On Tuesday night, the TNT coaches ran us through a circuit training session. This workout consisted of 10 x 400 meter intervals with a core strength exercise performed during the recovery phase. The first lap was a bit comical. I launched out of there with the gang following behind me. I was soon caught by a gentleman who was completely out of breath. He murmured, “WHAT are you doing?” I was puzzled. “You are going TOO fast,” he explained. “You’re making us look bad and he is going to kill us.” “Oh no,” I explained, “I am THE one who finished LAST on Saturday. You ALL are going to pass me soon.”
Moments later, I was passed, although only by half a dozen of the folks. I admit, I may have been a bit over zealous. I eased up a bit and I arrived at the recovery spot completely out of breath.
As soon as I arrived, I was rewarded with instructions to hold plank position for some painfully long period of time. Then, even before I was fully upright again, the pack was off and running again.
Wait, I thought, when do we get to recover? *Ah Ha* Maybe that was why the pack was trying to slow me down before.
I decided that it might be better to do the carrot approach, which comes highly recommended by my Big Sis. My “carrot”, or target pacer, was a young girl who is always just out of reach of me. She would be the girl that I would chase.
Chase is exactly what I did. In the process, I came to realize that I am NOT a rabbit (not Bugs, or even Presto). I chased, came in completely out of breath to discover the reward for my hard work.
My reward came in many forms including plank, bridge, push-ups, side-planks, these drop down things (that the football team did), more push-ups, more planks, and LOTS of pain. By the time we finished, it felt like a whole lot more than 3 miles (which included warm-up and cool-down). It was a good workout.
I left the track satisfied that I had given it my best, and drove to the nearest store to reward my body for a job well done. I selected a ready-made salad, mini pizza, and a bag of baby carrots.
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