My neighbor and I hit up the track yesterday. It’s a weird thing to call track work fun but I really feel like it is. It hurts in a way that shouldn’t make it fun but the challenge and after feelings is what makes it fun for me. Having a friend right next to me working hard makes it that much more fun too. It’s weird how motivating it is to know the person next to you is hurting and they aren’t quitting which inspires me to keep going even though I’m hurting (one of the reasons I feel we perform so much better in races than in our training—> everyone is hurting and not quitting and that is what keeps us going).
I was not happy to see that the temperature was 34 degrees when I was leaving the house. I took off my long sleeve for the track portion but I’ve already lost my cold weather skin and was freezing for the w/u and c/d.
The BYU track is by far my favorite track. It is pretty much always open, the views are unreal and cool people like Shalane Flanagan have done workouts here which makes me feel cool knowing I’m where they have been.
We did 4 x 400 m (.25 miles) and took 200 m recoveries in between each one (walk for a few seconds and then jog). We are starting small but I’m celebrating the heck out of the steps along the way to get to my bigger goals in the future.
PS normally for a track workout I bring a lighter pair of shoes for the speed portion (the Hyperion are my favorite) but because the workout was short I stuck with the Launch 6 for the entire run and they worked great.
The 2nd one was our fastest:
(I stopped my watch for two of the 15 second walking breaks)
I’m back on the BCAA train. I used these a bit for ultra training and a ton for St. George training last year. Call it the placebo effect but I really do notice a difference in how long it takes me to recover after a hard workout when I do use them!
I like to celebrate when I get all three smiling for a picture. It happens 1 out of every 1029 pictures I take.
Skye has gone from cautiously walking around the house to sprinting full steam from room to room.
I think she would rather be running herself now than being in the stroller for our runs. Andrew took her out for three miles around the neighborhood.
Skye took a nap at my mom’s house and Andrew and I went to the temple together yesterday!
Then we picked up Skye and grabbed some lunch at one of our favorites… This is one of those restaurants that does not skimp on toppings. Pickled onions belong on every salad.
We had some time outside…
And a fancy dinner of this gnocchi with leftover grilled chicken.
Female Garmin users—> This makes me so so excited! Garmin Connect now offers a menstrual cycle tracking feature! You can log and keep track of your cycle, your symptoms and they offer tips during different parts of your cycle. I just updated my Garmin Connect and added all of my information! Just go to Garmin Connect, open up the main menu and choose Health Stats and you will see the Menstrual Cycle option there!
Also, something new on the Forerunner 945, 245 and 45… Andrew wants to buy one of these for me for JUST this feature. I love that there are more and more companies coming out with ways to help keep us safe out on the roads.
Do you have access to a track? Do you like using the track?
What did you make for dinner last night?
Anyone have a birthday in May? Anyone have races in May?
Any safety tips that you could share with us for when you are out on the run?