Another track workout...

And another workout where I got to the track, and couldn't quite remember what the workout was.

I thought the book said, 4x [200 with 200 jog, 200 with 400 jog, 800 with 400 jog]. Goal times, written on my hand because I know I have a hard time remembering these times are (after the one mixup I had a week or so ago, I learned!): 200 - 38, 800 - 2:36.

Nate was doing these with me. First 200: 39. Second 200: 39. Nate keeps going for another 20-30 meters. Why'd you stop?, he asks. Because we're supposed to do [workout above], I answer. He explains that that doesn't make sense. It was 4x[200 with 200 jog, 400 with 400 jog, 800 with 400 jog] -- it's a simple ladder. I'm not convinced... but I decide to error on the side of more than less and do his workout. I'm so sure I'm right, and he's so sure he's right that we bet 5 minutes of massage on it.

I struggled to hit my goal time, especially the 800s.

Here were my set times:
Set 1: 39, 39 (200), 2:38
Set 2: 37, 1:17, 2:39
Set 3: 38, 1:18, 2:39
Set 4: :39, 1:19, 2:40

So the 800s were on average about 3 seconds slow.

When we got home, I checked my plan: HA! I was RIGHT!!! We were supposed to do 200s, not 400s!! Was that the reason I struggled more with this workout? I don't really think so -- I think it's more that my speed and VO2 max aren't where they should be. But for now, I'll blame it on Nate making the workout too long. :)

I'm going to enjoy my back massage tonight!!! :)

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

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