intervals

Well, That Was Dumb.

You wanna know what’s a really bad idea? Running 3 miles of ┬áintervals in the sun, in nearly 80 degree heat after completing 30 minutes of weights at the gym. That’s what’s a really bad idea. I literally crawled up my front steps. I’m not sure whether I should be worried that none of my neighbors seemed concerned…

Sweaty mess after my harsh run.

Sweaty mess after my harsh run.

Here’s how the crazy unfolded – My gym is 3 miles from my house. I thought “I need to run and do weights today. I’ll run to the gym, do weights, then run home!” Then I thought “That’s 6 miles. That’s crazy.” So I had my husband drop me off at the gym on his way into work this morning so I would only have to run home. It seemed like a good idea.

I did several leg machines first so they’d have a chance to rest before I ran home. Then I did 5 minutes on the stair machine (for my butt), and several arm machines. It was really hot at the gym and really crowded too, so I decided to leave and do abs at home. When I first started off, I could just tell I felt really slow. My Run Keeper app wasn’t even running for the first quarter of a mile. I had a bad feeling about this from the very beginning. I set out to do 3 miles of 2 minutes “slow” (about 10 min per mile pacing) followed by 1 minutes of “fast” running (about 8:30 pacing). By my fourth “slow” interval, I was walking. By my sixth “fast” interval I was walking those too. Then there was that whole collapse-on-the-front-steps-and-crawl-to-the-door episode.

Whomp. Whomp.

Whomp. Whomp.

What was I thinking?? Seriously. That was miserable. ┬áI even had one “fast” interval that was a 17:16 pace. Ha!

I will never again do speedwork after weights.

I did do abs at home at least. And that wasn’t as bad as I thought.

Have you ever made a bad workout decision?

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An Ode to Spring Wind.

I hate wind.

I hate it on a cold day.

I hate it in sunny May.

hate it in my face.

It messes up my pace.

I hate it on hill.

I hate it like a dentist’s drill.

So very many miles per hour.

Takes away this runner’s power.

I think you should go away.

Don’t ever again come out to play!

 

Dr. Seuss got nothing on me!

20mph winds are no joke. This is now my second run in a row with really strong winds. I know it’s making me stronger in the end, but it messes up all of my running plans! Tuesday was supposed to be an easy 4 miles, and it was a hard 4 miles. Today was supposed to be a hard 3 miles and it was super hard!

Before I jump into my run today, I should mention my sister’s run! Despite a nasty cold, she still ran with me today! I am so proud of her for sticking to it, come snow or sickness. Today I mentioned signing up for a 5k in mid June. She was a little skeptical, but I know she’ll be able to do it. Don’t worry, I’ll convince her to run a 5k sooner or later.

Back to my run. Today I had a hard 3 miler scheduled. After I ran with my sister, I got back on the trail and set up an interval run on my Run Keeper app. I actually just used the same workout I’ve been running with my sister but set it to repeat continuously.

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Here’s the breakdown:

Mile 1 – Yay! This is fun! I feel so good and warmed up after a short easy run with my sister! It’s warm out! Going downhill! Yippee!

Mile 2 – I am going to die. The wind is going to blow me off the trail, into the golf course and I’m going to run over by a golf cart. What is this hill? I hate hills. It’s cold out now. It’s cold and I’m running as fast as I can, uphill, into a 20 mph wind gust. Why would I even do that??

Mile 3 – Alright, suck it up. Almost done. Just get this over with.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to summer. To warm, and less wind, and sunshine. I don’t mind speedwork, but enough of this wind already! Come on summer! I need you!