Workout Wednesday

Hello!

Today’s workout was a 2 mile warm up, 5 X 1 mile (with 400 recoveries), and a 2 mile cool down. My goal range for the mile repeats was 6:10 to 6:20 pace. Daniel and I got up early and headed over to the track to meet Rebecca. Rebecca and I showed up wearing pretty much the exact same outfit. There for a while, people were always getting us confused so we have been known to show up to a race wearing the same outfit before just to throw everyone off. But today was definitely not planned. Great minds think alike 🙂

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On to the workout … I know I have mentioned before that track workouts can be a bit of a mental struggle, but today was much better! I think that just having Rebecca and Daniel there made a huge difference. None of us were doing the same workout (Rebecca did a ton of 400s, Daniel did 800s and I did mile repeats), but we were all still there sharing the “experience” together. Misery loves company, right?

The other thing that I did differently today was listen to my iPod. I usually do this in races, as it helps me to mentally zone out and just enjoy the race, so it makes perfect sense that it would help me in a workout as well. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that until now! I typically try to reserve iPod use for “special occasions,” like a race, so that I don’t get too dependent on having it, but mile repeats definitely deserved something special.

My splits were 6:15, 6:10, 6:09, 6:13 and 5:58. I was very pleased with how that workout went!

I came home and made myself a yummy smoothie. I just found these at the grocery store last week and they say “new” so I think I am onto something cutting edge here. For anyone else who is lazy in food preparation (I mean, yes I am working on it, but you didn’t really think I was going to “prepare” more than one meal a day, right?) … these things are awesome! They are basically tiny little pieces of all natural fruits and veggies mixed with some greek yogurt that you just add juice to and shake up. It creates a smoothie with a really good consistency and none of the mess.  I’ve been adding protein powder and water, since I am doing them after a run or workout, and that seems to work just as well. They definitely get the Sam stamp of approval for a healthy treat!

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In other exciting news, we booked our flights to New York for the marathon in November. I am registered for the race, the rooms are booked and paid for and now the flights are booked and paid for .. things are getting real! There are several runners from our area heading up for the race, so it will be really nice to have a good group to train with and travel with. I haven’t ever been to New York before, so I am really excited about the trip in general. We should have a few extra days to take in some of the sights. I hope that we get to go ice skating in Central Park (I guess we should probably wait until after the race for that though)!

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Yesterday evening, Daniel and I met at the Verizon store after work to get our phones upgraded. Mine took a little swim last weekend and is still holding in there, but thankfully we were due for an upgrade anyway. We have both been rocking the iPhone 4 for a while now, so it is time to step it up, although I must say I have grown quite fond of the nice, petite size of the 4. I am not super excited about the size of the 6, but at least I don’t have to get the 6+! Daniel is switching it up completely and going with a Samsung. Craziness.

I also did a little Blue Apron cooking yesterday. We had lamb and risotto-style ditalini pasta with spring onions and green beans for dinner. Like all of the other meals thus far, it did not disappoint!

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Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. I’ve got a busy day of reading planned and a baby shower to go to later this evening. It’s a rough life, I know. But hey, I am soaking up every minute of my free time until it is back to the “real world” next month. Well, back to the part-time real world at least 😉

Gotta run!

6 thoughts on “Workout Wednesday

  1. Sam, kudos to you on those mile repeats today – woo hoo! You know, I’ve started using my music during longer speed workouts, as well (yesterday was 2 x 2 mile), and I think it really does help me, too. Like you, I usually reserve my music for races and maybe toward the end of a long run; not sure why I hadn’t thought to bring it along for speed work, too! I recently noticed these Shakers at the grocery store; I’m glad you like them! I’ll have to grab one and try it soon. Hope you’re having a great afternoon!

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  2. That’s a tough workout, particularly in the summer heat! Congrats on making it through. As for the iPod, I like how you reserve it for tough workouts and races. It’s probably more powerful and effective that way! I use my iPod in marathons only and I look forward to getting to run with music.

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