I went to my first track workout of the summer season this week. Ugh, I forgot how hard running fast is! I was grateful, however, that it was just in the low 80s and mild humidity after work on Wednesday.
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Here are 5 essentials to bring to a track or hill repeat workout.
- A plan. Print it out, schedule it on your phone or your watch. But have an idea of what you’re going to do, and commit to it. It’s easy to talk yourself out of “some 800s” but it’s much hard to talk yourself out of “4 x 800 with 400 easy in between”. And when you’re tired, having it set takes the thinking out of the equation.
- A stopwatch/GPS watch. Pretty obvious. Long runs and easy runs you can sometimes do by feel or by tracking on your phone. But for track, you need/will want to know how fast you’re running every 200, or every lap. And it keeps you honest.
- Water. Faster pace in DC summers, particularly in the evening means more sweating. I can do 5-6 miles easy without a water bottle with me. Not true for track. You need to stay hydrated!
- Sunscreen. Tracks don’t have shade/trees. Wear sunscreen.
- Sunglasses/hat. Similar to above. The glare from bleachers, or running into the sun at dusk can be bad. It’s worth having sunglasses or a hat so you can stay focused on your pace.
What are you track workout essentials? Anyone have a favorite speed workout?