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 –
|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)!
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.
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!
The latest from True/Slant – Pickles: Your new summer training buddy.
Question: If you there was a pill you could take to stay trim and be healthy, would you still work out?