I was a little nervous going to practice yesterday as I had planned out my interval times. I was surprised when my coach told us to scale back on the 400s this week because we were inside. Let me explain - the indoor track at my school (and probably at any other school too) is not as soft or "cushiony" as the one outdoors and so we are prone to getting shin splits or other injuries by running on it too much. Also since there is a curve every 50m we run on the outside lanes (to avoid injury) aka we run MORE.
Abby and I went first and were running in lane 4 so we found the staggered start. It had to be like 30 meters from the original start line. We ran our first 400m in 85 seconds and I was happy with that - not too fast and not too slow. I hand off the baton to Lauren - the freshman, she in turn hands off to Allison.
Allison comes around on her final lap and hands off to Abby (since I ran with the baton first) and I am running on the outside of lane 4. We are going much faster than the previous 400m and when we reach the finish I look at my watch - 88 seconds! So we ran slower? Uhhh I don't think so!!
The third 400m - I am running on the outside of lane 4 - we run it in 90 seconds but it feels faster than the previous run. In my head I am thinking - WHAT IS GOING ON!!!
So for the 4th one Abby and I get the baton and walk to the staggered start line and run the 400m. I look at my watch at the finish - 76 SECONDS!! I almost died on that one - we were going sooo fast and I was once again on the outside of lane 4, closer to lane 5!
For the 5th and final 400m we run from the original start line and the time is 90 seconds and I was DEAD. My arms/shoulders are screaming at me after just 100m and my legs do not want to move.
Abby and I walked 3 laps around the track for cool down - We determined that 3 out of the 5 intervals we ran HAD to be more than 400m. I was guessing about 30 meters extra. This morning I found THIS WEBSITE about track lane distances and how to calculate them. Apparently we ran 423.5 meters instead of 400...so that pretty much explains everything. I was ready for bed at about 7pm last night since I was so exhausted.
I now appreciate running on the outdoor track so much more and will miss it for the next 4 months : (
This is finals week at school so the girls are working out this morning while I am at work - the "feels like" temp today isn't supposed to get above 34 degrees so I haven't decided what I will be doing for a workout or where I will be doing it.