The Arvada Triathlon Club started track workouts for the summer and since I had to distribute uniform orders, I thought it would be a great first time to show up.
The group of around 15 runners was distributed into a marathon training group, half marathon training group, 5K/10K training group and a non-race oriented training group. I did the non-race oriented workout, but went on send offs with the 5K/10K folks.
The workout consisted of a 1200m warm-up and cool down with 8x200m run 200m jogs between each repetition. The total mileage would be 3.5 miles. I managed the 200’s between 47 and 50 seconds. It was not an impressive workout by any means, but considering I have not done any speed work in about a year and further do not have a good base for speed workouts, I was very pleased with myself.
As an added bonus, my wife decided to join me. It was fun to be at a workout together and maybe this could become a usual thing.
The last time I did group workouts was with the Arvada Running Club. That group usually consisted of 3-5 runners. They all trained together and scaled the effort by shooting for different splits and/or reducing the number of repetitions. I prefer that approach as the big incentive for me is getting used to running faster. I am OK with not finishing the workout and am not training for a specific race or distance. The structured approach used by the Arvada Triathlon Club is a little more formal than I would like, but it seems like a much better option for people who can attend consistently and have a goal race in mind.