I’ve been doing a lot of workouts lately. While Thinking out loud, track workouts is something fairly new to me, and it is taking my body time to adjust too. Doing speed workouts is something I’ve neglected for a while, so I am excited to reap the benefits.
My History: Three years ago my weekly training cycle consisted of a tempo run and race. It worked well for me, and I was in the best shape of my life. In fact, I Pred in everything! With a lot of goal and life changes, I neglected speed and ran easy. After a few injuries and regression in my running, I realized my current training was not working out.
So in July, I decided to try something new but also terrifying: The Track!
I work at a running store, and I always hear about the benefits of track workouts but yet could not force them into my training.
Why not? I’m not sure.
Did I fear injury? Did I fear failure? Well, to be honest, my previous training was failing me anyways…
Before July, I had only been to the track a handful of times. I had done a few mile repeats but never anything significant on the track. After a few weeks of going to the track once a week, something magical happened…I began to like going! Speed workouts have quickly become my favorite workout of the week!
While I haven’t seen the improvement I would like, I have slowly started to see improvement. Now on my worst race days (which have been more frequent due to life), I’m now running faster than my best days earlier in the year. So I see progress but know it will take a lot of consistency to see more progress, though.
Here are some workouts I’ve done over the course of the last three months:
12x400s with 1:30 rest, similarly 16x400s with 1 min rest
3x1mile repeats, 4×1 mile repeats
2×800, 2×600, 2×400, 2×200,2×400
2×2 miles with two mins rest
What’s my favorite workout?
I like to keep it simple. I must admit my favorite workouts are 400s. They are simple, easy and straight to the point. I can easily reflect and see progression or even regression.
The other factor that has been helping my speed work is my Garmin 220. I can program all my workouts because I can set the distance I want and the rest period. The watch will beep and keep everything together for me. There is no hiding or “extra rest”…I do believe it was the best purchase I’ve made for my personal running in a while.
I plan to keep doing speed work and racing through the fall. I enjoy my current method, and I’m in the best spot mentally I’ve been in a few years. Like I said on Sunday, my only problem now is finding a track to use during the school year.
Question for you: What is your favorite speed or track workout?