Thank you so much for your thoughts and comments on yesterday’s Lance Armstrong post. (If you haven’t checked it out yet, take a quick read and let me know what you think!)
Yesterday ended up being randomly productive. I fully intended to do my usual watch-two-tv-shows-blog-read-nap-navel-gaze-cook-dinner routine. Instead, Stephen and I found ourselves getting shizz done. I am now on our car’s registration, I have my own ESSO card, and I can get gas! Huzzah! Those tasks eluded me for months – all done in an hour. We did all that plus hit up the gym before lunch. Bam! ThatswhatImtalkingbout!
At le gym, Stephen took a spin on the stationary bike and did abs while I treaded it up. I had 12 (yes, 12!) quarter-mile sprints to do. I think quarter-mile intervals might just be my favorite. Sure, you gotta run ‘em fast, but the are over before you know it. But 12 seemed like a lot. My big worry (other than the fact that I’d get all tired and junk) was that I’d lose count. I ended up switching my towel from left to right on my treadmill with each interval. I put my towel on the left for odd number intervals and on the right for even-numbered ones. (I read this tip somewhere. I think it was on Daily Garnish, but don’t quote me on that.)
It ended up doing the trick. I never lost count. Add in all the recovery intervals between sprints, the warm-up, and the cool down, and I ended up hitting 6 miles in a little over an hour.
- 6 mile finish time: 1:04:??
- Average pace: 10:39 per mile
Upon leaving the gym, we swung by the post office to pick up a package. Low and behold, more running goodness – the Gu and Nuun I ordered!
One of the things I didn’t consider when training for a race in a different country was that I’d be without some of the creature comforts that I was used to. I had some Gu left over from my last training cycle, but not nearly enough to get me through the many miles that lay ahead. So glad this stuff made the trip across the pond quick quick quick.
(And I just gotta say, having my Gu flavor is one of those things that makes me feel like a runner. Only Chocolate Outrage for this lady.)
I’m double glad yesterday was so productive because today is turning out to be very white.
Snow, snow everywhere. Pretty to look at. Not fun to walk on, drive on, run on, etc on. Here’s hoping it vanishes before my 15 mile long run this weekend. Ya hear that snow? I’m putting you on notice! You got 24 hours to vamoose!*