I don’t know if I am laughing, tripping or crying from being tired in this picture but we will just pretend I am laughing with my eyes closed when my dad snapped the picture.
1. I have never worn mittens while running until today and I kind of loved them.
2. Before the run my legs were the color of snow but it was so cold outside this morning that they turned to the same color as my shirt (ps THIS is still my favorite shirt).
I had a very late start this morning and so by the time I could get out for my workout school had already started so I couldn’t use the high school track. Instead I went with my dad to the park where my dad always walks. Each time around is .43 mile so I just kept track of my distance with the garmin.
1 mile warm-up
6 x 800 meters (or .5 miles today)
400 meter (.25 miles) jogs in between each interval
2 mile cool-down
I like seeing improvements. I still have a long ways to go in terms of speed work if I want to get that sub 3 marathon but that is okay, I am ready to work.
Besides just working on speed work I am working really hard on my mental muscle! This ARTICLE is awesome if you are wanting to learn more about this:
My two favorite parts from the article. I really think you should read them.
“It’s not lactate levels in your blood or oxygen shortages in your muscles that force you to slow down, it’s how your brain interprets those signals. In other words, the effort of running is only as hard as your brain perceives it to be. Scientists have since demonstrated that seemingly absolute physical limits are imposed by the brain—not the body.”
“Until recently, coaches and sports scientists believed runners should be as fresh as possible for workouts—well fueled and fully hydrated with rested legs. Now elite athletes sometimes do the opposite: train on empty stomachs and tired legs to stimulate the adaptations that help them cope with the rigors of racing. We’re due for the same shift when it comes to the brain, Marcora believes: Fresher isn’t always better…… If your brain is fried after a stressful day at work or a sleepless night with a sick kid, don’t follow the usual advice and reschedule the hard workout you had planned. Instead, embrace the mental fog and hammer the run. Yes, your times will be slower than usual, and the adenosine levels in your brain will be sky-high. You will hate running, and life in general, and Sam Marcora in particular. But if, a few months later, those please-stop-now runs translate into a PR, you’ll forgive him.”
That’s some good stuff to think about during your next run:)
My sister’s kids have fall break right now so we are living it up with them today.
I think they are sick of smiling for the camera.
PLEASE try this combo before judging it. Make a grilled cheese sandwich and put jam on top of it. I thought it was the weirdest thing ever before I tried it and once I tried it I will never go back!
I made grilled chicken salads for me and the sister.
And now we are off to get hot chocolate since it is close to freezing here.
PS judging by Brooke’s hair I would say she had a rough nap (it was in a cute bun before she went down).
What did you wear for your workout today? Details please!
Current favorite salad dressing?
Are you a big hot chocolate drinker?
Who have you been with today?
-This will probably surprise you…. my family.