Thursday, February 19, 2009

Taking my medicine...

I "took my medicine" for the first time in a while at 6am yesterday morning. By "taking my medicine" I basically mean getting my ass kicked by some fast runners.

I met up with Dave Kloz and a couple of other fast dudes for a track workout. They all run for Team BSK and I will be lucky enough to be running with them this year too... so stoked! I have been wanting to run with these guys for a long time. Last year I was just too busy with all my Xterra focused training and then with my foot injury I just had to wait. So now that I am healthy it's time to run... with runners... not triathletes. I need to run with guys that are going make me hurt just trying to stay on their heels (which wasn't for very long on yesterday) and can drop me with ease. I think this is what I need to take my running to the next level. Plus these guys all have a lot of experience from running in the collegiate ranks so I know there is a lot I can learn.

The crew I was running with is preparing for the Carlsbad 5000 (I'm racing too) while also putting in plenty of miles for other local races. The workout was solid and left me in a coma in my office for the rest of the day. I definitely ran hard but not all out. I don't want to jump in too fast. Here's what went down:

1.5 mile warm-up to track
2 x 100m stride
1 x mile (5:16)
800m easy jog
4 mile tempo (23:03)
800m easy jog
8 x 100m strides/100m recovery (1 mile)
1.5 mile c/d

10.6 miles 1:11

We got all this in and I was still at my desk by 8am. I love morning workouts. I can never really go "hard" after a full day of work but can always dial it up first thing in the morning.

The rest of the day was spent trying to recover from the session. I did an easy swim at lunch that included a lot of pulling as my legs really didn't want to move. Once I got home from work I hit a quick core session in the garage and then me and the little monster headed El Caribe for some grub.

I can't wait to get back there next week for another dose!


Carolina John said...

wow, that's a great run workout. i love getitng in with others that had track scholarships, you can learn so much from them. it's also nice to get a little reminder that there's always a bigger fish. keeps you humble. just remember you're still pretty dang fast!@

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

sticking with those guys on the track will make you pretty damn FAST!
and those lululemon runs for sure too :P

Zippy said...

That's a killer workout. You always have one of the fastest run splits at any Xterra race; how much faster do you want to go?

Luke said...

sounds like a good group to keep you running fine tuned!! keep it up!

Shan said...

Sweet - the BSK team is filled with great people, glad you hooked up with them! Track workouts are really fun, and it's amazing how fast they goes by (yet how tired they leave you)...

Nice work!

Matt said...

Now you're getting serious. Looks like those guys know how to refuel/recover, too. Get it, dog!

FatDad said...

Yeah JW,
I miss the track....
Do you ever watch the workout videos on Flotrack? That will get a person geeked out on track workouts.