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Return to Track Workouts!

Posted Jul 08 2014 2:39pm

This morning marked the start of operation: get my running speed back!

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My friend Sokphal and I took our standing Tuesday a.m. run date to the track. We ran the 1.75ish miles to get there, and once there, we decided to do a 2 mile workout. For 8 laps, we jogged the curves and ran hard on the straights. I love this track workout – it’s one I used to do in grad school at UNC on their baby blue track. It’s nice because you can chat on the curves, too, so it still feels like a fun social outing. :) We probably did about 7:30 min/miles on the straights and 9 on the curves? Felt good to pick up the pace!

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We ended up covering about 5.5 miles total, including the 2 mile track workout. Our splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:46
  • Mile 2: 7:57
  • Mile 3: 7:24 (!)
  • Mile 4: 8:54
  • Mile 5: 8:48
  • 0.5 mile nubbin: 8:22

We apparently picked it up again on the run home in that last half mile! Great splits – since I’ve been doing all.the.marathons this spring I’ve been doing longer, steady/comfortable pace runs week in and week out and it feels good to mix it up again. Hizzah!

And now, for some sweaty/half asleep workout photos! On this morning’s run I had the pleasure of testing out a pair of shorts and a tank from the Target® C9 activewear line.

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I’m a huge fan of Target® in general (essentially half of my wardrobe is from Target® – I may or may not have also bought this dress (love the back!) while I was at the store getting this workout gear), but I also really love their activewear, so I was excited when they reached out to me about this review! Back in 2005 after college when I was just getting more into running, I bought a TON of Target® workout clothes to get myself started and still have most of them to this day. Their stuff is super affordable, durable, and really cute, too. I also love their sports bras!

This morning I was rocking the Women’s Run Short with Knit Waistband in navy blue ($16.99) and the Women’s Sporty Layered Run Tank in navy blue/light pink ($22.99).

Target C9 activewear Please note the fluffy photobomber

I loved both items! The shorts are really comfortable and extremely lightweight – the wicking/quick dry material feels like soccer shorts or windbreaker material, and I like that they were short and fitted but not super duper short. There are built in briefs and a little pocket on the inner right front for keys. I also loved the wide, comfy waistband – not too tight but snug enough to stay on. And this is random, but I really like that the waistband tie is on the outside, not the inside like most shorts. Usually it leaves an awkward bump when it’s on the inside!

As for the tank, loved it too! Super cute and extremely comfy/functional – it kept me cool and dry for our track workout. I like that there is a built in sports bra, but that the rest of the tank was detached – that’s such a cute, popular look right now and it helps to keep you cooler, too. I also like that it was loose (but not billowy) and long. Perfect for summer.

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They have the tank and the shorts in all sorts of colors. I would totally buy both of these items with my own money – two big thumbs up. Cheap, cute, functional, and fit well! Win.

When I got home, I hit our apartment gym to stretch out and to do this 5-minute shoulder workout. It was great – try it yourself! Also, I realized the instructor is wearing the exact same outfit as me. She clearly has excellent taste with color combos. ;)

 

 

And now, coffee. Have a great day, friends!

Do you own any Target® C9 activewear?

Are you a track workout fan? What’s your favorite track workout?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

Return to Track Workouts! originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on July 8, 2014.

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