Track stars!

On Monday night my running club had put on an event at our local track. It was run by Jemma Simpson, who runs the 800 and 1500m, and had been to the Beijing Olympics, and was in association with Lornah Sports clothing.

Photo taken from the OH facebook page.

We started off with a talk and the some warm ups. We jogged around the track a few times, then did lots of dynamic warm ups, strange ways of walking. Jemma told us some moves that meant we would not need to lift weights in the gym, doing various lunges, calf raises and other things. At one point we were even laying on the floor, trying to touch our toes to our opposite arms.

I was not the best at the “leaping” warm up…

Then came the session- it was a 3-2-1 session, and I shall try to remember it correctly!

3 minutes at 10K pace.

2 minute recovery.

2 minutes at 5K pace.

1 minute recovery.

1 minute as fast  as you can.

3 minutes recovery.

We did that 3 times, and it was so tough! Especially because I set off way too fast for the 10K pace- it’s hard to judge. For each recovery we all regrouped, so that we started the next rep off all together. Jemma was running around with us encouraging us, and shouting “this is where the magic happens” in the final 1 minute sprints.

After we finished, we were shown a few pieces from the sportswear range (which is really gorgeous)- it’s a line by Lornah Kiplagat (she holds a few world records), who wanted sportswear that looked good, not all the pinks and fluorescent stuff you get generally. As her nickname was Simba, which is Swahili for lion, the logo is a lion, and lots of the clothes have things like lion emblems, animal print sections, or even the Kenyan National anthem words!

Then we did some stretches, were given some SOS rehydration packets and a bottle, and headed home. I didn’t get home until 9pm, so it was a late shower and a very late dinner, but it was just brilliant. Normally when I run with the club there are only a few of us there, but I think by the end there was probably about 30 of us. Some people did 2 reps, then sat at the side and cheered us each time we ran past. It was really different to our usual casual runs, but really enjoyable.

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I was so stiff the next day though- my legs ached more than they do after Body Pump! I had to miss the normal Tuesday run as it was Andy’s mum’s birthday, but that was a very good thing as my legs were so sore. I had a wonderful sunset run on Wednesday to try to get the aches out, which did help, but then I had hours of work to do, so I was almost back to square one. Hopefully it will all be gone by Saturday as I have a 10K race to run!

The only time I had been on a track before was for the Sports Relief 6 mile event that I did a couple of years ago. Our club leader said she was looking into possibly getting a regular slot, which would be great.

Do you run on the track?

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5 thoughts on “Track stars!

  1. Running on a track is definitely easier on the joints and feels wonderful. The only times I’ve been on a track have been during races that started and/or finished on one, but it felt as though I was running on pillows compared to the pounding of the road.

    I feel too uncomfortable and embarrassed to do track work on my own, but I can absolutely see the benefits of it in a group/running club setting.

    • You are so right, I didn’t think about it but it is springy.
      Yes, I would not do it on my own either but if they held more events I would go along again.

  2. How cool you had a famous athlete there to help! When you read the workout it doesn’t sound that hard – you think “3 mins? Pah! Easy!” but reality is much much different. I used to hate the track as it takes all the elements I love out of running (the freedom, the time to think, exploring a new place) and just focuses solely on what I detest, i.e. speed. However I’ve become more fond of it lately as our club has arranged more track time for us. Yes it’s painful, yes it’s solidly focused on just speed, but it’s strangely quite fun. You can really let loose and you feel good running fast on the bouncy surface (OK not “good” necessarily but better than the pavement). But I’d never go there on my own. I need someone to tell me what to do and to do it in a group as otherwise I’d give up and just go for a normal run!
    Sounds like a good session as well if you ached the next day!

    • It was quite fun, I think because we were all doing it together. I know that by myself I would not have done it at all- 3 minutes is so long when you are running too fast!

  3. This is really cool. When I first joined our club we had a couple of sessions where we had guest speakers on a club night. Once there was a guy who came to talk to us about, and show us gait analysis, and another time we had a nutritionist come in for a session. It was really interesting to talk about different areas of running for an evening and I hope they put on more sessions again soon.
    My new school has access to a track up the road and I keep meaning to find out if I am allowed to use it – perhaps after evening meetings when I don’t have enough time to get back to head off to club? Much easier on your body than road pounding. I’m not so sure that I would want anyone else to be watching when I was running on it though! :S

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