The track is back, baby! The weather is showing signs of improvement and the Nike Run Club is back at the inconic Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island for our weekly Track Night workout. It’s nothing short of amazing… 75 runners, the lights on the track, music blasting over the sound system, high fives after each interval, and watermelon at the finish.
Last night’s workout was a warm up with track drills and then 25 x 200’s. We alternated mile pace and 5K pace. When I saw Coach’s post about the workout beforehand, I was slightly terrified. 25 repeats? Was he kidding? He was not kidding as it turned out. In fact, he was very serious. We all looked at each other nervously beforehand wondering where on earth we were going to find the where with all to complete the workout. Nervous as I was, I channeled my inner Sanya Richards-Ross (I know she runs 400’s… semantics), and put one foot in front of the other. It wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it would be. I’m not saying that I think I could have run with a faster pace group, because that would have ended badly, but I was able to stick with my pace group and complete the workout. At the end, it felt like a pretty big accomplishment.
At the end of the workout, when Coach was giving us his words of wisdom he said a few things of note. First, he said that the things that we fear because we aren’t good at them, are our biggest opportunities. The things we are the worst at have the most room for improvement and are therefore the easiest areas to improve on. He also said that we never know what we are capable of until we show up and give it a go. And lastly he said that every time we come out, all he asks is that we give it our very best effort. We don’t have to be the fastest person on the track, we just have to give it our best. I thought those were three really good reminders.
Tonight I am resting. My mom is in town and we’re going out to dinner 🙂 Tomorrow is another speed work night, so more on that to come!
Here are the happy runners in front of the Icahn bleachers!