Todays Workouts- AM- 11 miles total with 3 by 3 miles at 6:20-25 pace. PM- 3 miles easy on the treadmill (not done yet)
Sunday evening when I saw todays workout on the schedule for the week I have to say I was a bit surprised. I thought “Really Mr. Hadley, we are going there already?” Then I got excited, like real excited. We are going there already. I’ve done this workout twice before but never this early in a training cycle. It’s a perfect workout for me, someone with a strong endurance disposition. I prefer to do this type of workout alone and in my own neighborhood where I know all the mile markers by heart. Once you mentally get over the idea of running 3 mile repeats you can really settle into a nice groove and enjoy it. The recovery time is short for this distance (3 minutes) so you feel as though you are tricking your body into 9 miles of marathon pace work. I loooved this workout. I ran in my Nike Pegasus trainers and averaged 6:22, 6:23, & 6:23 for the three sets.
After my cool down I drank a huge glass of green tea with honey and milk. I read about it in the book pictured below and have been drinking/craving it since. Which leads me to listing my favorite things as of lately. A few days ago I took my youngest to the library to borrow a book on Baby Tigers and saw this sitting next to the check out. I grabbed it like it was a Wonka Chocolate Golden Ticket and had my son check it out for me. I have read Matt Fitgeralds other book “Racing Weight” and loved the advice. This book, titled “The New Rules of Marathon and Half Marathon Nutrition” is a bit broader and covers many of the current debates that we read so many conflicting information about (sugar, carbs, caffeine?!?!) so if you have the time, it’s well worth the read.
After the girls night in party I talked about in my last blog entry I went to Trader Joes to buy the same whole wheat pizza dough they used that night. It was my first trip to Trader Joes in years because the one in Arlington, VA was always so horribly crowded that I never wanted to go back. So I drove to TJ’s, spent over $100, got in my car, drove home, and realized I forgot the pizza dough. Alrighty then. I did, however, find the best salad, sandwich, veggie dip ever and it has an exciting name- “Cilantro Salad Dressing” I alone went through an entire bottle in 5 days.
My next favorite thing is completely un-running or health related. The Mr. has been traveling for work and while I usually lean towards the gritty “guy” shows I started Season 2 of Girls and fell in love with it. I watched the entire season 2 in three days, staying up way too late. While it’s about 4 girls in New York City it is not another Sex and the City. It’s a bit uglier, darker, cheaper, but HYSTERICAL. I considered the hours watching and laughing with my legs up as running recovery.
My last and probably best find is the Roller Recover R8 that I had asked about in my last post. Here is the website (http://www.rollrecovery.com/r8/) but I picked mine up at Running, Etc. here in Virginia Beach or Norfolk. It looks like a torture device and the first time you use it, it will feel like a torture device but I promise stick with it. I had a huge knot in my thigh and had tears rolling it out. The following day it hurt terribly but now the muscle is completely smooth. I’ve been using it every day except the days I am sore from drills or speed. It is a very pricey investment but I strongly believe it’s worth it.
Like always, Thanks for reading. Hope you are having a great week and Happy Running Day!