning so it could not be that bad! The last time I was at the track Shalene Flannagan was there, running crazy fast and gave me some motivation. I could only hope to see her today! I will run with caution and hope for the best!!
Do you love the track or hate the track? Why??