My usual Tuesday routine is to get up at 4:40am and go to the gym to run my interval workout on the treadmill.
This week I decided to would start attending my running team's Tuesday evening practices, currently held at the 200m indoor track at the college I graduated from. It was a great decision because I had three girls to run my workout with! We started with a warm up and then went into this workout -
1x800m at 1/2 MP with 2 min recovery
4x1200m at threshold pace with surge of 400m(to interval pace) in the middle, with 4 min recovery
4x100m strides/100m jog
800m at 8:00min pace - Is this really my half pace? This feels slow.
1200m (5:18) - Well that wasn't that bad, that surge in the middle may have been too fast.
1200m (5:32) - Ok that one was all over the place.
1200m (5:28) - That's better, more consistent but this pace still doesn't feel that hard.
1200m (5:28) - FINALLY got the pacing right and consistent and we are done!
Even though the paces felt slower, I think I did the workout correctly because it was supposed to be at threshold pace. I wasn't supposed to run the 1200m all out at interval pace. Sometimes following the plan exactly may not feel right but I think it proves to have more benefits.
The workout was over before I knew it and I didn't even feel like I had run 5.5 miles. It felt so much different to be on the track instead of the treadmill. Usually I just type in the pace and go and the treadmill says "Run this pace or fall off"; yesterday I really had to focus on pacing. I may have to make this part of my regular routine! Its a tough decision though - I love running in the mornings but I also love running with a group!
How do you handle switching from the treadmill to the track??