WE DID IT and as you can tell from the picture—> We were all very happy to check this workout off. We have known about this workout for a while now so it felt so good to finally get it done and feel strong.
I predict some major PRs for the entire team!
A group of us started at 4:30 a.m. which meant that the majority of our run was done in the dark! I had my reflective vest on and I brought a headlamp but didn’t actually need it for the fast miles because the sidewalks were pretty well lit.
The first time that I did this workout on the same route we did 6 x 1 mile and my average pace for them was 5:49 back in the beginning of June so I am thrilled to see the progress.
10 x 1 mile (part flat, mostly down) @ 5:31 average. I’ve really learned that as far as workouts go, it’s so much more fun to start comfortably hard and then work your way down. The loop we do is kind of like a big 1.7 mile loop so 1 mile for the speed and .7 miles up back to the start. Somewhere in the middle there we had a bathroom break so we did a little extra recovery to get to the bathrooms. 20 miles total @ 7:36 average.
My favorite part about new watches—> They make you feel cool when you set new records (although, I’m a little confused because on my splits above it says that my fastest mile was 5:21).
I did what I promised myself I would do after the last interval. It felt so so good to be done ha. Very happy with how it went, I felt in control of the pace and a spring in my step. Now to just get my body recovered and a spring back in my step for next Saturday. A 10 day taper is a lot shorter than what I’ve done in the past but my coach knows his stuff… added bonus, he really knows the course for this marathon. Both he and his wife have won this marathon so I am fully trusting this process. I just really need to make sure to prioritize recovery with going to bed early, eating well and easy miles now.
The hardest part about this workout for me was how off my stomach felt but I’d rather have that than my body feeling off or hurting (0% calf pain wahoo).
Our stuff at the start of each interval. I had my w/u and c/d shoes, Gatorade, water and my Clif gels that I am loving.
Back in time to get the kids going for school. I’m very grateful for teammates that want to start workouts crazy early:).
PS I’ve had a few emails or comments asking about if I am tired… the answer is 100% YES. If Andrew is home for the day then I am for sure getting in a 20 minute nap but if not, I put myself down for sleep when I put the kids down (not sure what I’ll do when they are teenagers and staying up later ha). I hit the jackpot with incredible sleepers so if my kids were waking me up during the night, not sure I would be doing this. <–SO PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND IF YOU DON’T GET A LOT OF SLEEP.
I. Am. Tired. BUT it’s my choice to do what I’m doing, I love the training and I really don’t want it to affect my family’s life in the slightest so I just do my best to keep up with everything throughout the day. My mom has called me Tigger since I was just a little thing so I do think I have a bit of natural energy in me but if you are in training and you feel tired… welcome to the club and I’m pretty sure it includes 99.9% of adults:). PS some nights I sleep double as long as Andrew. He just doesn’t need a lot of sleep to feel good!
Somehow this ended up happening for a good chunk of the day which also meant we had no power. I guess the power box for a chunk of the neighborhood is in our yard but everything was fixed and started working again.
This is how Skye has started entertaining herself at soccer games. She crawls through the chair over and over again.
We were on the go most of the day and we made sandwiches for dinner. My after-dinner snacks included Mollie’s suggestion for the quinoa peach molasses bowl from Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. It was delicious but mine didn’t turn out as pretty as theirs.
Sanne and I have become penpals (she lives in the Netherlands) and sent me the most amazing goodies. I saved a little bit of Skye’s candy bar for her;)
Do naps help you or make you more tired? Do anything that helps you to feel more energized when you hit a tired wall during the day?
What would be your ideal amount of sleep each night?
-9 hours is heaven to me and I get it a few nights a week (when I’m not waking up for a 4:30 a.m. run). I am very behind on my favorite shows because I just go to bed so early now!
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE BEST CHOCOLATE FROM IN YOUR OPINION?!
Last cookbook that you used?