The thought of counting out 40 laps on this track for 5 miles was just overwhelming--I just knew I would lose track around 23 and then not know where I was. So I googled track workouts and found this one:
10 x 400 with 400 rest intervals
I went ahead and assumed one lap around our track was 200 since 8 laps was a mile. (That's kinda correct, right?) So two laps would equal the 400 that the workout was calling for. I did the math for what time I should shoot for based loosely on my average 5K time. The directions were to find your 5K pace, divide by 4 and subtract 10 seconds. Basing on 26:00 for 5K, I came up with 1:56 for my time to complete the 400. I have run faster 5K's than 26, but haven't run one in almost a year so I thought I wouldn't make my goals too lofty. So this is what actually happened:
When I saw what my first lap was and I wasn't full out sprinting (which I wouldn't be able to maintain x's 10), I knew I could keep that pace. It was faster running than I do for a regular run, but not sprinting.
I have no idea if this is fast, slow or otherwise. I wonder what my 5K time should be based on this workout... I cannot be bothered to work to the math backward.
Pros to indoor track workout:
~went by fast--keeping track of splits and rest laps kept my mind occupied
~I wasn't bored so I didn't need music
~5 miles in 40 minutes--not too shabby!
~weaving around the walkers
~needing to clear my nose and not being able to...
~high fiving the mentally challenged adult EVERY time I passed him. I was down with it the first few times, but after about 20 laps, I was over it.
I do think our track is based on yards and not meters and this workout was in meters... does that matter? Did I still do 5 miles? Gah. This math is killing my head. I should ask a 5th grader.
Do you do track/speed workouts? Do you like them?
Is this fast or slow or average? I really have no idea.