Do gut-wrenching dry heaves count as core strengthening?
OK, I'm exaggerating a bit but I was on the verge of puking a few times. I ended up at the Albany Middle School track this morning. My mission was to sprint the straights and walk the curves 8x's. I haven't figured out how to capture intervals on the Garmin so that's something else to throw on the need to learn pile.
I started out on the BART trail trying to re-set the Garmin, running and stopping and running then stopping again...it occurred to me " hey, this is a little like Fartlek"..such an absurd word, seriously..... I then came upon the track and decided to do the above workout.
I practiced running on the front and mid sole versus the heel and could tell i was moving faster, a couple of time I was paced at 6:30 ...perceived rate of exertion: oh. my. god. I'm gonna hurl. After wards, my legs were toast and I stretched for awhile before leaving. I dragged my sorry ass across the field and the basketball courts and hobbled across the street to start jogging home...a minute into the "run" i knew I'd be walking home. Note to self: drive to the track next time.
Truth be told yesterday's shitty swim was my motivation for track today. As hard as speed work is I have a clear advantage on land. I'd like to work closer with Coach Nancy (she was down a coach yesterday and had to stay on the beach watching us) regarding the swim, she gave me some good tips yesterday and I just need to relax more and not compare myself to others so much.
I heard about an open water swim coach through Forging Ahead. I contacted her yesterday about private lessons and she emailed me today. So stay tuned for a more positive swim posts in the not too too distant future as I figure out our schedule.