I had a moment tonight.
I was running from track practice to the bar (cool down) while munching on a Larabar. Eating and running while preparing to drink. Yep, these three activities really are generally how I spend my time. And I love it.
People sometimes ask why I spend so much time on this blog. This is why. I love having an outlet where I can talk about all of the things that I’m passionate about. And make friends with so many cool people that I would have never otherwise connected with.
(And who don’t mind that I show up at the bar covered in sweat from my workout.)
Today’s EAT: The hubs ordered Thai food tonight and I tucked into a plate when I got home:
Spicy basil fried rice and a little side of crispy duck. Crispy duck is possibly the most delicious thing ever, although I try not to eat it too often because it’s basically fried fat. Still…so delicious.
Today’s DRINK: After a couple of classes of wine at the bar, I decided I could splurge and have just one more beer to sip at home tonight:
Anchor Summer Beer, which surprisingly I don’t think I’ve ever had! It’s kinda lemony, but growing on me. On a hot day with some good seafood, it would be a nice pairing!
Today’s RUN: Now that “short race season” is over, phrases like “pace recognition workout” and “grind-it-out effort” have re-entered coach’s vocabulary. That means longer workouts. Oh, hooray.
Tonight’s track workout really wasn’t much longer, distance-wise, than most of the track workouts we’ve done this year, but somehow it felt like looking at a ton of bricks when I first saw it.
The assignment: 5 X 1000M at 5K pace with 200M recovery. True 5K pace was stressed: for me, that would mean an honest 6:30 to 6:40 pace, none of this “well, let’s run 6-flat just because it’s the track and I can.”
The results: Hey, guess who kept the pace spot on? Actually, this really felt like a “cruise” workout. The intervals were relatively long, and I fought more against boredom than physical fatigue. I think that was part of the point of the workout.
1000M – 4:08 – 6:36 pace
1000M – 4:10 – 6:40 pace
1000M – 4:07 – 6:35 pace
1000M – 4:07 – 6:35 pace
1000M – 4:11 – 6:41 pace
That last one was a little meh, but honestly I think I just overcompensated a little. I kept telling myself, going into the last repeat, that I didn’t need a sprint finish, that 80-second quarters weren’t the point, that I shouldn’t leave it all out on the track tonight. Why? Because Thursday night we have a 7-mile tempo that will almost certainly be a shit-show, and I didn’t want to fry my legs in advance of it.
Overall, I felt good about this workout. (Total with warm-up, cool-down, etc = ~7.5 miles.) My legs are still reeling a little from Friday’s long run and a 53-mile week last week, but the point tonight was to dial in a set pace and cruise, and I was able to do that. I’ll take it.
Today’s QUESTION: Have you ever met up with other bloggers or tweeps or other online friends? I actually have a lot of wonderful friends that I’ve met online over the years. 🙂 I used to be sort of shy about admitting that, but nowadays I embrace it! Yep, I’ll let my Nerd Flag fly high and proud!