Marathon Training Day #10: Speedwork



Speedwork day. I was supposed to go to a track, but there’s snow covering my go-to speedwork place, Riverdale Park. There’s a brand new indoor track nearby, but it was pretty mild out, and I’ll take as many outdoor runs as I can right now. (I’ll get to the track soon, I know it.) And the track cost $8 to drop-in. Not bad, but not enough to make me head over when I got the a-okay to run a straight 400m section of road near my house.

Queen & Sackville to Queen & River. Repeat. Six times.

It was windy and I ran into the wind one direction and with the wind in the other. I bet you can guess which is which!

The work-out:
10 minute warm-up
6×400 sprints with 90 second breaks
10 minute cool-down

My splits:
1. 2:01
2. 1:52
3. 2:01
4. 1:51
5. 1:59
6. 1:47

I hate speedwork. Really hate it. I hate not having my full lung capacity and sprinting for no reason other than because I’m supposed to. Give me a ball to chase after instead. Ot at least a long run.

Biking, on the other hand, I’ll ride as fast as I can all day. Hence the new helmet. (Above. I had to make this picture relevant SOMEHOW!) Plus, I’d like to, you know, not die on my way to and from work every day.

Maybe, once this is all over, I should try a triathlon.

Let’s talk about that in 19 weeks.


One thought on “Marathon Training Day #10: Speedwork

  1. Nancy Francis says:

    Thanks for the tip on the track – haven’t sorted out how I’d do sprint work either than on a treadmill. I’m acutely aware of how much of an idiot I already look like when I’m running, I can’t imagine how much worse it would be as I got summersaulting down the street after try to sprint over ice 🙂

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