Disclaimer: By doing my workouts and blogging it online here, I’m not seeking attention, nor am I an exhibitionist. I’m the type that follow-through my training much better if I put it in writing. I workout because I can and love doing so. So do not try to emulate my program, I bear no responsibility if you do so. I’m no role-model, not your papa, mama, or someone you can look-up to, nor am I’m a national athlete, I’m just a nobody. So just leave me be.
The above photo is of me in action today earlier doing my endurance workout. If I’m not wrong, it was my last set, and oh boy was I happy running the last lap at the fitness complex.
But first before I delve into my training today, let’s recap yesterday’s training side effect. Well all that power and explosiveness really worked my glutes. I woke up in the morning today feeling my ass slightly sore. But overall I’m fine.
Back to today’s training, well before jogging to my training location, I was hoping that the venue will be vacant, being that it was Republic Polytechnic Open House for the next three days, and there’s bound to be more than usual people around.
To my delight when I arrived, as usual the track circuit is void of any people. I prefer to do my workout out of the prying eyes of anyone. Of course I can’t really tell if anyone beyond my visual scope is observing me, but as long as I notice there’s no one around, I feel much better. If there is indeed people around, I’m not bothered of course, but I prefer the quietness when I train.
Well anyway after my dynamic warmup, I measured the distance from my starting line to add another 40m ahead of it, which will be the finishing line. Doing so, it would more or less make the lap a complete 400m, so that means my previous 10x400m workout here was actually short of 40m!
Workout of the Day
The first five sets of 10x400m was bearable. I focused on my running form, trying to correct my bad habits along the way, don’t swing down too much, run with pushing the hip forward, and make sure the knee flexion is not too wide apart.
When the sixth set ensues, oh boy, was I panting hard by the end of each run. My timing was dropping, and I was going faster, but I was just hoping to maintain that sort of form, and not give up.
As the thought of giving up enters your mind, I would usually remind myself the pain is just temporary, and think of my goal in hand. A keyword for me which works and related to my goal is WIN. I kept repeating the word, and mumbled to myself when I’m down and out, wanting to give up. Your keyword might be different based on your goal and expectation, so keep experimenting.
When I finished the last lap, it was really tempting to just lie down and rest, but don’t. Keep on moving, do active recovery, walk or jog, and some stretches. Such recovery goes a long way if you want to feel less sore the next day, and it adds up to preventing injuries, plus aid in faster removal of lactic acid, and such.
I was also reminded when I finished the training how I was able to do 75 seconds and faster previously when I was still sprinting competitively. Of course, I was much younger, still the timing today was close enough to my old best. This old geezer ain’t that bad after all eh.