I’m weirdly happy that you guys were intrigued by my laundry system. It’s really not complicated at all and when saying it aloud makes me feel silly because in the end everything gets washed together. Yes that’s right: whites, colors, line dry, washer friendly. All together. So far I haven’t ruined any clothes (or, more importantly because I’m about a billion feet tall, shrunk anything). The only thing that gets separately washed is sheets and towels. But that’s because they’re on a different schedule.
Briefly (and I can’t believe I’m writing about this on my *running* blog) : I have 3 laundry baskets
One for anything that can go into the dryer safely. One for things that MUST get line dried but are a worn once and done deal and one for work clothes that can be worn again (or things like jeans that duh can be worn again). Essentially it boils down to two baskets for workout clothes and one for regular clothes.
I feel silly typing that out. It kind of shows that I’m not quite all there? But I’m a runner so it goes with the territory.
Back to running though… and I might confirm that I’m not quite all there because I had on tap for today a tempo run. I guess this cycle Tuesdays are tempo days. I still hate tempos and still don’t really quite know what I’m capable of on any given day. Two weeks ago I ran my tempo @ 7:04 and last week was 7:16. I think that I should be going slower than that, ideally GMP which is 7:34, and I kind of knew that I wasn’t going to do that today. So the goal was to go and be in control for the tempo portion.
After a brief warm up (which was on the quick side) I dove right in. Because I know certain landmarks on the particular route that I ran too I was able to track my progress over the course of the tempo portion. After the fact of course as no Garmin for me (although THANKS to Megan for the Nike+ that I got in the mail yesterday 🙂 )
Like I said above the plan the past two weeks has been to do the tempo between HM and GMP. No different today. And luckily all the snow from yesterday had melted.
- Warm up
- 2.2 miles in 16:02 (7:17)
- 2.2 miles in 15:03 (6:50)
- 1.2 miles in 8:17 (6:54)
- Warm down
Grand total for the tempo is 5.6 miles in 39:22 mines which is a 7:01 pace with 13.3 miles total and an average of 8:08.
Well, I went too fast. Big surprise there, right? Normally I’d secretly be happy with it and I guess in the grand scheme of things I am really happy with that pace. It’s fast. But not quite a tempo workout. I mean, according to McMillian my tempo pace workouts should be between 6:53 and 7:11. And this was more faster. Obviously.
I’m also a bit disappointed on the whole “control” goal that I had. I felt in control for the first portion and probably should have stayed at that pace for the rest of the run but I saw 16:02 and thought (wrongly duh) that it meant 8:00 pace and sped up. The second portion then felt out of control and was way faster than it should be. Between the second and third portion I had to stop to cross a road and I couldn’t get a good feeling after that. The lactic acid had built up and those split seconds of not moving just attacked my legs. Still I got a good pace on that last 1.2 mile bit.
Overall I can’t lie and say that I hate this workout. I LOVE that I was able to run as fast as I could for as long as I did. I love that my hips and legs felt the lactic acid at the end (maybe more rolling later?) But I can’t lie and say it was a true tempo. I don’t really know what it is. Maybe it’ll tell my legs to run faster at WR and absolutely smash any notions that I might have for this race.
I guess we’ll see in <4 weeks. Eeep.
In addition to mega speed I felt sufficiently bad about my LACK of strength work the past few months (the last time I did lifting was…July? And core…August?) so I printed off some time efficient challenges: One Hundred Pushups and Two Hundred Situps. The gist of both challenges is that, over the course of 6 weeks, you should be able to do it. Sounds simple enough. I did the pushup one over the summer of ’09 and it was HARD. I think I repeated some of the later weeks so it took me 8 weeks total. But I did it.
I chose these challenges because it wasn’t as time intensive as going to the gym (not that I have a membership) and I didn’t feel bad about not doing 45-60 minutes of lifting. Today only took 10 minutes and because I was following a program I didn’t feel bad about it at all. I’m starting with Week 1 Day 1 (W1D1) and column 3 (I didn’t do the initial test but I know that I’m strong enough to do the last column)
Situps: 15,18,10,10,max (15)
I alternated doing pushup set 1 with situp set 1 until I was done with the whole thing. My arms feel like jello now! Guess it’s been far too long since I did this stuff. The funny thing is that when I looked at each set individually I thought “wow this is going to be easy” but I was breathing a little hard by the end. Probably because on a couple sets I did one or two more than I should. Hello hubris
But it was a good workout. And a great way to get back into … well I guess I’m rebuilding muscle now. Then it’s maintenance of it hahah. And it was a nice way to cap off a really hard speed session too. I’m at work right now and feel like I’m on top of the world 🙂
I’ll leave it at that because this post is long and maybe a bit rambly. Maybe it’s the wicked strong coffee and I’m out of focus (possibly reflective in the writing of the post!) but if you’ve made it this far you should check out the giveaways from Marcia and Lesley and Sam