Tuesday Night – Track Session
When: 6.45pm (meet in reception)
What: Running form and speed work
Where: Manchester Regional Arena @ Sports City, Rowsley Street, off Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 3FF (website)
Entry to the track costs £2.30 with a Manchester Athletics membership card (available to members of network clubs, such as MFR, the card is free and just involves filling in a form at reception). For non-members the cost is £3.60 per session.
Lockers are available for £1 (refundable) and there are showers available too. If you have any further questions about Tuesday nights, please contact Thomas via firstname.lastname@example.org
We currently have four of our CiRF (Coaching in Running Fitness). These are Tom Blackburn, Steve Hatton, James Moles and Nina Barthel, we endeavour to have at least one of these people at each of our track sessions to share their expertise on running.
The Tuesday night track sessions are aimed at runners wishing to work on their speed and fitness for racing, and who would like advice on improving their running economy. Sessions consist of:
- Drills focussed on technique and strength
- Main session on the track
- Cool Down
- Stretches/core work
Each session is designed to work on a specific area of running fitness, with the particular focus of each training period dependent upon the goals of the majority of the runners, in the group in terms of racing distance (e.g. 10k up to marathon). This varies according to season.
Sessions may include shorter reps of 200m and 400m at faster paces, up to longer intervals of 1,600m or more at tempo pace. These are designed and co-ordinated by Thomas Blackburn our Training Support Officer.
Please note, parking restrictions are in place at SportCity from the 1st March. If you are driving to the track session be sure to park on the Regional Sports Arena car park through Gate 13 off of Rowsley St.
Spring Sessions 2017
Please find below the session outlines and leaders for the next few weeks:
|04/04/2017||12*400m i-pace with 400m recovery jog between laps||Thomas Blackburn and Steve Hatton|
|11/04/2017||12*2 mins i-pace with 1 min recovery jog||James Moles and Rachel Kenyon|
|18/04/2017||12*(400m i-pace, 100m sprint, 300m recovery jog)||Nina Barthel and Andrew Porter|
|25/04/2017||10* 3 mins i-pace with 90s recovery jog||Thomas Blackburn and Sarah Rickard|
|02/05/2017||8*800m i-pace with 400m recovery jog||Jono Guildford and Jane Fletcher|
|09/05/2017||6*5 minutes t-pace with 2 minutes recovery jog||Steve Hatton and Rachel Kenyon|
|16/05/2017||2 sets of 8*200m, 200m recovery jog with 5 minutes rest between sets||James Moles and James Fox|
|23/05/2017||Pyramid session, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min, 4 min, 5 min, 4 min, 3 min, 2 min, 1 min i-pace with half the time recovery jogs||Nina Barthel and Michael Goldie|
During our track sessions we work at three different paces: Threshold, Interval and Rep. The table below gives guidance on the time per lap you should be aiming to run at, based upon what your race pace is for a 10k.
If you are running at least 2 or 3 times a week and want to improve your times in races, our track sessions will be of benefit to you.
Tuesday Night Testimonials
Sarah: Doing a regular track session on a Tuesday has really helped me develop strength and speed in my running. I prefer longer distances such as half marathons and a weekly speed session has ensured I don’t fade and die in the second half of races. In addition I have also improved my running form through drills at track and therefore run more efficiently. Track changed my (running) life!
Angelo: I joined MFR to initially motivate me to run a little more and to make new friends. Over time I started to take running more seriously, so decided to take the plunge and go to my first track session. What a revelation! While I was by no means one of the fastest there, I learned a lot about running technique and also good warm-up / cool-down exercises which help avoid injury.
We typically start with a few laps warm-up followed by some drills which help us focus on technique like posture and good habits. Then after some lunges we start on the actual session, it varies depending on what the focus happens to be. So it could be reps of 1200m, or 400m or anything in-between. Once the session is over we cool-down and head inside for some core exercises. These again were useful to learn and it’s good to do them in your own time during the week, they really help.
One of the unexpected benefits I found was track helped me measure distance better, this has been really useful in races when I think “ah that’s to laps of track” so can push myself to sprint when needed! Sure, trying something new can make people nervous (I was!) however I quickly came to enjoy track as the sessions were bringing results and I was breaking PBs on a regular basis as my fitness and technique improved. There is definitely something for everyone to learn at track. Track isn’t easy – if it is then you’re probably doing it wrong! You’ll discover what ‘track legs’ are, but it’s worth it for the improvements you will see.