I wore spandex for the first time in YEARS and I can officially say that was a terrible idea because they just kept sliding up during the entire workout. I pulled them down for this picture, you’re welcome. I love spandex for speed work but clearly I don’t have a good pair at this point… give me your recommendations PLEASE. I want some good ones.
I definitely programmed this workout into my watch because there was no way I was going to be able to remember everything on my own and what came next:
2 mile w/u
Set 1—> Repeat 3 times: 400m interval pace, 90 second walk, 300m repetition pace, 2 minute walk.
Set 2—> 10 minutes at threshold
Set 3—> Repeat 3 times: 400m interval pace, 90 second walk, 300m repetition pace, 2 minute walk.
2 mile c/d
A little over 8 miles total of running and then a bunch of walking for those recoveries.
Here are what paces the intervals were done at:
My paces for the 400m—> 6:23, 6:13, 6:10, 6:13, 6:13, 6:01
My paces for the 300m—> 5:59, 5:45, 5:56, 5:59, 5:54, 5:59
6:41 average pace (1.5 miles) for the 10 minutes at threshold (I was amazed at how good that threshold pace felt and I’m guessing it is because of the previous repetition pace intervals made that one feel much easier).
Yesterday’s track workout felt a million times better than last week’s track workout. That could be because of the walking recoveries or because I’m getting stronger or because I forgot to set an alarm and woke up late so I had zero time to procrastinate or think about what I was about to do ha.
For the majority of the workout there were about ten other people there working hard too which was so helpful for me. There was also this older couple that were so cute that were there doing their own interval type workout and it made me so happy. Whether Andrew wants to or not, that will be us in the future:)
I need a hair trim.
Also, I always do my w/u and c/d on the roads. I can only handle going around in circles for so long so the roads help me out with that before and after the actual workout. Really a high quality picture for you:
For my w/u and c/d I listened to this podcast. The last few months I have really grown to love Deena Kastor even more. Her positivity is contagious and her words were the best things to listen to going into a workout. I should listen to her on the drive to every race I do in the future. This episode was a great one! Also, did you know she has struggled with Melanoma for years? It was a great reminder for me to get back into my dermatologist because it is time for my next check-up.
Andrew got one of these bars in his race swag bag so I ate it along with watermelon and 32 ounces of water once I got home.
Skye is smiling at Brooke.
When Skye went down for her morning nap, Brooke and I hit the soccer ball around for a few minutes. It is her latest thing right now.
And then we got ready for the pool and headed out. The sunglasses lasted for about 30 seconds but at least she thought they were cool for a minute.
I’m on an almond butter and jam sandwich streak—> Day #7 was yesterday.
We found a meal from Costco that we didn’t love. We still ate it because we were hungry but it wasn’t our favorite.
PS Brooke and Andrew’s race posted their pictures! They are FREE and this one made me so happy. Go Brooke!
PPS Someone has been partying pretty hard over here.
With the heat here in full blast for many of us, I have a few things about runners/myself during this time of year that I wanted to share!
1. My tan lines are from my running clothes, not my swimsuit.
2. Do you know exactly where each water fountain within 5 miles of your house is located? I do.
3. Are you currently the weather expert among your family/friends/coworkers? I feel like runners are the best people to ask when wondering what the current temperatures and humidity levels are and what they will be for the next 7 days.
5. ‘Summer running is return of the nipple chaffage.’ -Andrew Baron
6. ‘Summer running forces me to be a morning person.’ -Andrew Baron
7. During a run, ice baths sound glamorous when at any other time of year they sound like torture.
8. Sometimes I plan my runs around the shade completely. One summer (when I was pregnant running with Brooke) I found a shadey street and I would run up and down it for an hour. I’m sure the residents of that street thought I was nuts.
9. You can literally see the heat coming off the pavement at this time of year while you are running.
10. Running in the summer sometimes makes us look even more hardcore… we went out for 3 miles but when we finish it looks like we might have just finished 20 miles due to all of the sweat and passing out on the grass once we finish.
11. While normally I would avoid running through water where I have no idea where it comes from… in the summer, I am running straight towards those sprinklers on random people’s lawn.
Any recommendations for spandex? Help me out… I don’t want them to move while I run but I really need a pair!
Do you like protein bars? Which ones are your favorites? Least favorites?
Anything funny/random to add to the list about summer running?
What was your last terrible idea? In life… in running… in whatever?