Tuesday, May 30, 2006

12x400 Tracks (Tough!)

It was that day of the week when you go out on the tracks and you know you will be working hard. Actually, I was doing really good on the first 9 400m laps. My splits were 93, 93, 93, 93, 95, 95, 95, 97, 97. In the 9th lap, I felt tightness in my left hamstring. And in the 10th lap, right around the 300m mark, I just felt a cramp in that same hamstring come over me. I just had to get on to the grass and stop instantly. That was terrible -- I tried restarting, but could barely jog back to finish the last 100m. Talked to Tony, who said that I should go slow but still do the laps. Thanks to him, I did do so while taking much shorter steps. So, the 11th lap was done at a crawling speed of 115 seconds. I guess because this was so slow, I was feeling really good in the last lap, but my stupid hamstring was not letting me go fast. I finished the last lap in 105 seconds; while I should have done that in 95 seconds.

Dear readers, make no mistake. I am not a speed buff. The numbers above are not meant to take the enjoyment out of running. In fact, the track workout is my favorite workout. It allows me to push hard. I just hope now that the hamstring gets back to normal soon!


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