My first ‘monster’ workout back was accomplished and I’m positive I would have quit (after the first interval) if I was on my own… thank goodness for training partners.
I had toast with almond butter and sliced bananas for breakfast and then met up with Emilee about 45 minutes after that. I haven’t taken caffeine since CIM because I keep forgetting about it but I might start up with that again for the extra energy.
We did a 2.5 mile warm-up and then started the workout and it looked like this:
1 mile @ 5:51 (downhill)
2 miles @ 6:41 average (and the entire 2 miles were a slight uphill and ended on a large uphill for last .1 which made this by far the most challenging set for me)
3 miles @ 6:23 average (some up, some down, some flat)
.5 mile recoveries after each interval
Emilee continued on to climb back down the ladder again with another 2 mile interval and 1 mile interval.
11 miles total for me @ 7:07 average.
During our warm-up we were talking about how we need to take our easy days easier again like we did last year for our training. For me, the runs in the 7’s and low 8’s on easy days needs to change now that I’m upping my mileage and speed again. I need to really focus on taking easy days TRULY easy because I’ve learned that taking them easy makes the fast days so much faster.
So many great things to celebrate with those easy runs (source).
PS Emilee was ahead of me for all of the intervals besides the first one miler. It would be easy to be frustrated that my training partner is ahead of me but it really isn’t because I am too busy celebrating how awesome her training is going and how awesome I am doing in my current training. Life is so much more fun when I take out comparing.
When I woke up yesterday morning I got on Strava (looking at my friend’s workouts always makes me excited to do mine) and I saw this from Andrew… Many nights he will get back up and go run or work out once I’ve fallen asleep ha. Opposites attract because there is no chance on the planet I could run at 10:23 pm.
The next thing from my morning was Brooke showing me the new signs she has learned. She told me she woke up early to study… this little one is a go-getter!
Fast forward until lunchtime…
Getting back into speed is really tiring for me ha and I’m hoping I get adjusted to it again soon but one thing I’ve learned in 34 years of life is that we don’t always have to be busy. I used to think I had to fill up every day with things to check off, that accomplishing things gave me worth and I’m learning that if I have 30 minutes to lay down and snuggle my baby then I’m absolutely taking it. Slowing down feels good.
Still rubbing that corner of her blanket on her nose whenever she is sleepy.
A few more pictures from recently:
*Brooke is still loving ballet.
*I loved this little scene.
*Skye thinks it is her duty to be involved in every project that we do.
*It was so good to see Knox again!
*How many minutes do you think Andrew cooked these cookies at 350 degrees… my guess is 2 minutes and they were delicious. We are raising our children to love underbaked cookies and brownies.
*What Skye does when she is embarrassed by me.
How often do you take caffeine before a run?
-Normally before every speed workout and long run but I got out of the habit and keep forgetting!
What have you been eating before your runs lately?
Those of you in a relationship right now… in what way are you opposites?
In my above cookie… is that too under-baked for you or just right?