Running tip #24= lay down on the ground after a really hard workout. It feels so good to just let those endorphins seep into your entire body while you think about your splits and your upcoming race. Just be careful if you do this at a track if there are other runners there;)
I think a big pro about this workout was that it was 54 degrees outside. 54. My hands were cold. Do you remember that feeling? I sure didn’t before yesterday.
Aren’t tracks just beautiful?
Below is my workout on the track. I am super excited that I was able to go a bit faster for the intervals!
My coach asked me to do it at a track which means I went around in an oval 24 times! I actually really like the track now so I was happy to be there.
2 miles @ 6:31
1 mile @ 6:00
2 miles @ 6:26
1 mile @ 6:01 (I REALLY wanted this to be my fastest mile of the day but it didn’t happen:)
10.17 miles total (my w/u was a bit longer) and 7:04 average (not counting the 3 minute walking breaks ((I used my phone timer for those)) which would make a huge difference in my average pace). And too bad this wasn’t a real new record for me because I had the walking breaks within this 10k time!
PS to go along with what we talked about yesterday with ‘Come what may, and love it’…. During this workout, I kept reminding myself of something that Kara Goucher said and that I LOVED, “Discomfort can be a sign that you are learning and growing.” Mmmmm I like viewing the discomfort during a workout as growing/learning/changing/adapting! That is a lot more fun and encouraging to think about compared to thinking about the discomfort as something showing that I’m not strong enough etc.
I kept my mantra short and simple yesterday by repeating, ‘I feel good.’ A few times I started freaking out that I was going too fast because I haven’t done 6:00 miles in a very long time but I just kept telling myself that I feel good so why not just keep sticking to it?
I also thought about how it IS WORK. It’s not supposed to just come naturally, I’ve got to fight for it.
I had two very impressive cheerleaders with me for my run.
1. Beretta. Now that school has started, I have to get out pretty early to run (especially double digit days) so Beretta is joining me more and more. I drove her up to the track with me and she did the warm-up and cool-down with me and then hung out on the grass (her leash was on the fence) and cheered me on while relaxing. I might have been very jealous a few of the times as I passed her and wanted to join her in her nap.
PS school starting has been the best solution to procrastinating my runs—> If I don’t go at an exact time, I don’t go so I have to GET OUT THE DOOR.
PPS thank you so much for her leash recommendation. Running with this made it so much easier and hands free! When I first put it on she ran off so quickly I almost fell down but next time I’ll just be a bit more careful at the very beginning ha. This lab has energy.
2. My other cheerleader. MY MOM:) I didn’t want to wake up Andrew by reporting my stats via text and I’m pretty sure my mom never sleeps so she cheered me on when I would text her during my walking recoveries. She is pretty awesome. Let me know if you want her number for your next speed workout;)
I listened to this and loved it during the warm-up and cool-down!
Brooke was ready for school in plenty of time so we could ride our bikes to her school. It took us a good amount of time but she did it and I was so proud. It was her idea and I think it will be really fun if we switch up driving to school by doing this together sometimes too.
PS did I tell you that Andrew bought me a mountain bike? I think he is trying to send me some subliminal messages;)
Post hard run BCAAs (to help me recover faster) with my breakfast while Skye played with 100 toys all at once.
Compression boots to help recover fast!
Andrew is kind of stressed that since TJ’s is close to us now that Costco is going to disappear in our family. I’m doing my best to make sure I give the proper time and attention to both stores to make sure everyone is happy. Eggs with veggies and hash browns for lunch.
And a few highlights from the day. Brooke rode a new pony yesterday at her riding lesson. When Brooke went to give her a hug goodbye she moved her head down and close to Brooke and it really looked like she was hugging her back.
At night I got to go out with my sister for our Tuesday night date.
My sister showed up with these coupon books and we decided that we are going to check off every free item on there together for our dates.
The most delicious burger and fancy fries back there… for $4.50.
Followed by a walk and then free crepes. My sister is the coupon queen.
I hope your Wednesday is a great one! Brooke has her first soccer game of the season today!
To go along with yesterday’s q about Halloween decorations… when is it okay to bring out the pumpkin flavored food/drinks? Are you a huge fan of pumpkin flavored items?
Do you have a bike? Mountain, road, beach, multiple? How often do you ride it?
Help a sista’ out… what are some things that you eat or do to help aid you in a quick recovery after hard workouts?
For those of you that love both Costco and Trader Joe’s (or fill in for your two favorite grocery stores)…. If you had to get rid of one and only shop at the other, which one would you choose?
-This question put me through a lot of turmoil (hopefully Andrew doesn’t read this post) and I had to go back and erase my answers many times but if I had to, I would have to choose TJ’s to be my one and only out of the 2.