Last Tuesday was the first day of the J&A track workouts. Being the first session, plus Spring Break, St. Patrick's Day, & SXSW, there weren't too many takers. About 13 people showed up. We started at Jack & Adam's Bicycles and jogged over to the Austin High Track. Coach Mixon lead us through drills, strides and then the main workout.
The drills included high knees, skipping, backwards skipping, cross-overs, and butt kicks. We then did 6 strides of approximately 80 meters each. The main workout consisted of 1600 meters at 5k pace with a 400 "rest" then an 800 at a faster pace with a 200 rest and then a 400 even faster. He wanted us to do 2-3 sets of this. Let's just say he had high expectations for this group who hadn't done a track workout in quite some time.
There was no timing involved and we ran in the third lane of the track. Mixon wanted us to concentrate on form and he gave us advice each time we passed him. We did six more strides at the end of the workout and then ran back to the shop. The whole time I was thinking, "I can't believe I used to do similar workouts (with timing) 4 days a week, plus a track meet on Saturdays!"
It was a hard workout, but I'm looking forward to today's. It's one of those things where you have to suck it up and just go. You're going to hurt a lot and be really tired the next day. But in the end, it will make you a better runner. It will also help you lose weight and give you hot legs, if that's what you're after.
What: Free run workouts with Coach Mixon
When: Tuesdays at 5:30PM
Where: Jack & Adam's Bicycles, 1210 Barton Springs RD & heading to a track or hill
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