Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Making a Track Clinic Part of My Training

I can't believe I haven't said much about it on my blog yet, but I've been trying something new since I got back from Chicago.

I joined a distance track clinic at MTSU (also my alma mater).  For $75, we get a weekly clinic and workout with the distance coach for nine weeks, a long-sleeve tech shirt and the freedom to get advice from the coach at any time.  I also got an awesome discount on some running shoes through the coach's connections.

It's been really fun the past 5 sessions.  I try to do some speedwork as part of my marathon training anyways, and it's super awesome to get to go do it with other people and a coach!  It's also been bringing back high school memories since I haven't done much running on a track since those days!

I can't say that the information has been new.  I have been into distance running for a while and read a ton about it on my own, but it's always nice to hear what a distance coach thinks about all of the information that's out there.  Last night, he shared a ton of great info on core exercises, and I left feeling inspired to try to do a better job of working on my core.

The biggest advantage I've found so far is that I push myself harder when I'm out there on the track running with other people... and with someone watching.  Last week we did 6x800, and I ran all of them with a 8:00 pace.  That's kind of fast for me.  Last night, he had us do 20 minutes at tempo, so I ran about a 9:00 pace.  Then he wanted us to run a hard mile, and I ran mine in 7:20.  DANG!

I think it's been helping me to improve a bit on my speed, and I can't complain about that.  I hope that I can continue to stay on top of doing these kinds of workouts even after the clinic is over.

I share all this to say that if something like this is ever offered in your area, I would definitely suggest taking advantage of it!  I think everyone gets different things out of such a clinic, but I know that I'm finding it to be a really great part of my marathon training.  I guess a big part of it is that it helps me to make sure I don't blow off my speed work - I paid for the clinic, so you better believe I'm not going to skip it!


Running and living said...

Great! I think track workouts are awesome in terms of helping with speed. Plus, nothing like company at the track, to get the competitive spirit out!

Marathon Maritza said...

I've always wanted to do a track clinic class or series!! Awesome! I'll have to definitely do some research and find one next year.

P.S. 7:20??? DANG is right!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I did a clinic like that this last summer. It was Wednesday mornings at 6:00 am and the owner of the local running store led the workouts!

I LOVED it. I ran harder with other people around and I got some great advice from the coach. I can't wait to do it again next summer!!

Sharon said...

Wow, girl! A 7:20 - can I say AMAZING?!!!

I definitely agree that working out with a group pushes one beyond their comfort level. It just goes to show how much we are really capable of after all :) And what a great price - $75 for nine weeks?! Holy cow, that is a bargain!

Keep up the great work & have fun :)

Nicole said...

I'm so jealous! I wish i could do something like this! Great job on your runs-- your speeedy!!!

KBam said...

You're inspiring me to look for track workouts... Thanks! I've just joined a Meetup group for training runs with a pace group, maybe someone there will be able to point me in the right direction. I'd love to work on my speed but I can never motivate myself to do it alone.