This year I haven't seen much improvement in how fast I run. It's just the way things happened. I didn't go that much to the track, I practically didn't run hills, and I logged a lot of miles by myself. And it's a fact that you need a solid combination of track, hills, and running with others to learn to run faster.
Mmmmmmm, I missed running fast. I missed being truly out of breath. I missed seeing progress and improvement. I missed that feeling where you don't know what it is you are running on - definitely not the strength of your legs or lungs because both whine so hard you just tune them out and definitely not willpower because every time you turn inward the inside voice screams "holy shit, I can't do this!".
So, I've been injecting track straight into my veins. It's exhillarating. And what's even more awesome is that it doesn't take that many trips to the track to get back in the groove of things.
Case in point: track this last Sunday. We did 8 sets of 200m fast (not racing) and 200m slow. My fast 200's went like this: 37, 37, 36, 37, 37, 37, 37, and 35 secs!!! Yes, the last one was 35 secs! And I consistently did 37 seconds - THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE when I'd be "getting back into it"! Usually, I'm right there - practically making out with the 40 sec 200m intervals. I'm impressed. And all this despite the fact that I was very fatigued and tired from all the biking/running/swimming/core exercise-ing/yoga-ing/weight lifting I did prior to this track meetup. I guess I didn't do enough to drain my legs of their "zing"!
And this is just the beginning!
To think of it, all this track goodness took place just yesterday. Today is just a three miler. That's all. A baby distance to baby my legs. But IT IS SO HOT OUTSIDE. Weather.com says it's 81 degrees with 65% humidity outside which feels like 83 degrees. I think weather.com is full of it. It feels like it's a 100 badgillion degrees outside. But it's a three miler, so I'll survive.
Plus, I ran 8 miles on Friday in such conditions. I'm made of rock. Bring it on.