Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Track Tuesday

I decided to bring back the Tuesday track workout this week!

For June, it was super cold this morning (about 49F!) and my little legs were freezing in my shorts!  I ran a mile for warm up and then started on 800m repeats.


The plan was for 4x800m at a consistent pace with 3 minutes rest.  I ran a similar workout last year while on vacation in Florida before the Boilermaker 15k which I looked back at last night.  In my notes I had written that I had rested 5 minutes in between each 800m and completed the workout in these times: 3:21, 3:10, 3;10, 3:14.


The first 800m was hard because even though I warmed up; my legs were still a little cold.  Each 800m felt good, it just felt right to be out there early on the track, running alone!  I was really surprised by how consistent my times were -

4x800m: 3:09, 3:09, 3:09, 3:11

Since my little lung fiasco in the last race, I have really been trying to breathe differently.  Apparently I have been breathing all wrong in the past!   The one thing I do know for now is that once I start focusing on my breathing, my arms stop moving!  Its like I can't do two things at once while running!  I am not sure if I was breathing too much with my chest but now I have been actively trying to breathe with my belly and diaphragm - Brian even made me lie down on the floor and practice the last two nights after dinner!!  Hopefully this will help!  And here is a little "how to" on how to breath!!

Post Workout - My own attempt at taking
a picture of myself like Marlene and Tonia.

Happy Tuesday!

20 comments:

Aneta said...

good job on the track 800s.
i just recently found a track by my house and am going to try it out!

X-Country2 said...

What a beautiful sunrise! Great pace too. not a bad way to spend a morning. :o)

marathonmaiden said...

wow i bet that temp must have felt freezing. it's been dipping into the low 50s overnight and i'm actually getting cold hah!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I think it's so sweet/cute that Brian had you practice breathing. :) Hopefully you notice an improvement.

Way to go on the track work out! Those splits are great!

misszippy said...

Great splits--big improvement over last year!

aron said...

AWESOME job!!!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Oh the self portrait, so many times to get it right.

This makes me laugh because when I focus on my breathing I SLOW WAY down.. Like I cant breath and run fast. I HOPE you figure it out speedy girl. That is a cool looking track

Molly said...

Glad to hear you figured out it was a breathing issue...hope it all works out!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Ahhh the track. I have such a love/hate relationship with it! I'm heading there for my first track workout of marathon training tomorrow. Just going to start with 400's though!

Question: Do you jog while you're resting? I wonder if I'm taking too short of rests. I usually rest 30-45 seconds between 400s and 60-90 seconds between 800's and up. I feel like I'd cool down in five minutes but I really have NO idea?

Marlene said...

Awesome track workout! Nice speedy 800s. I love the cold. :)

Keep working on that breathing and hopefully it will be second nature before long.

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Great job on the self portrait! And on the speedwork!! I am jealous of your cold temps!!!

ajh said...

I have tried these self portraits and usually hate them and delete them. I do okay with the timer. You did great!

teacherwoman said...

Nice job on the 800s! :)

Amy said...

Nice work on the 800s! Glad you got the breathing thing figured out!!

Jamie said...

Great job on the speed workout! Way to be consistent!

onelittletrigirl said...

I have been MUCH enjoying the spring-like weather!

The Happy Runner said...

Nice job on those 800s! These have been chilly mornings this week, huh? Yikes!

gmontalvo13 said...

wow on the weather! where are you? sounds like heaven to me, try running in texas heat + humidity! not a good combination.

runnernic.com said...

great way to spend the morninng!!! love the sunrise pic!!! nice track workout too!

Glenn Jones said...

You know J - there's nohing wrong with slowing down and concentrating on the breathing issues. In fact, if you read most books (I'm reading Chi Running at the moment), they tell you to concentrate on one thing at a time until you get it right.