Bright shoes always remind me of how thankful I am for how far running shoes have come over the last few decades. Remember how boring they all used to be?
I’m committed to stretching each day. Skye was pretty thrilled to get to try on my watch and run around the room. According to the watch, her cadence is much better than mine.
In the afternoon I was able to go to Brooke’s field trip. We went to the BYU Art Museum (below she was in an exhibit that you can touch:) and it was quite the adventure making sure 1st graders weren’t touching artwork the entire time! Skye napped at my mom’s house and it was nice to spend some time with Brookers.
In my opinion, hot chocolate is a year round beverage.
Skye was missing Andrew big time yesterday. She pushed her chair over to a picture of him and kept saying Dada on repeat.
We picked up Brooke from school and when we got home I saw them holding hands in the car. I like this age difference of their’s.
It started raining like crazy so we decided to make it a lazy day.
Brooke and I watched a movie together while Skye jumped off of the couch onto the pillows she placed on the ground.
The world’s easiest dinner.
Andrew came home and while he is pretty tired, he is loving it and learning so much.
We have a huge workout on schedule for this morning and I am very excited to see how it goes!
The workout= 8-10 1k (.62 miles) and I’m not quite sure what the recoveries are yet (I think they are about half the time of the intervals so probably a little less than 2 minutes) but I did a similar workout last August (below) and I’m excited to see where I will be at now!
Whenever I am starting speedwork again I get a little nervous about monster workouts on the schedule the day before. For me, the key to helping the nerves is preparation so I thought I would share some things that I like to do the day before a big workout:
*I listen to something uplifting and positive. Just take a few minutes to listen to something that reminds you that you can do hard things. There are so many awesome podcasts about our mental training and so far I’m loving Tina’s week of mental training episodes.
*If the workout is a monster then I really try to mimic my ‘night before a race’ meal. The more practice with that pre-race meal, the better. I’m all about spaghetti with some chicken on top and extra salt or pizza the night before big races or workouts. Knowing that my stomach is going to be happy from the night before during the workout calms my nerves.
*I visualize exactly where I will be running whether that is the track or a bike path. I love picturing the night before a workout exactly where I am going to be running and hitting the paces that are prescribed.
*I PUT THE WORKOUT INTO MY WATCH! If your watch allows you to, program the workout into your watch so that your watch does the thinking for you and you get to just go out and do what you love to do—> Run. You can see how to program a workout into your Garmin here.
*I remind myself that hard is good. Hard is what stretches us, it is what forces growth. If I’m worried about the next day because my legs are tired or I’m not as fast as I used to be… who cares? What better time than now to teach myself how to cope and maintain the pace when I am tired?
*I set a mantra for the workout. Today I’ll be using, ‘I am comfortable’ to trick my body into not slowing down because my brain will be too busy thinking about how comfortable it feels at a faster than 5k pace. I’m also setting the goal during each interval to smile at least once to set out the feel good endorphins throughout my body.
*I set out my caffeine the night before (I use NanoHydr8). I don’t use caffeine before the majority of my runs but knowing I get that little boost from caffeine the day of a workout gets me excited to do it:)
*I put out the clothes that I feel fastest in. There are many pieces that don’t move with me as well as others so I make sure I have out the clothes and shoes that I know I feel most comfortable in and know that I won’t have to adjust at all during the workout. PS someday we will be back to tank top weather… It’s been around 39 degrees most mornings this week when I’ve started.
Remember that these speed workouts are all just pieces of the big puzzle to get to your race. One workout is not going to make or break you so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You GET to do this and you have to admit… the endorphins after a speed workout are even greater than after a normal run!
PS don’t forget to try this… when your legs are dead then focus on pumping your arms and your legs will have to keep up with them.
What do you do to get ready for a big speed workout?
If you are doing speed in your training lately, what day of the week do you usually do it?
-Wednesday is going to be the day from here on out now!
When does school get out where you live?
Those of you working right now—> How long have you been in the job that you are in?