Breezy and stripes

4mi. When I pulled into the parking lot and saw our group gathering near the cars, I knew there was something new brewing. Apparently the work to paint the stripes on the track was happening today, and the Benjamin School hired a gal to sit in a car to make sure none of the Thursday morning crowd went on the surface. You’d think with a few Benjamin staffers and the run track’s benefactor in attendance that wouldn’t be necessary, but someone always knows better!

It was 56 degrees and a breeze from the north, I was chilly standing around waiting to start. I wore a long sleeved Under Armour top and shorts, I went back to my car to get gloves before we started. Paul arranged flashing lights in the parking lot, announcing beforehand we’d be running 800s and 400s. Erica and Lanae should have done a minimalist workout – I think they both pulled back to wisely save energy and not risk injury for the race they’re in this weekend.

1mi warmup
800m w/200m recovery
400m w/200m recovery
400m w/200m recovery
400m w/200m recovery
800m w/200m recovery
400m w/200m recovery
400m w/200m recovery
400m w/200m recovery
800m w/200m recovery

I ran the earlier intervals (first three) with Erica, or slightly off her shoulder behind her pace. The remaining ones I ran in the front 4 or 5 guys pack, getting faster with each 400. The final 800m John and Matt went at what was my last 400m pace – way too fast to catch. My legs felt used but not strained, it was nice to run in the cool temps. The sun was coming up, nice clouds, etc., and I left for the drive home with the heater in the seat on.

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