Tonight was the first meeting of Spring FAST. That's Fun And Smart Training for those of you who may have forgotten. Don't forget again. There will be a pop quiz.
We had our run in the cemetery today, which is the typical location for Speedwork Tuesdays. (In contrast, the typical location for Hillwork Thursdays is the monstrous Glen Oak hill - but we'll get to that one on Thursday. Patience, dear readers.) Getting back to Speedwork Tuesday... We began our workout with a little over a mile warmup, jogging into the cemetery. Then things got interesting. Bekah, one of our coaches, then led us in a series of "dynamic movements" to further warm us up. There we were, about a dozen of us, in the cemetery, doing things in unison such as sideways running, high knees, butt-kickers, and zombie walks. (Zombie walks are so appropriate for the cemetery, don't you think?) We looked like we were all dancing in a big musical number. So naturally that's when I started singing "Everything's Coming Up Roses". Naturally.
Later, one of our coaches, Bekah, informed us all that she knows the Thriller dance, and demonstrated her superior mastery of the moves for us. Interesting. Perhaps everyone in FAST should learn the dance. I would be willing to capture a FAST group Thriller dance on video and share it with you all if there's enough interest. So... if you want to see Team FAST perform Thriller, post a comment. With enough peer pressure, I bet we can talk them all into it. hehehehehe...
On to the actual run: I got a bit of a break tonight, owing to the fact that this is a recovery week for me. So while others did 4 x 1 mile repeats, I only had to do 2 x 1 mi. I did them somewhere between 5k and 10k pace, with 2 minutes of rest between. Then I added on an extra shorter repeat just for the fun of it (and because I didn't want to stand around and get all cold while everyone else was still running). I believe my pace during the mile repeats was about 9:30-9:45-ish. Not too bad considering even the "flat" parts of the cemetery are hilly.
In other news.... Several of my FAST teammates and I have decided to run the Lincoln Memorial Half-Marathon this weekend. I was supposed to do a 14 mile training run on Saturday, so doing a half-marathon is basically just as good, so long as I don't try to race it hard. The race runs through Springfield, Illinois and passes some historic sites associated with Abe Lincoln, including his grave site. It's a race and a history lesson all rolled into one! This will be my first race since the Screaming Pumpkin last October - it will be good to pin on a race bib and a timing chip again. I can use this race to fine-tune my pre-race and race strategies. And the best part of all is that the finisher's medal is a GIANT PENNY! I'm a sucker for a cool medal.
Peace. Love. Train.