My first speed workout on the trails done and done. Such a fun group to try something new with and experience a different kind of pain.
Love these views!
The workout= 1.5 mile w/u, 4 x 10 minute tempo based more on effort than pace since we were on trails. The most exhausted item on my body with this workout = my eyes. Running fast is hard on the trails because you really have to watch each step and dodge rocks to avoid falling. It was nice doing a workout on the trails because it doesn’t give you a chance to look at your watch during the tempo intervals because you are too focused on not falling.
In addition to my eyes, my whole body was pretty tired as I was trying to go fast again after last Saturday. The miles during the tempo ranged from about 6:10-6:50 depending on the sections of the trail. The effort was there and that was the focus of this workout so I’ll call it a success. We will be on the trails for half of our runs this week and I think all of the dirt running will help us to recover.
A big focus of this workout from our coach: “This is the perfect workout to work on turnover (cadence) and mentally holding your form such as shoulders and back along with keeping hands and arms closer to your body.” <— Definitely something I need to be working on.
Handheld bottle cheers when we finished. We didn’t end up bringing them for the workout portion which resulted in cotton mouth and cramps (I WAS SO THIRSTY) but I was very happy to be reunited with them afterwards.
Back home to work on pull ups (Brooke is determined to do one too)… thank you for your tips yesterday, they really helped. I am as beginner as it gets with strength training so I re-read all of your suggestions on ways to help a few times:)
LOVE what Jill said. I didn’t even think about warming up into them before I read her comment:
The girls and I got in some school clothes shopping. I seriously cannot believe Brooke is going into 2nd grade. Skye was on cloud 9 that she got a new pair of jellies… she has a fascination with shoes.
Fast forward to when Andrew got home from his trainings and we went out for my second run (this week our coach really wants us to build up our mileage). Brooke was at a friend’s house but Skye was thrilled to join us.
It rained almost the entire time and there were quite a few puddles everywhere but it felt like heaven after so many hot runs lately. My body felt great but my stomach did not… that is the trickiest part about running later for me = figuring out what to eat all day long!
4.83 miles @ 8:51 average with Andrew and it was so nice to get a run in together… it’s been too long.
Picked up Brookester and went straight for the good stuff. Steak burrito and chips and guac for the win.
She’s really into all of Brooke’s Minnie Mouse toys so these new pjs made her night.
Have you ever done a run double?
-In the past when I was teaching I would sometimes have to break up my long runs to before and after school (I taught spin on Saturday mornings so had to do my long runs on Fridays) but this is all new to me. Not sure how often we will be doing them but we will see!
If you have a significant other… do you ever run together? How often?
Running in the rain—> love it or not so much?
Question from Andrew= What is your favorite amount of miles to go out and run?