Running is my drug

C-r-a-n-k-y. That’s what I was last night. In fact, that’s how I’ve been feeling all  week. On Monday I headed straight home after work and climbed in bed with a jar of nutella and a book. It felt good to take a rest day, but it did nothing for my bad mood. I was feeling lethargic and blah yesterday…definitely not in the mood for a track workout. I’ve said it many times, but I’ll say it again – I’m probably only motivated and excited to run about 50% of the time. The other half of the time I really have to convince and cajole myself. But you know what? It always makes me feel better. As Ke$ha would say: Running is my drug. It’s a natural anti-depressant!

As I warmed up to the East River Track (about ~2 miles), I gave myself a little pep talk. I think at points I was actually talking to myself aloud. Luckily, I blended in with all the other crazy New Yorkers talking to themselves.

 When Coach described this interval workout, it sounded h-a-r-d. I’m not going to lie – just hearing about what we were in store for made me want to lie down in the grass and take a nap. Fortunately, I did not do that.

Yesterday’s assignment was a ladder workout:

  • 400m, 600m, 800m, 1000m @5k pace with 200m recovery (400m recovery after the 1000m)
  • 800m, 600m, 400m @3K pace with 200m recovery

And here’s how it went down -

Activity Reps Distance Duration Pace
Warm Up 1 x 2.14 mi 00:19:00 8:52 min/mi
Intervals 1 x 400 meters 00:01:34 6:18 min/mi
Intervals 1 x 600 meters 00:02:24 6:26 min/mi
Intervals 1 x 800 meters 00:03:09 6:20 min/mi
Intervals 1 x 1000 meters 00:03:55 6:18 min/mi
Intervals 1 x 800 meters 00:03:04 6:10 min/mi
Intervals 1 x 600 meters 00:02:17 6:07 min/mi
Intervals 1 x 400 meters 00:01:24 5:37 min/mi
Recovery Run 1 x 1 miles 00:12:00 12:00 min/mi
Cool Down 1 x 3 miles 00:25:00 8:20 min/mi

 

I was pretty pleased with this workout. I ended up leading my group for most of the intervals and that helped me to focus on the pace. I was also able to get faster for the second half of the workout – hooray! Afterwards I was so much happier – I practically skipped out of the track and on to my cool-down.

Even better than a successful track workout?? Ice cream with the team! We stopped at Lula’s Sweet Apothacary on E. 6th St and since I didn’t have a camera with my sweaty-self, please accept this stand in (from the last time I went):

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge ice cream (made with cashew milk)!

Lula's vegan ice cream

Ice cream is delicious, but of course I needed some additional fuel when I got home -

Wasa crackers topped with nutella and sliced banana and a bowl of strawberries with Greek yogurt.

nutella and banana

And then I attacked the peanut butter jar as I packed my breakfast and lunch for the next day. Ehhh, no veggies in sight. Good thing I had a salad for lunch!

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