I got up at 8:30 am this morning to be told we would be leaving at 9:30 am to go to the track. Usually, if I had training in the morning, I would choose not to eat, but because I knew the track session would not start until at least 11 am, I ate a banana, a couple of eggs (for protein and they digest easily), some cashews and because I was peckish, a piece of dark chocolate to satisfy my cravings.
We ended up leaving at 9:50 am, and then we waited for Marilyn Okoro to arrive as she was running late. The ITV man who was a freelance documentary maker had come to get clips of Souleyman Bah (a parathlete with ambitions to make it to Tokyo 2020) training. After completing our warm up, we were told what the session was, should we choose to accept it:
- 200m, 400m, 600m, 800m, 600m, 400m, 200m with the possibility of a 300m at the end – all with 3 minutes recovery.
Each rep was to be run flat out.
It was one of the toughest track sessions I have ever done – especially after the first 600m. I felt like I was dying in the scorching Sun. My times were (in seconds): 30, 65, 105, 150, 118, 70, 30, 48.
In the last 200m, I really fought to not come last (as usual in a sprint for me) and managed (in my opinion) to just edge past Souleyman Bah, but because of some ambiguity whether I beat him or not, coach gave me the last rep of 300m. In the end, my legs were shaky, I felt dizzy – almost like I had a fever, but the pain quickly passed. Overall, despite the slower times I was achieving towards the end, I was satisfied with the amount of effort I put in.
We went to McDonald’s to eat, but I had already brought my own food with me (tuna salad), so I ate that instead because I was trying to save money and then we went out to the harbour to enjoy the scenery. Then we went back to the house to watch more of the Commonwealth Games and snack even more (because track sessions like today make everyone really hungry)!
I cooked dinner that evening which was chicken in a salsa-tomato sauce with pitta bread and boiled vegetables to go alongside.
After that, it was onto watching more of the Commonwealth Games and then I went into the cold pool outside as part of my recovery so that the water went at least halfway up my quadriceps (upper leg muscles).
See the whole track session down below:
How is your track training going into the Summer season?