The temp’s were in the upper 60′s, a nice breeze, and sunny. What more could I ask for?
I went for a 1.5mile warm-up, a few drills, stretches, and strides. Changing into my flats, I considered wearing socks since my feet have lost some of their toughness over the last few years, but opted not to. I always feel faster without them, less bulkiness = better, right?
74, 75, 76, 75, 75, 76, 75, 75, 75, 75, 75, 74
I was really happy with these times. They have given me a base at which I can begin building upon.
Now, as for recover between each 400, it varied. I wanted my heart-rate (HR) to drop down to 120bpm. Yet, as the workout progressed, I just settled for under 130bpm before starting the next interval. I averaged 90sec recovery between intervals (sometimes taking 70sec and occasionally 1:40).
After my last 400, I did something I’ve never allowed myself to do before…I laid on the track… staring up at the sky with the colors of a sunset fading out, feeling my heart pounding against my chest, exhaustion taking over my body…I welcomed it and suddenly realized I had missed it…this feeling of being alive that comes from pushing your body through pain.
After laying there for a couple more minutes, I decided to drive home (5min. from the track/ big perk to living so close to a University) and take my dogs on an easy cool down through the neighborhood.
Today was a good training day. I know there will be days that won’t be so good, but for now, I am going to claim this success and look forward to what is ahead.
Happy Running/Biking/Exercising All!
Oh, yeah…as for blisters, I got some