Track workout

Distance: 4 mi

Time: Speed work

Track workout tonight.  The weather was fantastic for mid July!  About 78 degrees and a nice breeze.  We did 2- 800m buddy runs and 2- 600m buddy runs at 5K pace and then 2- 400m buddy runs at mile pace.  I did ok I guess.  Not as fast on my 800s but probably more realistic.  I pushed my 400s and hit both of them in 1:30!  That’s a six minute mile pace and I pretty sure that if I actually tried to hold that pace for 3 more laps, I would detonate about 2 1/2 laps into it and they would have to call in life flight to save my saggy butt.  But hey… I guy’s gotta have goals… right?  If I could run 1 mile at a six minute pace I would probably take off my shoes and leave them in the middle of the track.  Yup… Just retire and walk away… nothing more to accomplish… except maybe 2 miles at a 6 minute pace…  or and 18 minute 5K… that would be cool…

…I gotta stop… I’m gonna hurt myself…

On a serious note, I have been reading about stretching before vs. after workouts.  I have always felt that if I stretch before a workout, I always seem to pull something, so I just never did it.  After reading these articles, I tried an experiment in stretching (yes, I was my own lab rat) and, sure enough, I tried stretching before several runs and felt terrible.  Crampy, almost like I had “pre” pulled a muscle and then the run would finish it off.  So then I tried no stretching before but stretching after… MUCH BETTER.  No pulls or twinges and the immediate stretch afterwards made me feel much better later!

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