The treadmill was my only option today so I took my speed work indoors. It has been awhile since I have had a workout where I ended completely drenched and so it felt kind of nice… As Isak says, ‘The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.’ A really good sweat just feels cleansing for me mentally and that was just what I needed today. So thank you gym for being 95 degrees inside (I’m being dramatic but it sure felt that hot at different points).
The playlist for this morning because fast music is necessary for me anytime I am doing speed on the treadmill. PS I recommend getting the edited versions of the songs I put on my playlists like I do… not sure if I would love the unedited versions of some of them (Petey Pablo—> I’m looking at you).
I was pretty excited that I got the treadmill that doesn’t make you stop right at 60 minutes:)
Below is the assigned workout but I did make a few little changes—> average for the tempo miles was 6:22 (9.4 miles per hour on the treadmill) and I took about 2.5 minutes to pause the treadmill after the first tempo. First set of 3 miles = 1% incline, second set of 3 miles = switching between 0-.5% every minute.
Afterwards I stood on the treadmill for a bit at a 45 degree angle to stretch these calves of mine. They just need to hold it together for 33 days and then they will get a nice long break.
My motivation for my workout today was this picture that my brother sent me right before I started. He has 6 kiddos and 5 of them hit the track today to run for a bit (the sixth one is a little too young to join;)
Back to our Cafe Rio eating ways. Feels so good to be getting back to some of my favorites.
We then hit up the library and read every book about Dora the Explorer there ever was.
And Brooke played some football with her bff.
PS this is the last part of the Tuscon course. That steep hill at mile 22 when my legs are already going to be dead is scaring me. This course is downhill but it is not as downhill as the St. George Marathon course which I was training for so hopefully my quads will be ready for Tucson. The race this weekend has some pretty great downhills too so I am hoping those ones help to prepare me a bit too!
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What has been your motivation to run lately?!?
What has been the best part about your Tuesday so far?
What is the hardest race course that you have ever done? The easiest?
It’s funny because I never knew anyone liked Petey Pablo as much as I do. I’ve actually been listening a lot to the “remix” station on pandora. I’ve been really enjoying that.
I think if you include some hill work at the end of your runs you’ll be good to go Jahae. I’m glad you chose a full before winter because I think lengthing the training cycle for 3 more months would have been miserable.
Sarah @ SarahRuns26
I’ve got two races coming up in 4 weeks, then I get a break! And I want to finish my Run the Edge 2015 miles in 2015 – I’m so close!
Best part of my day is coming in about 15 minutes – I get a hair cut! I love when she washes my hair and massages my scalp. It’s the best!
I kinda forget about race courses after I run them. Some of the technically harder courses I’ve done were easier because I felt better and some of the ‘easy’ courses I’ve done have been a struggle-fest because I wasn’t feeling great!
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Great job on that workout! Speed work always feels so much harder on the treadmill, probably because it’s so warm and there’s no breeze in the gym. My motivation for running has just been to keep up my endurance and enjoy the fall weather.
Margaret @ youngandrungry
It’s really nice weather this week in Tennessee so enjoying it while it lasts is my motivation!
Best part of Tuesday: catching up with a good friend
Race courses in high school were always hard because I hated running in the grass
My motivation to run lately has been that I CAN RUN. I’m so thankful for the passion and ability, and I am beyond grateful that I am no longer injured.
The hardest course I’ve ever done was a half that was almost literally ALL hills. I mean, it starts going uphill for the first 2.5 miles before anything becomes close to flat. And the rest of the course is a climb.
The best part of my Tuesday was definitely my speed workout this morning on the track. It went so much better than it would have weeks ago, and I think it’s a new positive mindset I have each time I approach a challenging workout. I also am excited that I am leaving work in less than 30 minutes and will get to go home, put on my PJs and RELAX!!
My motivation –> Constantly reminding myself that a month ago, when I was injured, all I wanted to do was run. That, and my pants are getting a little tight… :)
Hardest part of my Tuesday –>You know, I haven’t had it yet. Today’s been pretty good ,but putting my lace up boots on this morning was a bit of a struggle…
Boston is definitely the hardest marathon I’ve done. This will be my third year, first year as a qualified runner and I’m so dang determined to run it smart.
I think next year I might give St. George a go, whaddya think?!
My motivaton to run lately is stress relief! If only it didn’t get dark so early…
Jennife @ JenChoosesJoy
NYC prep was my motivation. Next up is Las Vegas!
Tuesday highlight: coming home and seeing my puppies
Toughest course: Flying Monkey Marathon
Upcoming marathon training has been my biggest motivation. My dad and I are training to run a “marathon” (really, do a 26.2 mile training run) together, so I need to make sure I train. I can’t let myself get beat by an old guy. ;)
The Hungry Runner Girl
That is seriously so so awesome that you guys are running a marathon together. Wow. So cool.
I am really excited about it! In all seriously, I feel so blessed to be able to share the whole experience with him. I’m very grateful I got back into running before he got old enough that such long distances were out of the question for him. I think he’s glad too– he’s spent the last ten years trying to convince his daughters to run with him. :)
Love this post and that is one of my favorite quotes! SO, so true :)
The toughest course that I did was Marathon on the Mountain…it was on a ski resort and was SO HILLY. It was also held in November, so it was freezing and sleeting and really foggy..I threw up a few times and thought I wasn’t going to make it to the finish. It was bad! Then of course, right after I finished I was like “I want to do that again next year!”
The Hungry Runner Girl
Okay, I seriously can’t even imagine doing that marathon Gretchen. My heart rate skyrocketed just reading about climbing those hills (mountains). You are hardcore!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
You are so lucky that treadmill didn’t shut off! I was on the treadmill this morning that stopped at 30 minutes. It is so annoying! I think Brooke has running in her future. She looks so focused and serious in all the running pics!
Best part of my Tuesday was my Tempo run this morning. I live along the Mississippi and watching the sunrise over the river and the morning mist took my breath away. One of the (many) reasons I love running is that I would miss out on things like watching the sunrise over the river.
My motivation to run lately is that running makes me a better person and helps me cope with stress.
Hope you have a great night!!!
The Hungry Runner Girl
Wow. I bet that sight was incredible this morning. I think the same thing—> how else would I see the sunrise/random places in the mountains/the gorgeous seasons etc if it wasn’t for running? love it. Glad your day started out so perfectly and great job on the tempo!
Your running ability really impresses me. Hitting those paces hardly removed from an illness is amazing. You inspire me!! Have a great night!
Cafe rio sounds like a great dinner to me tonight!
Today has been all about cleaning and getting stuff done. Hopefully that includes a run tonight.
I also don’t like swearing – I’m a bit of a pollyanna I guess :)
Best part of my day was an easy 5 mile run this morning that included running up Heartbreak Hill. I was aware of the fact that I am super lucky to live in a great running area!
Sally @ sweat out the small stuff
Knowing I have my sweet puppy dog at home waiting for me gets me through every workday.
I ran the NYC marathon on Sunday so no running for at least 2 weeks. Must let my ankle tendons calm down. I could feel my tendonitis wanting to emerge and I won’t let it. So lots and lots of rest. I have a fun 5k planned for early December. Non-timed. And that’s it. I’m going to try and do more hiking and skiing and get back to real running in March. I know. Crazy!!!
I’m only running when I feel like it at the moment and that seems to be good motivation. I don’t start training again until December.
It’s a rough week. We met with the doc about the hubby’s chemo. They aren’t doing one drug, which is good. The bad, chemo is 4 rounds instead of 3.
The hardest marathon physically was San Francisco. The easiest was Washington DC. Both were Nike women races.
The cooler weather has been a good motivator…also my marathon in 11 days is motivating me!
Today we had a great 14 miler…me running and the husband on his bike! Last longer run before the race!
Hardest race: my first half marathon in 2008….I had just gotten over the flu the day before (even spent my birthday sick)
Easiest race: the half marathon I did in 2014 (I had just gotten engaged a week before and was on cloud 9!)
I’d like to say thank you for always reminding me how awesome Eminem is haha!
I’ve been battling mil injuries the past few months an am over it. My motivation is to get fast (relatively) again!
The hardest course I have ever run is actually the City of Oaks Half in Raleigh – more like city of big hills!
My reasons to run? It energizes me in the morning. It gives me time to myself. It allows me to listen to all the podcasts I otherwise wouldn’t have time for. It allows me to get outside before the scorching afternoon heat. But the biggest reason is definitely what you describe: sometimes, that after-run feeling – heart pounding, drenched in sweat, completely out of breath, full of endorphins – feels better than anything in the world.
Best part of my Tuesday has been not having any classes and getting to stay home and bake bread! Worst part has been my aching shins… I had to take my run this morning super slow. I’m praying I’m not developing shin splints! :/
Getting faster is what motivates me to run right now- I love running, but I’m not super speedy.
Best part of my Tuesday was dinner- crockpot turkey chili with cornbread from scratch. Even though it’s unseasonably warm in NYC this week, I was craving chili something fierce!
Janae, if you ran Boston and the Heartbreak hill, you can def crash the very last hill at Tucson!
Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner
My hardest race was this past August, The Hell of a Half…boy was it hell to run in. Not only was it incredibly hot but the hills were super tough.
Glad that your stomach is allowing you to enjoy some of your old favorites! The Tuscon marathon should be beautiful! My motivation to run lately has been to maintain my base and stay stress free. The best part of my Tuesday was a six mile run with friends! The hardest race that I have ever done was the biggest loser half-marathon in Erie, PA. This was the second year they had the race, but they changed the course from the first year. The course was rolling hills throughout the whole race and it was hot! Also, I had a bad case of runner’s knee and my knee really hurt throughout most of the race, but the countryside where the race was held was beautiful! Favorite race= Shamrock 1/2 marathon in Virginia Beach!
Jess W. @ Run Life Co.
Love the picture from your brother – great photo shoot idea! Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” has been at the top of my playlist lately…it’s just so upbeat and catchy.
The hardest course I’ve ever done was the San Diego RnR Marathon – there are some HUGE hills in the last quarter of the race. Easiest race – Lehigh Valley VIA Marathon in Pennsylvania. The course was designed by Bart Yasso and is almost all flat or downhill.
I love the photo of Brooke with all the books!
Hannah @ Will Run For Coffee
Best bit about my Tuesday so far is that it’s a pseudo Thursday – as I’m off work on Thursday and Friday this week. Wooo!! Cannot wait (although Thursday starts with my idea of a hilly run).
Hardest race I’ve done is my one and only marathon. I got it all wrong; too fast, badly fueled. Even hydration was an issue, as water came in sachets which I managed to consistently inhale/pour all over my already-cold hands. Everything but drink the little buggers.
Whisper it – I have secretly signed up for another marathon in April. I don’t know if I am actually up for/to it though.
I have a marathon Saturday and the forecast is 70 degrees and humid for the start and 80+ for the finish. (AGHHHHHHHH) I am from Florida and trained through the heat and humidity but we always tried to run before the sun comes up. This race starts at 7am. Any tips or tricks? I was planning to try to re-qualify for Boston but I have thrown that out the window. :-(
10 miles on a treadmill at sub 7 minute pace. Nutty, but also amazing. (Visions of Drago in Rocky IV training montage in my head).
That Blink 182 album is also awesome. The entire album. I had Stockholm Syndrome on my marathon playlist. And I love me some Robert Smith from The Cure, featured on All Of This. (Yes, I’m really 45).
Rachael @ Catch Me if You Can
those kids are just too cute on the track! what great motivation!
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