Track Tuesday: West Coast Edition

Track Tuesday: West Coast Edition

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First, Pasadena keeps their tracks on lockdown! I logged some mileage just running around the perimeter fencing before finally finding an open track.

Here’s the workout:

1 x 800m (400m recovery)  Goal: 3:10 Actual: 3:10
1 x 600m (400m recovery) Goal: 2:13 Actual: 2:14
1 x 400m (400m recovery) Goal: 1:29 Actual: 1:29
2 x 200m (200m recovery) Goal: 0:44 Actual: 0:43, 0:44
Cool Down

Takeaways:  After last week’s faster time trial, my goal paces are faster.  This workout was rough!!  Also, solo track is significantly harder…I missed my friends!

I found the cutest coffee shop…Lavender & Honey

Soy cafe au lait and peanut butter, banana, and honey toast.

Followed by pool time…

Lunch on the terrace.  Salads are a lot more fun with a side of frites!

I stalked the baby ducks through the garden again.  I’m kind of obsessed.

I checked out the local shopping scene.

Shopping and Boba…I’m so LA…ha! (Also, I’m wearing a fedora, because I still hadn’t showered.  In my defense, I did go for a swim.)

We’ve been staying at the Langham this week.  I thought you might want to see a few pics of the property.

For dinner, I had the yummiest butternut squash ravioli.

And of course, champagne…cheers!


Are you doing speed work this week?  Share!

Are you fast when you run with friends?  I felt like I had to work a lot harder to hit my splits during my solo track workout.

Rate your favorite from worst to best:  White wine, Red wine, Champagne.  Mine is White, Red, Champs!


Join the Conversation

  • gbena

    i don’t typically get to run with my girls during the week since i am at work by 7am so speed drills for me are on my treadmill :( yes i typically run faster when i am with friends because they are faster and it pushes me. i am a white wine girl, have never had red or champagne.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Fast friends definitely make us better runners!

  • Sarah @ SarahRuns26

    I did my speedwork on Monday. It was tough, but I loved it! I’d say red wine, white wine, then champagne.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      That’s an awesome way to start your week!

  • Melissa

    So beautiful there!!
    -I did my last speed work Sunday.
    -If I had to rate them i’d say Champagne. done. :) lol
    Looks like you are having a fabulous time!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I’m with you on the champagne!!

  • Gretchen Braun

    My speed work this week was a hill workout! It was super tough and my legs are definitely feeling it today. For wine, I’d go champagne, and white/red are tied! Depends what I’m eating or what I’m in the mood for :) I would always choose the bubbly (and rose) over all!!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Yes!! I should have included rose on the list. I especially love it in the summer!

  • Jill Aldred

    Fantastic post! You may be the first person ever to actually look GOOD in a fedora. Super cute! Sidebar – that ravioli looks delicious.
    I do almost all my running solo, which makes racing so fun because of all the other people!
    I love the idea of Champagne, but I usually stick with a sweet white, and will drink red if someone else has picked it out (useless at wine knowledge).

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I’m so impressed that you’re able to train solo. Race day is an awesome reward for your hard work!

  • Chelsy Cork

    I gratefully have the opportunity to run with a former track coach during my speed work. I definitely run faster with a buddy than solo. Looks like you’ve had a great time!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      That’s awesome that you get to run with a coach!!

  • Katie Wadley

    This week we did 4×100 strides then alternating 800×3 and 1600×2. My friend and I had to do the workout on Monday instead of with the Tuesday group and it’s a lot harder without the group, even with one buddy! Kudos for doing a track workout solo. Love your Cali pics :)

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Thanks so much!! Great job doing your track workout a day early!

  • AmandaM

    I’m not doing speed work this week. I would absolutely run slower on a track without my track friends! Great job for you. And thanks for letting us know which hotel – I will be going there one day!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      It was a really pretty hotel!!

  • Jennifer Bruce

    I’m doing speed work tomorrow! Either 400m repeats or attempting a tempo run for the first time. I’ve never run with friends or a group before but I think I may test it out. My wine rating would probably be the same as yours!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Tempo runs are always my toughest workouts. Good luck for whichever workout you choose!!!

  • Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    I have a fartlek workout to do tomorrow!
    I think running with friends can be a great boost!
    I would say- white, red, champs!
    Seriously living vicariously through your lovely pictures… I need a vacation badly!
    Have a great day!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I love fartlek workouts…have a great run!!!

  • Suzy Hutchins

    Your mileage is paying off. You are getting way faster, Jen! It’s cool to see!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you so much!!

  • Beth

    No track this week, thanks to a cut back for taper! But back at it again next week!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Enjoy your extra rest!!!

  • Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    Beautiful pics! No speedwork this week (thank goodness)! Champs, white, red although I would never turn down a glass of any variety 😉

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I’m an equal opportunity wine drinker, too!!

  • Amanda B @ Cupcakes and Miles

    I have speed work on the schedule for tomorrow, and I’m super excited for it. (*sarcasm*)

    I will be doing it with the training group I tested out last week, and yeah…running in a group definitely makes me faster.

  • Running ‘N’ Reading

    Yay! So glad you had such a fun time, Jen! I had a 3 mile tempo run to do this week; I cheated and got it done on the treadmill because I was so over the heat and humidity. I have trouble sticking to my goal pace when I run with friends; I do much better on my own, if I’m really trying to hit a certain pace goal. Um, worst to best: red wine, white wine, champagne!