I've seen Christie post about her runs with Ewan before and admit I was eager to join. I have been a runner in the past, key word past, and have been dabbling in it lately with no consistency. I now laugh when thinking about the events of yesterday but I'm not sure I was laughing then.
I picked Christie up at her swanky pad with Ewan our speed coach, our head to toe Lululemon made us look ready for just about anything. I only realized as I began to run, awkwardly lugging my 1L water bottle, that at home I have a legit running water belt. Oh well. The heat is hot and I begin to sweat immediately. Nothing like running to the run. We run into Kristen Seon from Lululemon on the way who I want to add was tearing up the pavement running from one job to the next, it was very motivating. We get to Riverdale Track and Ewan begins to lay down the law.
We're doing sets of 200m, 600m, 200m Rest. Repeat 4 times. Ideally, the pace you set on your 200 is the same pace you should be achieving on your 600 (200 pace x 3). Ewan is sure to track the pace of our 600m in a delicate chart engraved into the track dust. This is very motivating and equally intimidating.
The first 200 ! We take off. I feel good. I am breathing. I am running. I am also eating Ewan and Christie's dust but that's ok. I keep going. I come in last. I wish I hadn't but I'll try harder next time. The 400! We take off. I feel okay. I am breathing heavily. I am running to the best of my knowledge. I'm eating dust only until I fall far enough behind it's missing me. I definitely come in last. I don't care. I am so happy I made it ! Now for the next 200. I'm not sure why this 200 follows the 600. It seems like nothing but a sick joke. Pure unsolicited torture. My memory of this one is vague. I think I motioned for my brain to actually talk myself through a couple of vinyasa's (yoga flows) mentally to provide some comfort and some ability to see the end in sight.
This was indeed, one of the four sets. It's funny where your brain goes in challenges like this. You smile and you say things like, "Okay awesome. I can do this". Your mind, however, is saying, "I can't do this. Will they notice if I expel my last spurt of energy running the other direction away from them and into a bush somewhere where I can surrender into starfish or fetal and reclaim my limbs!?". Oh, daydream ends, Ewan lines us up at the starting line and we're off again. The whole time I am running I can't believe what's happening. Somehow I make it through another set. I can't help but think it's seeing Ewan cheer me on at the finish line, which seems like the duration of my run. I think he finishes the moment after he starts. I blink and he's gone.
Truth. Third set I sat out. My groin was displaced, my breath along with it and my menstrual cramps where in rage. Really, I was a beginner speed trainer who needed a break and I took it. Ewan tried to sneak me into a solo 200m. I retracted into my shell.
I am happy to report I rejoined for the fourth set, tied with my previous 600m time, still came in third but I am SO proud of myself, and for Christie as she has improved her stamina and time after a couple of week with Ewan. Ewan, thank you so much for this great training session. I am both ecstatic and dreading next Monday when we do it all again.
Give this workout a try and let me know how you feel !
Four sets of 200m – 600m – 200m
30 seconds rest between reps
3 minutes rest between sets.
Don't forget to warm up and cool down !