Rachel, My track workout this morning was total garbage. I had 15 min warm-up followed by 4×1200 I pace with 4 min jogs and a 15 min cool down and let me tell you it was ugly. I can always hit my paces on shorter workouts like this (I do much better at the track than on a tempo run) but today I started slow… and got slower. I’m so frustrated. I felt like I was working really, really hard too. And,the conditions were perfect out there (55 degrees and cloudy, no wind) for a glorious workout. But instead, I sucked! I think part of my problem is mental but I also think that I need a cutback week. I’ve been at it pretty hard for the last few weeks and my legs are tired! Anyway, I finished up and then came home and treated my poor foot to an ice bath. OUCH.
Despite the total garbage of my performance, I have to say that this track is glorious. I have NO clue why it’s so empty in the mornings! It’s the track at the stadium at the jr. college across the street and it’s a nice, new all-weather surface with drinking fountains and steps for stair running. Seriously, I don’t get it. It’s totally empty!
Also, I have a serious case of Boston Envy going on right now. I’m so excited for everyone I know running next Monday but I’m also soooooo jealous and wish I was going too! I guess that it makes these crappy track workouts feel worth it– I’m making a deposit into the Bank of Boston and hopefully can make a big withdrawl in a few months to qualify.
Enough whining… I’m lucky to be healthy and have the time, energy and money to race. There are so many people who can’t and I have to remember not to take it for granted!