Yesterday’s workout called for some speed. I had 4 x 1 mile (I averaged a 6:45 pace for those) and a 3 minute recovery jog after each one. There are three things that I do during my recoveries after a speed interval. I do them as I jog (even though in the pictures I am standing still while doing them).
I do these three things when it comes time to recover after an interval:
1. Readjust= After a speed interval there is always something I need to readjust. It could be my sunglasses, my ponytail, a bobbi pin that is digging into my scalp, my headphones, my music, my shorts, my fuel belt, my garmin etc. I take a second to get everything in place again so that I am ready to go hard again.
2. Refocus= During these recoveries I take a minute or so to refocus again. I think about the upcoming interval (just the next one… I get overwhelmed thinking about doing any more than 1 at a time) and what my goal is for the next interval. I try to think of some ways to make the next interval even better than the previous one—> improve my cadence, think more positively, work on my arm swing, hill form etc. I think about my upcoming goals (ST. GEORGE MARATHON) and chase after it.
3. Realign= This one is huge for me. I tend to start slouching and rounding my back as I get more and more tired during a speed interval. I love taking a second during the recovery to raise my hands above my head, interlace my fingers and stretch UP in order to realign my spine. It helps me to fix my form and feel nice and tall again for my next interval!
What the whole workout looked like:
Try to think about this quote during your next speed workout:
And just a few things from our world the last few days:
-Brooke practiced all of her killer gymnastics moves the other night for a solid 2 hours.
-I partook in the best way to ever spend $8—> salmon salad from Shoga.
-School starts in just a few more weeks and so Brooke requests to wear her backpack everywhere that we go in order to prepare.
-I am extremely intrigued by the Sour Patch Watermelon slurpee… has anyone tried it? Thoughts?
-Made this for my afternoon snack yesterday (added some almond butter) and it was delicious. Just a little hot oatmeal when it is 90 degrees outside… totally normal.
-Running trails where I rarely have to see any cars or deal with crossing any streets—> I love you dearly.
*****JUST A FEW HOURS LEFT TO BUY YOUR HUNGRY RUNNER GIRL SHIRTS!!!!!
What was the last speed/tempo/interval workout that you did? How did it go?
Do you eat oatmeal during the summer or am I just crazy?
Does your area have some nice paved running/bike trails?
What kind of mood are you in today?