Track work has become some of my favorite parts of training. Once you get past the peculiarity of your lungs fatiguing before your legs (strange to a long distance runner), the variation and speed can be exhilarating.
We did the most fun workout you can do on a track last night. Ladders are great for me because there’s constant variation and the distances get shorter as you start to reach fatigue. I was about to push myself harder than last week but not as fast as a few weeks ago. We ran 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400.
My last lap gave me confidence as I surged toward the finish with a newly discovered burst of energy. When I’m sprinting, I envision my next race and focus on the feeling of accomplishment I’ll have at the finish. Practicing my kick at the finish line also keeps what I’m working toward top of mind.
Summer fast track is quickly coming to and end, and this was our last track night. We’ll be running tempo workouts on Tuesdays going forward, and I’ll try not to miss the track too much.
*photo credit: Tracy Schrader, Summer Fast Track coach