JFK 50 Miler

Dec 9th, 2010 - Track - Lexington, MA - 5

Day 343 - Well, it was fun while it lasted. My break from training for a goal race came to a screeching halt/start last night at winter track with GLRR.

Boston training has officially started.

This was only the second session of track for me this "winter", but I already feel much stronger this year than last when I was just starting out.

EJ, Frank, the J boys, Fil, Mark, Glenn, Jim, Paul, The Murphy's, newcomer Lauren, and a couple of others were here tonight. Glenn and Jim did their own thing since they were heading to the XC Nationals this weekend in NC. The rest of us did the 800, 800, mile, 800, 800 workout.

Its been great seeing the double digit turnout at the Lexington "You've Got to Be" High "to be running on this" track this season. I actually don't think we could accommodate much more than 15 to 20 runners at once here. It's four lanes of eleven very short laps to a mile (see image below). Yeah, that would be 144 laps for a half-marathon, right EJ?

The good news is that the Garmin works really well inside this very wooden structure. The bad news is that this very wooden structure could collapse on us any day now. We just need it to hold out for at least six more weeks.

Track has been very, very good to me and those who take advantage of it. I cannot stress how vital and important it is to do a track workout at least once per week to maintain and improve your running ability, especially over the colder months. No hibernation for us.

EJ, Frank, and a couple of the J boys, including "Chuck", came along with me for the very fast ride. This was definitely one of the best track workouts that I've taken part in. We all took turns leading, pulling, and pushing each other around the track. I think we managed to lap Fil five times tonight. Can we check if that is a PR?

In the end, we all once again managed to break the one rule of track: Don't Race!

But damn, it was fun.

800 - 2:53
800 - 2:47
Mile - 5:51
800 - 2:38
800 - 2:37

(Image not drawn to scale or truth)

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