Bad Math

Free (!!) coffee at Starbucks tomorrow. Bring in a reusable mug and get your morning brew gratis on April 15.


So after 72 hours of rest, I was itching to run again. Unfortunately my piriformis/IT band did not take well to nearly 3 days off. WTF?? I was extremely tight yesterday (probably from sitting at my desk all day) and the workout was not one of my best. Also, apparently I have remedial math skills and was unable to correctly figure out how far 1000m is on the ‘mill. For some reason, I assumed that 1000m = .67 mile. When I got home and used a calculator, I figured out that 1000m actually = .62 mile. Oops. That is reason #45678 why tracks > treadmills when it comes to speed workouts. I was way confused as I tried to calculate the intervals and recovery jog  (example: .67 mile fast + .25 mile recovery = .92 mile total, .92 mile + another .67 mile fast + another .25 mile recovery = gahh!!??)

Here’s what the workout ended up being:

  • 1.333 mile warm-up (~8:50 pace)
  • 5 x 1075m @ 5k pace (~6:44 pace) with 400m jog recovery
  • 1.5 mile cool-down (~8:50 pace)
  • Total: 7 miles in about 57 minutes

Today’s run was with the Wednesday Central Park crew – Jacqui and Megan! I ran for 1 hour, 16 minutes. I’m guessing it was somewhere between 8.5 and 9 miles? The weather was delightful – much better than last week’s 90+ degree temps.

IT band hurting? Mine is. And the foam roller is my new BFF.

Stressed out? Bad mood? Go for a run! It will make you feel better. Promise.

How to make speed workouts fun (yes, really!).

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Question: Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or Other??

  • Starbucks! But then again, there aren’t Dunkin Donuts in CO. I like their iced coffee when I visit friends on the East coast.

  • I struggle with TM intervals for the same reason! It’s hard to keep track of all the bits and pieces adding up and I end up stopping and re-starting it between every repeat because I’m too lazy to do the math. 🙂

    I don’t drink much coffee these days but when I did, I was on Team Starbucks. I might have to get one tomorrow though just because it’s free!

  • Hey Megan,

    Thanks for the linkback! I had ITBS this winter…are you doing PT? I find that that has made the biggest difference in my recovery from the exercises to the treatments like ultrasound and electric stimulation that they give you.

    I do like treadmill workouts when there’s no one with which to do track workouts because otherwise I fall waaay off pace! So there’s a small benefit, I think!

  • Caribou Coffee! Their coffee is always smooth and never bitter. I love it so much, I have the k cup versions at home to enjoy 🙂 Plus, it might not hurt that they have a lovely oatmeal on their menu too!

  • Starbucks for lattes (triple grande soy latte please) and DD for iced coffee!

  • Starbucks!!!!!! And thanks for the refill tip!
    Its funny you titled your post bad math. Yesterday I did a 4 mile tempo run + warm-up and cool down. I wanted to average my splits for the tempo part only and could NOT figure out how to averages the times bc it kept coming to a number out of 100. I felt so stupid! I eventually called my dad and he saved the day.

  • Kacey

    The IT bands (yes, both – – though usually they roate as to which one is tight) are the bane of my existance – – so I too seriously heart my foam roller!

  • now i’m just depressed that i paid for my starbucks this morning! i’m definitely a starbucks over dd girl – i think dunkin’s coffee tastes like water. i like it extra strong and extra bitter – kind of like my chocolate.

    hope your it band loosens up soon!

  • I’m a DD lover! But on an typicaly workday I stop in at the little cafe near my office – it’s make your own coffee for $1.75. Not too bad.

    I am going to give my foam roller another try to tonight – I don’t think I’m using it right.

  • Liz

    The meter to mile calculation gets me every time!! Random question – what pace do you do your recoveries on the treadmill for a workout like you described here? Thanks!

  • Ellen

    Starbucks! I seriously get a feeling of euphoria when I walk through the doors. The lattes are yum, but I think it’s the overall experience I’m paying for. HOWEVER, I do like Dunkin’s regular coffee better. I can’t pinpoint why exactly, but I did a taste challenge between the two one time and it came out the victor. AND Dunkin now has $1 lattes. I don’t think I will like them as much as my beloved Starbucks lattes, but anything for a buck is worth a try!

  • Ok, THANK YOU for the link to making speed workouts fun. I had one this morning – my first in about 9 months – and I’m not gonna lie, it hurt and I kind of hated it! I just cannot stand the treadmill! I need to find a track and STAT!

  • Hey Megan,
    I was wondering when you had/found time to work out the way you do every day! I feel like if I don’t work out in the morning than at night I’m so crunched for time in between dinner and sleep (main priorities haha). Tell a girl your secret!!
    Talk to you soon hun,

  • Gimme! Coffee if I am in Ithaca. Starbucks if I am in Binghamton.

  • Liz – my recovery jogs are usually quite slow, about ~10:30 mile pace.

    Jenny – haha, I’m not sure if I have a secret for fitting in workouts, but I have noticed that I get home later than the average person. I usually have a snack around 4 or 5pm, leave the office around 6pm, and run until 7:30pm or so. After I’m done showering at the gym and taking the subway home – it’s after 8:30pm. I usually don’t eat dinner till almost 9pm.

  • Haha, it IS funny how the treadmill makes runners have to do math. I’m terrible at it and always like going outside better!

  • Sara

    I’m SO pumped for the Starbucks giveaway, but there are plenty more today (including FREE Jamba Juice that lasts till the 25th). Another writer at my website wrote about it:

    Sorry to hear your ITB is a bit stiff- I can definitely relate. I took two solid weeks off from activity after the NYC Half and I’m just getting back on the elliptical. All this beautiful weather makes me want to get back to CPTC so soon!

  • jess

    support independent coffee places! especially in new york city where there are still many great ones

  • Starbucks all the way! My two runs this week weren’t that great either. Just one more reason to appreciate to good ones.

  • I prefer cute local coffee shops, but Starbucks is everywhere and conveneient. Duncan Donuts does have good coffee, too. If there’s coffee, I’m happy, so all of the above 🙂

  • Does anyone else like starbuck’s espresso but NOT the drip coffee? Maybe I am weird!?

    I prefer dunkin donuts drip!

  • I’m w/ meganerd. I prefer the lattes/mistos/etc from starbucks but STRONGLY prefer the hot drip coffee and ice coffee from dd

  • Lauren

    Dunkin Donuts all the way!! Everything from their original coffee, to lattes, muffins, and, of course, donuts(!!) beats Starbucks. I think its a hometown comfort thing though.