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Ring of Fire



Monday (1/24): 4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 2% Incline, 34:18, 8:35 Pace)

Tuesday (1/25): 6 Miles Hill (Treadmill, 6% Incline, 51:25, 8:35 Pace)

Running adds so much to my life and one of those aspects is the experience of something new. It can be a new running location or distance, but there is always something to make each run a totally different experience. This Saturday I will be getting a flood of something new when I compete in an indoor track event at a local university in the 3000M. The track is 200M making this 15 laps with a field of women who will mostly be much younger than me. Because I’m training for Boston, I have spent zero time on preparing for this event. I will be going into this with no other race or speedwork to gauge what the outcome will be. I assume that racing on an indoor track will also feel different. I’ve done past workouts on the track, but not competing against others. I expect that the blog post will be long for Saturday as every part of this race experience will be new to me. I can’t wait to try something new!

17 thoughts on “Ring of Fire

  1. GOod luck… I ran indoor track in HS and hated every step! cant wait to hear your thoughts! youll be great!

    • Thanks! I very much enjoy marathons so I’m betting this will be definite pain. I’m very interested to see if I can tolerate it. 🙂

  2. Have fun! It’ll be a very different experience. I’m sure you’ll dominate.

    Be sure both you and Rob keep track of your own laps, don’t rely on the race people. It’s easy to fudge especialy when the field of runners is large.

  3. Good luck! I’m excited to hear about your race!

  4. So, you run the whole 6 miles at 6% incline? that is a amazing! I rarely do incline on the TM and know that i need to work on that. You rock!

    • Yep! We live in a super flat area so it’s the easiest way to get some good hills in without driving somewhere. I plan to do more of it with the last 12 weeks until Boston and I hope it helps my strength.

  5. Oh good luck! I ran indoor during my HS and College days. Just a warning, the air is usually really dry, after indoor meets I would be left coughing for days. So it is going to feel quite different. But with the 200m track, the race is going to go by so quickly, and I agree with runblondie26, definitely have someone either on the infield or on the perimeter of the track counting your laps for you. Oh, I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to read all about it!

    • Thanks Molly! I will have him say the lap too before the split time, hopefully I can catch it all as I go by. Thanks for the air quality, I was warned about that by others and have seen people who did an indoor track meet hack up a lung the rest of the evening. Does running a humidifier the night post race help?

  6. Have fun! I ran indoor in HS and college too, I second what Molly says – afterwards you will be coughing for hours. But it won’t bother you while you are running! Indoor is fun, I actaully love going around the shorter track, it always seemed faster to me – crazy! I can’t wait to hear how you like it!

    • Oh yay, coughing for hours, this will be a new experience. Guess I better pack cough drops to soothe my throat? Drink some hot tea when I get home? Can’t wait to post about it all. 🙂

  7. Good luck!!!! I’ll be there to cheer you on 🙂

  8. How fun! Good luck! I can’t wait to read about your experience.

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