Sweaty striders.

July 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Posted in running | Leave a comment

My deodorant was working overtime last night.

It was HOT and HUMID as Team R2R gathered for its Tuesday Technical Run.

Coach Ali taped my ankle – I’ve been having a little pain, so I’m trying to nip it in the bud. Ali held her breath and tried not to pass out from my foot odor.

This kindly cop popped by to see if we needed any help. We told him we were a-ok.

The team jogged up to Engineer’s Gate, which is at East 90th Street and exactly 2 miles from where we depart at Columbus Circle. It also happens to be one of the only spots in Central Park where there’s an extended flat surface. Ali and Brian set up orange cones there to mark a distance of 100 meters, and the team was to sprint that distance 12 times with full recovery between each sprint. (This is the moment where I ecstatically remember that as a coach, I don’t have to do the workout!) In the interest of surviving the extreme weather, we cut the 12 sprints back to 8. (I did one just to test it out and I can affirm that we would have taken a group trip to the hospital if everyone had done 12.)

These sprints are called “striders” and are a short, quick run, starting out slow and increasing speed. The goal is to increase your leg turnover, maintain correct form and lengthen your stride.

It was actually a kind of fun workout (says the person who didn’t do it), though perhaps would have been better on a slightly less disgusting day.

What’s your favorite speed workout? Know any fun ones?

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