Today was two for Tuesday day. First, after school I met with the Hillview kids and did a workout. We started with two laps around the two schools. I was especially pleased with one of my girls. She has been coming only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Side note: New runners and those incapable of keeping up with the team are only permitted to come on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On these days we stay on or immediately around campus so that no one gets left behind somewhere. Anyway, this girl has been running REALLY slow. I have had to have a talk with her mom about her lack of effort. Suddenly last Thursday she completed the first lap (about .9 miles) in 9 minutes and the second lap in in 11. Her previous best was 11 and 15! Today she was ahead of me for the entire first lap and was ahead of several other girls. She finished both in about 19!! The other kids noticed and cheered her on!!
After the warm up we did 15 form drills and a half mile cool down: 4.5 miles total.
I wore a sweat shirt over my running shirt for the 2 pm afternoon workout. If it was cold enough for two layers at 2 pm. How cold would it be at 6? Answer: COLD!!! It was so cold that our group of 20-24 runners became 11! The temperature was about 40 and there was a 15-20 mph wind which I am sure made for a sub freezing apparent temperature. Miguel led each repeat. Sarah Bird was next, then Joel, Branden and myself. Sidnee, Dave, Leo, Brenda, Bev, and Clare were the other hearty (crazy?) souls out there. The workout was the “Figaro” workout. (Sing Figaro 3 times… then three two one, three two one, three two one)
I preprogrammed my Garmin with the workout and it enabled me to not have to spend the night focused on my watch. I started my warm up with a push of the start button. The watch recorded distance and waited for me to get into the repeats. When I pushed the lap button, it knew what to do. It timed 3 minutes and told me weather I was in the 5K pace zone or the mile pace zone. It beeped 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 at the end and I yelled TIME! It automatically switched to timing the 3 minute rest! beep, beep, beep, beep, beep and we were off on a 2 minute fast rep. All I had to do, the whole workout was listen and run!