Morning! I am feeling pretty proud of myself this morning because I woke up before work both today AND yesterday to get my workouts in! It’s always such a struggle for me to wake up, but when I do, I’m always so happy and energized throughout the day. Yesterday’s workout was just an easy 3 mile run, so I did exactly that – 3 miles at 6.0 on the treadmill in 30 minutes. I did a 5 minute walk to cool down, and then I stretched! Go me. 🙂
Today was the hardest run of the week – speed work. I know that speed work is essential if I want to improve my speed, but man – its rough. Today was 400 repeats, which if you’re like me and have no idea what that is, it means running 400 yards (about .25 miles) at a fast pace, followed by a rest, and then repeating. Today called for 5, but towards the end of the training plan I’ll have to do 10! I don’t even want to think about that.
I did the 400 repeats on the treadmill, here is what I did:
- 10 minutes warmup at 6.0 mph
- .25 miles at 7.0 mph (8:34 pace)
- .25 miles at 5.8 mph recovery (10:20 pace)
- Repeat 4x
- Cool down for 5 minutes at 5.5 mph
In the end, I covered 3.63 miles in 35 minutes and burned 506 calories according to my Polar FT7 HRM. It was pretty tough, especially during the last repeat, but I did it. And, I stretched afterwards AGAIN. I am really bad about stretching, but since it’s one of my January Goals plus something I should just get in the habit of anyway, I’ve been making a conscious effort to do it. And you know what? It’s not so bad.
In the spirit of random thought Wednesday, I had one of my quinoa burgers for dinner last night and it was amazing. I had frozen 2 of them when I made that first batch, and let me tell you, they are just as good defrosted as they are fresh. If you haven’t tried these yet, do it.
These are probably my favorite recipe of 2010. Easily.
Final thought from me for today – I am so on top of some things, and so behind on others – specifically taking care of my car. In Virginia, you have to get a safety inspection every year, and an emissions test every two. My safety inspection on my car expired in October 2009 (yes I typed that correctly) and the emissions check expired in October of 2010, a few months ago. Last night I had to run over to the Toyota by my house and somehow ended up getting in for an inspection and also somehow passed both. The guys there couldn’t believe how expired my inspection was – they said they’d never seen such a thing. Oops!
Are you good about stretching? Is there anything in your life that you are a little negligent about?