Intervals Workout: One Mile Repeats on the Track

Posted on Jan 24, 2009 under Training | 4 Comments

Wednesday, February 6, 2002
Workout: 1 mile warm-up, 2-200 meter strides, 6-1 mile repeats (at 6:32 pace), 1200 meter cooldown
Time: 6:22, 6:23, 6:24, 6:25, 6:18 Total: 38:16 (6:22 pace) weather: warm

Before the workout, I heard something about a meeting at the track and it was true. So I thought we were just going to have the meeting and maybe go over drills or have a light run since there would not be enough time to have a full workout. But Fernando told us about the meeting and then we would do intervals afterward. Even though I would have loved to have an easy workout today, it was the smart thing to do to still have a good hard run to get ready for the upcoming Track & Field season.

So we warmed by running some laps around on the track. Fernando went to talk to another coach while we were warming up, and after that, we ran a couple of strides and started our intervals just as he finished talking to the other coach. Even though these were one mile repeats, the pace wasn’t that fast, so I should have been able to run it at a pretty comfortable pace. But despite how easy the intervals may be, I still don’t like having to run so much when I know I will only be doing the mile and shorter distances during Track season. Anyways, I finished running the first interval at a reasonable time, but even though I shouldn’t have been, I was pretty tired.

Fernando wanted us to not look at our watch too often (so we woudn’t have to rely on it to learn the pace), so I only looked at my watch when he said we could. I did alright without looking at my watch, but was still tired after each interval. I hope (not really) we do these types of workouts more often so I will get used to this pace and feel comfortable running it. Fernando also said that the last two mile repeat intervals were supposed to build stamina, so we should run these as hard as possible. The fifth one I ran pretty well, going at the pattern of running a little slower after each lap. The last interval was faster, but it’s like a race, it’s like the kick right before the finish. We cooled down and finished the workout. It was a pretty successful workout. I went at a good, constant pace and I didn’t run with Ha which would usually throw off my rhythm and pace. I hope I keep it up and improve for the Track & Field season.

4 Responses to “Intervals Workout: One Mile Repeats on the Track”

  1. Anne Says:

    OK, the math thing is tricky — I thought it originally was to put the two numbers together, not addition.

    Anway, as I said before — thanks for stopping by and leaving a great comment. Are you still in the LA area? Lots of great trails up there. You’re smart to just focus on quality runs 4 days a week while you readjust to life as a runner again. Move too quickly in the mileage and, can we say INJURY?!

  2. pchieng Says:

    @Anne I currently live in SD, it’d be nice to find some trails over here to run. Doing laps around the park isn’t very scenic if you ask me.

    Because I only run during the week, this morning’s run was significantly easier than yesterday’s, and I think it’s just because I ran yesterday. It helps a lot to be consistent and run as often as possible. And yes, I have had my share of injuries, worst one: shin splints!

  3. lindsay Says:

    thanks for stopping by my blog! good luck with reebok, hope they contact you soon. i’m not going to lie, i was a little confused about your posts being a blast from the past, but i think i have it straightened out now. do you talk about your training as it is today too?

  4. pchieng Says:

    @lindsay The instructions for all my measurements are pretty crazy, I need some time to fill that stuff out. Thanks a lot though.

    LOL someone else actually emailed me about not noticing the dates either. It is pretty out of the ordinary. I just started running again, but nothing special about the runs that is worth talking about. Maybe once I finish posting about the past, I will be in good enough shape to have better runs (worthy of a blog post).


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