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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I promised I'd let you know how the Lakeland Runner's Club track workout went. The fellow in charge is so very positive and encouraging. He is just great. (And he does it totally for free, just because he wants people to run.) There were people I knew who welcomed me kindly. Showed me how to hang my towel on the chain link fence and where to put my water bottle.

That said, it was a very hard workout. The quarter mile (400 meters more exactly) track, of course, is quite flat, although totally unshaded. The "feels like" temperature was 100 degrees, with the sun beating down, so that is why it may have felt so hard for me.

I only did half the workout. At the half-way point, I cooled down and went home. But at least I did half.

What I did accomplish:
* quarter mile walk before everyone started
* first 200 meter was suppose to be a warm-up, but everyone was running so fast!
*800 meters at 5K race pace
*200 meters walk
*600 meters at 5K race pace
*200 meters walk
*400 meters at 5K race pace
*200 meter jog
*200 meters at 5K race pace
*200 meters jog
*walking cool down in the parking lot

I know I was the oldest person there as well as the slowest. I found myself frequently running faster than my target 5K pace because everyone was so speedy. I guess someone has to be last. And I truly enjoyed watching the strong ones lap me. Youth. Strength. Ease. Beautiful running.

I'm going to wait and talk to my Galloway Program Director about her ideas for my training for both 5Ks and half marathons. If I do decide to join this group regularly, I'll just have to adjust my thinking and my speed to benefit me.

I did a short, hard workout last eve, so today I went 10 miles in the air conditioning according to the elliptical trainer I used. It felt easy and very enjoyable!
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