Today was peppered with little moments where the stars aligned. And also with some weird annoyances.
LUCKY: I took a little run this morning down to our kitty-sitter’s building so I could pick up our apartment keys from her doorman (*sniff*moving*sniff*). She happened to be picking up a package from the desk at the same time, so we got to say goodbye in person! What are the odds?
(And NYCers, if you’re ever looking for a great pet sitter, I highly recommend Becca at Katie’s Kitty. She’s been wonderful and Emmy and Parker are going to miss her dearly!)
UNLUCKY: I stepped straight in a steaming pile of dog shit while running. UGH.
LUCKY: In the shower, I realized that my shampoo bottle will run out just as I take my last shower in our apartment this week.
UNLUCKY: I ran today’s interval without with a horribly full bladder because the bathrooms at the track were closed. WTF, NYC Parks. It’s still August. I know it’s chilly today, but there’s no need to shutter everything up already.
The pack-and-move-a-thon continues around here. Helper Emmy has abandoned her box perch in favor of sleeping inside a hunk of Styrofoam packing material.
So bizarre, that one.
Today’s EAT: Track workout recovery fuel: a cupcake and french fries. Yup.
Some teammates pulled together a little farewell outing after practice today – so sweet. 🙂 Even though I’ve only known them for a few months, I love my CPTC buddies and will miss them so much. 😦
After a quick pit-stop to at Butter Lane pick up a cupcake or two, we headed to Pommes Frites in the EV and crammed eight sweaty bodies into a booth that I’m sure was meant for four people. And gorged on fresh, crisp Belgian fries and a glorious assortment of dipping sauces from pesto mayo to curried ketchup. It was awesome.
Yeah. Healthy balanced meals are kinda out the window this week. C’est la vie!
Today’s DRINK: Having sipped red the last couple of nights, I was ready for a glass of chilled white wine tonight!
This Catalado SB is nice and refreshing, but a bit too apple-y for my taste!
Today’s RUN: My legs felt pretty good heading in to tonight’s track workout. I think taking yesterday as a rest day was a great plan, as was logging 5 easy miles in the morning to shake things out. Doubles can be kind of a pain (hello….ever feel like all you do is run?) but done properly, they’re a great way to increase mileage!
Anyway…on to tonight’s track adventures.
The assignment: 4 X 1200M at 5K pace with 400M recovery. (400M recovery! Did you see that? We never get 400, always 200. Win!)
The results: Sweet negative splits!
1200M – 5:02 – 6:42 pace
1200M – 4:57 – 6:36 pace
1200M – 4:53 – 6:30 pace
1200M – 4:47 – 6:22 pace
This workout actually flew by, in spite of how nasty it looked on paper. Honestly, 1200s on a track are not exactly a picnic. They feel much closer to a mile than to a half-mile, in spite of being right in between.
But there was a cool breeze tonight and I felt good and finished strong. In spite of really having to pee for most of the workout. (Still kind of fuming about those bathrooms being locked!)
With my longish warm-up (3.5) + recovery and cool down (1.0), an 8.5 mile workout. Added on to my AM run for a total of 13.5 + change today.
Today’s QUESTION: Have you stepped in dog poo lately? Figuratively or literally? And I was wearing brand new running shoes, too. So gross.