As I sat in an afternoon meeting and glared at the dark sky, threatening to open up at any moment and destroy my plans for an evening track workout, I realized something: I was going to be genuinely pissed if this workout got ruined. Like, 100%. I was truly excited to go run my guts out on the track.
I’m gonna be totally honest for a minute here. Of course I love running, but there’s a meaningful part of me that’s just plain lazy. Like, if you tell me that I can’t run that day due to something completely out of my control, I might groan and act disappointed, but deep down, I’m totally smiling about the prospect of laying on the couch and eating potato chips instead.
Of course, if that happened every day, I’d never get to run and that would genuinely make me sad. But on a day-to-day basis, my opportunistic side will take chillaxin’ over running, no question.
Anyway. What’s the point of all this navel gazing? I realized this afternoon that I think I genuinely enjoy track workouts in a way that I don’t enjoy other running.
And I think it’s because it’s the only time when I feel truly in control of my pace. Like my body is a car and I can make it perform for me. Maybe it’s the constant feedback that you get when running on a fixed surface like a track: out too fast at the 200? Slow it down, ease off the gas pedal. Coming in to the final stretch? Accelerate a bit.
Of course, like driving a car, you’ve got to manage how you burn your fuel – and make sure you don’t run out. But if you run a smart workout, you won’t run out of gas on the track. In fact, one of the things I love about track workouts it the ability to push my figurative gas tank just to the point where the fuel light comes on.
I find this much more difficult during longer intervals on the road, or (shudder) tempo runs. Probably because I just don’t know how to drive those workouts as well. I always go out too fast and run out of gas. Or worse, end up in a smoking wreck on the side of the road.
So what’s the point of this post? There isn’t one, really. 🙂 Just me ruminating about a silly running analogy that occurred to me as I was shuffling down Houston street on my cool down tonight, after a solid track workout that was truly a joy to run.
On to some eats and drinks, yes?
Today’s EAT: Hey, it’s memorial day! Time for some burgers and beer!
Oh wait…that was yesterday.
Well, since the hubs and I both worked yesterday, and because a Trader Joe’s chicken burger was a quick and easy dinner for tonight, burgers it was:
Not the prettiest picture, I know. I drenched my burger in BBQ sauce and wolfed it down, along with some baked chips. Ever since amarathoner posted about his delicious BBQ this weekend, I’ve been craving it! A prefab chicken burger and sauce from a jar is a far cry from the real thing, but it satisfied the urge. For now, anyway.
And lest you think this dinner was completely devoid of veggies, we had some carrots and hummus too:
Not every dinner can be a creative home-cooked meal. I didn’t get home until 8:30 tonight and just didn’t have any chef in me, so prepared stuff it was!
Today’s DRINK: Sad fact: I am running out of Trader Joe’s branded beers to try. This Vienna was one of the last, I think.
And, meh. It’s not my favorite. There is something weird about it.
Today’s RUN: Tonight’s CPTC workout was 12 X 400 with 200M recovery. The objective was to run the first 6 at 5K pace, then for the last 6, a second faster on each repeat.
Of course I went a little faster than 5K pace. But I held up okay and had a great finish! The group was big tonight and crowding was a bit of an issue for the first couple of repeats, until people figured out where they were pacing within the group. Splits were (to the best of my recollection): 96, 94, 90, 94, 92, 91. Then: 90, 91, 89, 88, 86, 82. (82! Zoom zoom!)
Total miles including warm up, cool down and recovery: about 8.
And speaking of 5Ks, I’m running one this weekend! In Brooklyn, on Sunday. Thanks for your awesome comments on my post about NYC’s lack of 5Ks. Apparently I just wasn’t looking hard enough. 🙂 Special thanks to ThatGirl for turning me on the the one I’m gonna do this weekend!
Today’s QUESTION: Track workouts: love or hate? And if you love ’em, what’s your favorite workout? I loooove me some 400s. Tonight was pretty much my ideal workout!