Yesterday felt SO smooth and controlled. It was one of those running days that makes the 40 hard/bad/not easy days leading up to it worth it;).
I’m going to go ahead and attribute some of the success of the day to starting things off with a Double Chocolate Muffin (picture taken after I started eating it). I thought that I might regret the decision to have cake (technically a muffin but they taste like cake) before a speed workout but it actually was perfect (along with a banana too). PS the other day Cynthia said she was going to try this recipe with peanut butter chips instead and I feel like I might need to do the same today. These muffins are too good.
We started out with a 2 mile warmup and the most beautiful sky (<— I typed Skye a few times before getting it right ha). It was 30 degrees with absolutely zero wind which helped with why the run felt so great. I also heard birds chirping and just loved the fact that it was light outside even though it was still pretty early.
The workout was 4 x 1 MTC mile. These MTC miles are mostly downhill with part of them flat too but they really help you to get a faster leg turnover. We will start doing less downhill things soon but these fast miles really train your legs to turn quickly and build your confidence to then run faster times when on the flat. The recovery is about .7 miles (which makes a big loop between the mile repeat and recovery) back up to the top which makes it feel like you never get a recovery. The uphill felt almost harder to me than the mile repeats yesterday and when it felt really hard I would say to myself—> I GET to do this which switches my brain to gratitude instead of thinking about how tired I am.
After the 4 MTC miles we then did 200m strides (fast but not a sprint) in the parking lot. My 200m strides were done at a slower pace than the miles—> my legs were DONE.
10.67 miles for the day and I might just call yesterday my long run for the week again:).
I was going to wait to talk about these shorts until my Friday Favorites post but I couldn’t wait another 24 hours to talk about them. THESE babies are my new favorite running shorts ever and they will accompany me for every race and workout in temperatures 28 degrees and above.
They feel like they are painted on my body. They are so incredibly comfortable and did not budge at all during the entire workout. The material is nicer than my other pairs that look like this (they are a bit more expensive than the others too but you really can tell the difference in the fabric). The high waistband is so comfortable and you can fit your phone in the back pocket along with the side pockets to hold all of your gels or whatever else you need. The 5 inch length is perfection. They come in pink and black too and now those two colors will be in my dresser in 5-7 business days and I cannot wait. PS they fit true to size!
Skye was very thrilled with the fact that she now has some scissors that are safe for her to use. I love this little set for them to use when they are about this age:)
And Beck just woke up with all of the smiles. In January and February Andrew was actually doing 4 shifts a week (if you signed on to do that you got an extra bonus) so this 3 shifts a week thing feels much better this month already and he gets to see Beck’s smiles in the mornings again more often.
The weather was amazing yesterday which meant we were outside most of the day.
Steak tacos happened for dinner and I’m already looking forward to eating these leftovers for lunch today. Each night for dinner we try to make enough for us to have for our lunches the next day too.
Random topic today but do you have a favorite lotion or moisturizer?
-Utah is SOOO dry so I love to try different products. This stuff is my current favorite.
What are you having for dinner tonight or what did you have for dinner last night?
Did you run track or cross country in high school? Did you have any desire to run in high school?
Something that you ate before a run that DIDN’T agree with your stomach on the run?