Greetings from Minnesota. It was a roller coaster of weather today; pouring rain and wind this morning that tapered off into clouds and finally a hot and sunny 80 degree afternoon.
It wasn’t during this morning’s rain that I had a date with the track. Though the rain may have been a welcome change from the hot and humid morning I actually did go. 🙂
Last Friday morning I was determined to get up early, beat the heat, and do some repeats at the local track. Now as the road goes, it’s definitely over 3 miles (maybe closer to 4) to the track from my house. If I take a different road and then part of the bike path, the “scenic route” if you will, then I can get there in just under 2.5 miles.
I feel like that’s a nice distance for a warm-up and cool-down, plus I love the paths on this route, so I ran to the track at an easy pace.
Once I arrived, I was already dripping with sweat. So much for “easy” warmup. I hadn’t brought any water or food because I felt like the morning air was somewhat cool when I started out. Plus, I wasn’t going that far.
I had to navigate around to find which gates were open, and I did a very slow jog to fully catch my breath before I started some repeats.
I suppose I ran slower than I thought and started out a little later than I intended because I was already behind schedule before I even started my track work.
I had planned on running some 800s or maybe a pyramid, but with the heat and my lack of water I decided doing as many 400s as I had time for was my best option.
After the first 400, all I could think was water. I felt slow and thirsty, and then I spotted this lovely sight.
Thanks God for helping me spot it!
I had a brief moment of wondering whether the water might also contain lawn chemicals a’la this post from Hyperbole and a Half, but I decided not to worry. 😉
As I cupped my hands to drink the glorious water, I decided next time I’ll at least remember a water bottle.
I ran several more 400s, finishing with the fastest at 97 seconds. It’s a little disheartening to realize I thought a mid-70’s 400 was slow back in high school.
Honestly though, I’m not a sprinter anymore, and I’m happy I finally hit the track for the first time in way too long!
This run was on July 1, so it didn’t help bolster my June total.
I hesitate to share, but I ran a total of 31.5 miles in June. Guess that just means I’ll have an easy time doubling mileage in July, right?
Is the heat or busy summer schedules also cutting into your mileage lately?