Track Attack: The Ladder Workout

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It’s no secret running holds a special place in my heart. I’ve professed my love and the lessons it’s taught me over and over again.

Lately, I’ve ventured out to a new area of running that has always been intimidating to me.

The track.

Way back in grade school, I had a taste of track meets. Don’t ask me what events I ran…I think a relay and something else? I might of even won a few ribbons. But then again I went to a small catholic school so it didn’t take much to win anything.

My one and only memory of track in high school was watching a meet and seeing a friend pass out while running her event. I have no idea of what the distance was but it didn’t look fun. I mean, who wants to pass out while running?

During the past couple of years, I’ve dabbled in speed work on the track, never really sure of what I was doing. One lap is how far??

But this year, I want to get faster. I wan to be bold. I want to push myself to see what I can do.

I’m hitting the track.

And guess what?

I kind of like it.

I’ve found that it feels good to push and test my limits. Well…not necessarily while I’m in the middle of a 800 but afterwards. I feel strong. I feel confident. I’m finding that I am faster than I thought I was. I’m also realizing that I’ve been holding back way too much in my 5K races. I do have some speed in these stems. Who knew?

I’m by no means an expert on the track but I’m learning. I’m hoping I’ll only gain more and more knowledge as I get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

So far, my favorite track workouts have been ladders. They are super easy to remember. There’s no need to count laps and the pace stays the same. Plus, it’s fun to build up the distance and then come back down. The last 400 is tiring but in my head I think “It’s only a 400m!” Haha…the mind games runners play!

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Have a great day and enjoy your run!

37 comments on “Track Attack: The Ladder Workout

  1. I love the track! Ladder workouts are so challenging, but build great speed and strength. If you ever want to do a track workout with a group come to the Spaulding (Rochester) track Wednesdays at 6pm:) Great tips from the coach and a group to run with can be so helpful to push yourself at the track!
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    1. You should try it! It always seemed boring to me – running in an oval – but it’s quite fun to see what you can do. And it’s quick.

    1. I’m fortunate to have one within running distance to me. I’d love to join up with a few local running clubs who do track workouts in the evening but my work schedule doesn’t jive with the times.

  2. It’s been awhile since I did a true track workout but I used to love them (in a sadistic kind of way!!).
    I got in 5 miles this morning to celebrate the day – always a great day when it includes a good run!!
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    1. I hear ya! They are intimidating when you see the paces but once you are done it’s like you are riding a running high!

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