Last night was my first track session for the 2013 season. After a long day in a training course out at Microsoft (SCCM 2012 : Advanced Concepts and Administration), I joined Ben Moreau for a staple distance runner track session at ES Marks – Quarters. The session consists of 8 x 400m reps, with a 200m float in between. It’s constant running for 4.8km or 12 laps. Usually, this session kind of ends up becoming a race, especially if you do the same session up at Falls Creek over the New Year period…. bragging rights and all that at the Unofficial Australian Quarters Championships.
Do not let the image to the right fool you, ES Marks does not look that good at the moment. There is no grass in the middle, and there is a cyclone fence around the inside of lane one. That didn’t matter though, as Ben and I shared it around, taking two reps each (3 laps total) throughout. Ben told me that we ran 65-to-66-second 400m reps, with our floats in 38-seconds. We ran the last rep in 61-seconds, which was not too bad for us marathon boys in our opening track session. On the back of us was a young guy (15y.o.), Kurt, who got hung on through 4 laps, after passing 1500m in a near-PB. He then jumped in for the last 3 laps and tried again to hold on…. A glutton for punishment but it shows Kurts determination to get faster as an athlete.
Pre-session, the motivation wasn’t high, especially when I saw the construction at the track, and then with how long and taxing the day was, but I still ran very consistent reps, and I finished with a tidy 13:55. Can’t complain with that. Maybe by the time I run Zatopek:10, I will be back down running in the 13:30s for quarters.
Its been a long time since I’ve raced, 15th April to be precise, and a lot has changed over these six months. Everything is finally getting back in order, and I’m enjoying the running again and really pushing myself. This should be a good summer.