I don’t bother with the watch, I just tuck in, and hold on!

Last night was the second week in a row I’ve been able to meet up with the Hampton Road Runners for their Monday night speed sessions.  There is always a large turnout for these meet ups and I’m impressed with how organized the workouts are for runners of all different levels. The coaches/organizers have different workouts ready, get everyone grouped up properly, started, etc. I try to make these sessions as much as possible. I was VERY grateful to have Dennis and Ryan Carroll pacing me. There was no point for me to bother with my watch. They had the paces they knew I should run, they’d pace perfectly, so my job was to stay with them. This workout was easy-peasy for them so I was grateful they took time out to help me. Afterwards they jumped in a 200 workout like it was nothing.

After my girl talk time warm up with Renee we got started. Renee had just won a 10K the day before (She is amazing, right?!) so she was running laps but not our workout.  We started off with a 2K at 5:59 pace. I later admitted on Facebook that I thought we were running a 1K and in my mind during the whole interval I was trying to figure out how far a 1K is? I am that ridiculous. Next we did a mile in 5:51, 1200 at 5:40 mile pace, 800 in 2:46, 400 in 77, and another 400 in 77. I felt strong at all the paces except the 400’s. The 400’s felt out of reach but that will change as the season goes on. Our sun-filled sky quickly turned into a rain-pouring, black sky. We gathered our things after a quick 1 mile cool down and RAN to our cars with lightning striking half a mile away.

 Now I am off to chill with lots of ice: (my first homemade labeled picture…..this blog is getting craaaaazy!)

If you run track in the evening, how well do you sleep that night?

I sleep terrible after hard efforts in the evening and wake up several times throughout the night, easy days I sleep like a baby. I prefer to hit the track in the morning for that reason.

What days do you do track workouts?

These track workouts on Mondays are odd to me. Doesn’t everyone know it’s supposed to be “Track Tuesday”?

Advertisements

43 thoughts on “I don’t bother with the watch, I just tuck in, and hold on!

  1. That is so true! I always sleep terrible the night of my difficult workouts. Maybe because we are stressing the body so much. It may produce more Cortisol, hence the disrupted sleep.. I don’t know what I’m talking about, just blubbering. YOU my beautiful girl are so damn fast. When is your next race? Can’t wait to see you fly like an eagle.

    Like

    • Cortisol makes sense. I won’t have any trouble falling asleep but I’ll wake up briefly 3-4 times. I’m stealing your explanation. My next big race is the Rock & Roll Half in Virginia Beach but I will do a ton of other smaller local races before then.

      Like

  2. I love reading about speedwork:) good workout! I just joined a local running club because they do speedwork at the track on Thursday mornings and tempo runs on Tuesday’s- perfect! I have yet to join them, as I’m not sure I’m quite ready for speed-workouts yet, but I can’t wait:)
    Nice ice picture, I wouldn’t have a clue how to do that;)

    Like

    • Speedwork is MUCH less intimidating with a group..go for it!! The ice picture was so easy. There was a free app so before my ice bath a took a picture using the app, then typed in the label. Not fancy at all like some other blogs but I never promised fancy here 😉

      Like

  3. Hey nice FAST workout! I always find it hard to look at my watch while doing speedwork, so it’s nice when someone can do that part for you so you can concentrate on running! My brain gets very addled on speed (!) and I can’t think straight anyway. Even adding gets complicated!

    I also have trouble sleeping after evening workouts. Problem is, my body doesn’t like hard workouts in the morning…it wants to ease into the day! I agree, Monday is a strange day for track, what with all the races on Sundays. I grew up with track Tuesday, now we do it Wednesday morning, almost the same thing really!

    Like

    • Exactly. It was SO nice to shut off my brain. Of course later I’m texted “What were my splits?! I can’t remember!” lol. Glad you agree about Track Tuesday! Wednesday morning would be nice too!

      Like

  4. Nice track workout! I am glad to see you are getting back into your speedy ways. I have to admit I sleep pretty well on nights after I do a hard workout although I think as it gets hotter this summer we are going to move our track workouts to the morning, and yes “Track Tuesday” just sound right.

    Like

  5. Way to go! You are super speedy! That is pretty cool that they do those workouts and plan them for you and pace you, though. I wish we had something like that here but hopefully we will in my new town when I move. Sometimes I do have trouble sleeping if I run late at night so I usually run in the mornings or right after work.

    Like

  6. I LOVE that you did this crazy workout without a watch, gps, or any other form of technology telling you how to feel. You know what’s going on with your body and that’s why you’re so awesomely fast! I think you’re my hero 😉

    I sleep awful after a race or hard efforted (is that even a word???) workout. I toss and turn and feel wide awake until late hours of the night, it’s really strange.

    Like

    • I will trade my “knowing what’s going on with my body” thing for your “perfect body, gorgeous looking in every race photo” thing 😉 lol. Good Luck at the marathon!!

      Like

  7. Great job out there last night, Kris!! You did great and Ryan and I were happy to help you out. I actually enjoy helping other’s with their workouts, more than I do running my won…I know, I am weird!! LOL!
    As for the “Track Tuesday”, I am going to throw out the idea to the group about changing to from Monday to Tuesday..Dai and I threw this idea out before about merging our HRR and FKS workouts together on Tuesday. This would allow more pace group variation and when it gets winter and the daylight gets shorter again, Dai and FKS already have Cox reserved on Tuesday’s and they have lights. So, we’ll throw out the idea and see what happens.

    Like

    • I don’t want anyone to switch because of me but if others are all for it too, then that is great. I prefer Cox to Landstown anyway. Cox seems more central for many of us too!

      Like

  8. I’m glad that workout went so well for you. You can come pace me for a workout like it’s no big deal. HA. I actually have to start workouts this summer, something I’ve never done and I’m somewhat nervous…tracks just look scary lolz.

    Like

  9. That is one fast workout lady! I need to start doing more track workouts to work on my speed. I feel like I lost a lot of speed while training for my half.

    Like

  10. Flipping fast lady! Nice!!

    I used to do track at night and agree, it was hard to fall asleep after. Now my schedule dictates that I do track in the early a.m. with friends. Not quite as structured as the old evening workouts w/ a coach, and I miss that.

    Like

  11. Sounds like an amazing running group! So nice to have pace setters. And keep up those fast miles lil Road Runner.

    I always sleep hard after a tough workout, but on my easy days it’s harder, lol. Reverse issue!

    Like

  12. Those sound like some gut busting track workouts McSpeedy!! As for me, I personally do my track-based workouts on Wednesday or Thursday. This way I have a couple good solid running days under my belt before I go and torture myself ha! You seem to be coming along nicely!! Still pain free?? 🙂

    Like

      • Brrrr it’s so cold today! Definitely time to rug up, sometimes there’s not many mntareity clothes that look great and feel comfortable. But we have designed comfy items that look amazing to rug up in this winter. Plus with a great discounts if you spend over $100, check out the winter warmies now!

        Like

  13. Sounds like a great workout and with the exception of swimming…if I workout after about 5-6, I’m up for a good part of the night! And your speeds never fail to inspire me!

    Like

      • In the grand scheme of things- yes I’d be considered a morning person…never was until I had kids though! And yes it does set my rhythm off. I find that my very best long runs are always first thing in the morning (like 5am-ish) though my body usually protests for the first 30 minutes of getting ready 🙂

        Like

  14. LOVE the first labeled picture on your blog:) Girl, I seriously love reading your times…you inspire me. That is so neat that you have that group to run with and that it is so organized. Wednesdays used to be my track work days!

    Like

  15. Wow, you are amazing!! I laughed out loud at the ice picture–I will secretly admit to jamming out to that song in the 90s. Oh, and just last week, too. 😉 Love your blog!! Keep up the inspiration!!

    Like

  16. I actually do track on Mondays – 6:30 pm after a 9-hr workday until 6 (yes it is a RUSH to get there on time). I arrive home starving and exhausted. I eat everything in sight, then pass out. But I’m a bad example – I can sleep standing up! I’m practically a narcoleptic!

    Like

  17. okay, totally outed as a girl who gets pre-hard workout nerves!! i actually really like to do my workouts first thing because waiting all day makes it worse for me, i can distract myself but in the back of my mind i feel that track workout taunting me. 😉 jk. but great job out there and HECK YEA i love having people to help pace. 😛

    Like

  18. Wow, Kris, you are super fast! I’m honored that you stopped by my blog!

    I don’t sleep well after evening workouts either, especially hard ones like that. I do everything (including track workouts when I’m able) in the early hours. I only run later if I’m able to run with the husband, which doesn’t happen very often.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s