I think I’ve told you this a trillion times but I prefer running medium/hard for longer distances WAY over running heart bursting/legs falling off hard for short amounts of time. Getting myself to start .5 mile or .25 mile (THURSDAY AHHHH) repeats is always a struggle because I know what kind of hurt is in store for me:) But I also know the post-speed workout high is pretty incredible too. Getting really fast at the short distances will translate into helping me get faster at the 1/2 marathon and marathon so I just remind myself that it takes work to get to your goals and that these short/fast workouts are most DEFINITELY going to be work. I was beyond done by the end today.
2 mile warm-up, 8 x .5 miles with 2:30 recovery jogs, 2 mile cool-down. 10 miles total average pace 7:11—> I should have gotten a slurpee from 7-eleven to celebrate afterwards.
How the 8 x .5 mile repeats went—> 2:58, 2:51, 2:52, 2:51, 2:52, 2:55, 2:53 & 2:51. Average of 2:53 (edited this—> I was looking at the wrong paces when I first wrote this post).
A few weeks ago I was doing ten of these at a 2:45 average so there was definitely fitness lost over the last little while but I have time to build it back up and see those 2:45s again.
Speed portion= angry music, and my PureDrifts and warmup/cooldown = PureCadence 4s, gloves, a jacket and my thoughts.
Speed workouts always make my calves sore for a bit because I run more on the balls of my feet than I do for easier paces… I have a feeling my calves will remind me about this workout for the rest of the week.
It was a gorgeous morning and Brooke being in school means that I get to do these workouts in the sunshine. I spy a little bit of snow.
Rewind to Monday—> we finally made it up to Trader Joe’s to stock up on all things pumpkin (and their salted almond butter because we can’t live without it).
Brooke loves their mini carts and cruises around TJ’s like she owns the place.
Brooke got to pick out some treats at TJ’s… she is all about pancakes these days and so when she saw the picture of them on the coconut pancake mix she was sold. Looks like Brinner is going to go down at the Jacobs’ residence tonight.
I stocked up on their Minestrone soup because I love it so much and it is getting close to time to hibernate in our apartment for a few months.
And later on we had to stop at Target for a minute. It was raining so a hood selfie was necessary before going in.
Random parenting moment below that you can completely skip over and that won’t hurt my feelings:
While we were at Target we had one of those 3 year old situations that happen sometimes and I took her aside to talk to her… as we started walking again I was having one of those ‘I am doing this whole parenting thing completely wrong’ conversations in my head. A second later an old man came over and put his hand on my shoulder and told me that he was watching me and that I was doing a great job as a mom (he could probably see it in my face that I was a bit defeated and he wanted to help:). It made me cry (don’t worry, I cry over everything)… the littlest actions from other humans make the biggest difference. That old man telling me that turned my whole night around. And as Jeffrey R. Holland said—> “To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle—and all will—I say, Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are.”
PS this actually might be the best news ever. Gilmore Girls and Parenthood are my all-time favorite shows.
What is your absolute favorite distance to run? To race? Do you like the shorter fast stuff or the endurance side of running more?
Any can’t live without items from Trader Joe’s for you?
What are you having for dinner tonight?
Any other Gilmore Girl fans reading??