A sprint workout - Wow, did I really do that?
Friday, May 24, 2013
The last time I did this much sprinting was in Junior High and I HATED it. I was getting short of breath very quickly and felt I could not breathe. In retrospect I would call it exercise-induced asthma, or maybe it was dairy-intolerance induced asthma, a result of consuming A1 milk. I don't know for sure, except today the coach at our track club asked everyone, including beginners like me, to do 10 repeats of 200 meters, half-way around the track with 200 meter walking breaks in between. The pace was supposed to be a little faster than our 5 K race pace goal, which for me is about a 10 minute mile. Never having done much sprinting nor having brought a watch I decided to go more by feel. I suspect I was finishing 200 meters in about 60-65 seconds instead of 1min.15sec. as would have been a 10 minute/mile pace.
Having the generous breaks in between actually made the sprinting fun. 200 m is just the length to get a good feel for the higher speed, the overall form (pumping arms, running tall, taking longer steps) but not long enough to be discouraging like 400 meters would probably be. So I managed to keep going and felt very accomplished at the end. On my own I would have thought I could only last for about 6 of these, but the coach knew better when he suggested what he did, but left it up to us if we did the whole workout. Overall a very encouraging experience. I suspect I'll have a few sore muscles tomorrow, LOL, but that's just a sign that they will be stronger in a few days.
I ended the practice with working on some high jumping, something that is mostly technique and gave me time for some rest in between.