One of my favorite parts of running is hitting the track for a speed workout. Some think I’m crazy for this, but I love the feeling of pushing myself as hard and fast as I can around the track. I’m always exhausted at the end of a track session, but I also get a rush that’s not usually matched by my other runs.
I stopped speed workouts even before starting physical therapy so I can’t even remember when my last trip up to the track was, but I started back up today. It was cold, dark and rainy when I pulled up to the track before 6 this morning, but I was excited to be there. I’ve only started adding speed workouts to my training in recent years and noticed huge gains when sticking to them regularly. Today’s track session came after three weeks of easy running, and will be my only speed session this week since I don’t want to do too much too soon. Next week I plan to start adding in a weekly tempo run as well to help pick up my pace and get back to where I was at…or even faster!
On tap for today was a 2 mile warm-up, 6 400 meter repeats with a 100 meter jog recovery and a 1.5 mile cool down. It wasn’t anything too hard or intense, but it felt great to be cranking up the pace again and pushing myself to new levels.
Do you like speed workouts or just endure them because you know they make you better? What’s the toughest track workout you’ve completed? Let me know in the comments!