January and February are the months when my running club heads indoors to a local track for workouts. I like running with a group and I hope I can attend a few workouts before we head back outdoors.
Tonight was my first night back with the group in a very long time and it was good to be back. Since we were indoors, I had to dig out my OLD watch instead of my garmin!
Good old trusty Timex watch with no paces, no distance measured, just the time, stopwatch and a lap button.
I had no idea what was planned for a workout and of course I was a bit nervous. Thankfully not only was my run club coach there when I arrived, but I just happened to run into my old college track coach. I spent time catching up with both coaches and they really helped me to relax not only about the workout but also about my future running and racing with my current knee problems.
After a quick, although boring workout due to the track being only 200m, it was time to start the workout.
4x800m at Tempo pace (7:00 pace)
3:35 - First one done! That wasn't so bad.
3:31 - Legs are feeling good, but that was not easy.
3:30 - Hold on, Just hold on!
3:25 - Too fast. But I am done!
Running with my old watch actually wasn't that bad. Relying on my body to know and hold the pace was a fun change. I have gotten used to the lap button on my garmin so I had a little trouble reverting back to my old watch but it still worked.
It felt so good to run on a track, instead of a treadmill or outside in the dark. And it was nice to have some company for the workout. Overall, I think this is a great start - still trying to figure out what to train for though.
And now time to stretch and ice! (My old college coach really re-enforced the fact that I need to do that tonight and he is usually right)
Do you run with a garmin all the time? Or do you have an older, not so technical watch?