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Last month, I went on my first Track running session with my running club Red Rose Road Runners. I was really looking forward to to it and I have always thought that I am a better sprinter than long distance runner and sprinting over shorter distances is something that I tend to enjoy more.
To be honest before the session started, I kind of already knew what to expect. Our running coach Pita also coaches some interval sessions in the summer and she always works us really hard, constantly motivating us and encouraging us to do our best with some amazing help from her assistant Mark. From my experience with the interval training I already knew that it was going to be a hard session and very tiring.
The sessions run weekly on Tuesdays starting at 8pm and lasts for approximately 1 hour. I made my way down to the session with a few of my teammates and we were the first ones there. The others then began to arrive and it was time to get started.
The first thing we did was a warm up of running around the track twice which is 400 metres long. Then it was time for stretches. The stretches were an indication of what was to come as we were already doing planks and everyone in the group tends to find planks painful and hard work. At the time they are incredibly painful and a lot of hard work but at the same time they do strengthen the abdominal muscles a lot. My abdominals were still in pain a few days later but I guess that is a good sign and it shows that I must have worked hard.
After the stretches it was time for the sprints. The group was divided into two and each group had it in turns to run as fast as they could along the track in 20 seconds. This was repeated 10 times. After the first couple of sprints, I decided to alternate the pace a little to reserve a bit of energy.
The session always end with a timed mile where each member runs a mile and measures their times against previous weeks. This involves running around the track 4 times. My time for this week was just over 9 minutes. I was really happy with that considering that we had just done the sprints too.
At the time it felt incredibly tough but looking back now those are the types of challenges that I relish because it proves to me that I can do difficult challenges and achieve things that at the time seemed impossible.
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