The track season is upon us. April has come in with some fine weather in the West, and cool weather in the Midwest and East. I always found that, in high school, I needed about 3-5 weeks of good racing, and then, I would begin to really get focused. My junior year was where I became competitive and learned to listen to my coach and my body. I worked hard and enjoyed the easy days with my team mates. PBs in the mile by a minute, and 2 miles by 90 seconds put me into the races.
So, I tried things. My junior PB was set in the mile by challenging the best miler in the area for 3 laps, taking the lead so many times he became flustered and walked off the track. I found myself in the lead, and was chased down by a two seniors. After that, I had some plans. After having finished last for so many races, I had some real fun getting into the thick of things. Yet, it would be five more years before I won my first race.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019-warm up, 50 minute run, 8 x 150m, core training, cooldown
Time for spikes, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts
Week 13, 2019 Track buildup-time to get serious, racing is almost here
Monday-warm up, 45 minutes moderate run, back to the track, 6 times 300 meter cut downs, easy jogs between, 150m stride outs, core work, cooldown
Tuesday-warm up, 20 minute tempo run, run at 30 second per mile above your 5k current race pace, 4 times 800m, 2 mile pace, 400m jog between, cooldown
Wednesday-warm up, 50 minute run, 8 x 150m, core training, cooldown
Thursday-warm up, 16 times 400m, mile pace, 200m jog, cooldown
Friday-warm up, 50 minute run, 8 x 150m, core training, cooldown
Saturday-warm up, Prime distance (1 race) and relay, if needed, cooldown
Sunday-warm up, 75 minutes, cooldown