First Track Workout of the Spring 4/11/2014

This Thursday will be our first official track workout of the year, at 6:30 pm at Pine Banks park.

For those of you who are new to track workouts, the principal is simple, if you want to run faster you have to train faster.

Please don’t be intimidated, ideally you should be running at least 20 miles a week, but even this is not essential.  The only firm requirement is you want to get faster, and are coming with the intention of racing faster times.

Over the weeks you’ll hear me use terms like V02Max, Tempo, Repetition, Running Economy, but for now don’t worry about that, just show up.  The workouts are tailored to your speed and fitness level.  I promise I won’t ask you to do more than you’re ready for.


You should have a recent 5k or similar race distance time and know what your weekly mileage is.


If you’ve never come to a workout before please read my post from last year about track etiquette and terminology.


Here is the workout.

For those running the Boston Marathon, unless you’re already doing track workouts and know your limits, you’re only welcome for the warm up/warm down strides.

For later marathons, like VCM there is still some time to add some cautious speed.  They should be at least 4-6 weeks away.


We’ll all begin together with

  • Form drills, these serve two purposes active stretching and promoting good running economy.
  • Warm up 15 -20 minutes, this is slower than your regular pace, think very slow and easy.
  • 6X100 strides.

Then we’ll split into two groups:

For those who have been to our workouts before and are doing more than 20 miles per week.


  • 4X800 @ LT (60 sec recovery, 100m)
  • 4-6X400 @5K (200m recovery)
  • Cool down 15 minutes.


For those who are doing less than 20 miles per week or are new to track workouts.

  • 8X200 @ running negative splits
  • Cool down 15 min


Inspiration this week is courtesy of a little know American Indian runner named Billy Mills in 1964.

One Response to “First Track Workout of the Spring 4/11/2014”

  1. Jennifer Rapaport says:

    Great timing! I will be there doing the >20M/week workout for non-marathoners. See you then.