The Need for Speed

Tuesdays are for speed workouts and Thursdays are for tempo runs, right?? Not this week, apparently. After an intense 4 x 600m, 4 x 400m workout on Tuesday, I ran a moderate 6 miles with Alma on Wednesday. My legs were feelin’ a leeetle tired, but good enough to do Thursday’s workout. I arrived at my apartment about 30 minutes before I needed to leave for practice and I was d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g. I didn’t have time for a nap, but I DID have time for a snack. I sliced up a Golden Delicious apple and ate it with several spoonfuls of peanut butter. I was a little bit worried about how this 350+ calorie snack would affect my stomach during a workout, but it ended up being completely fine!

apple and pb

Around 6:45pm, I headed out the door and ran about 3 or so miles for a warm-up. After grouping up with the team in Central Park, we tackled the workout: 4 x 1 mile repeats w/ 400m recovery (First 2 @ 10k pace, Last 2 @ 5k pace). Yikes. I’m used to doing tempo runs on Thursdays (a.k.a. comfortably hard effort), so these mile repeats felt hard and fast the whole time. In fact, last night felt like I was racing. When I finished the 10k pace miles, I thought to myself “How could I ever string together 6.2 miles at this pace?!?!

 Luckily I had some great teammates to keep me company during this workout 🙂

  • Mile 1 – 6:48
  • Mile 2 – 6:49
  • Mile 3 – 6:22 (downhill!)
  • Mile 4 – 6:45 (ehh, this is a guestimate – Shelby and I started at the wrong spot).

After a 2 mile cool-down (10 miles  total) and a quick subway ride downtown, I met a friend for a scoop of vegan ice cream at Lula’s. Ice cream after a workout? Yup, it’s summer. It happens.

No camera (I was running!!), but please accept this photographic stand-in circa July 2009.

ice cream

I chugged a lot of water and green tea to re-hydrate and then whipped up a simple smoothie using a frozen banana, blueberries, POM juice, Fage Greek yogurt, and a big scoop of peanut butter. Fruit? Check. Protein? Check. Carbs? Check. Healthy fat? Check! Yay, smoothies. I downed this glass in about 90 seconds.


My stomach was still feeling a little hungry so I had not one, but two Fiber One chewy bars. These are delicious, but I’m not sure anyone needs 18 grams of fiber at once. Just sayin’….

Fiber one

I’m planning easy mileage for Friday and Saturday because on Sunday….dum de dum…I’m doing a 3-mile 4th of July race in my hometown. I started running this back in 2000, right after freshman year of high school and if I play my cards right, this might be my fastest year yet. Sub-20:00 or bust! Stay tuned for a race report 🙂

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Question: What’s your favorite BBQ/Cook-out/Picnic food?

  • It’s a rare, generally out-of-character treat, but I really like pulled pork from a whole pig with a really good dry rub on it and a good vinegar-based sauce (and yes, I’m from the South). Happy 4th!

  • Awesome work last night.

    Completely random question, that I’m sure you’ve answered many times before … but, given your foodie talent, knowledge and passion, have you ever thought of becoming a chef or going to culinary school? 🙂

  • Peanut butter AND apples definitely make my stomach upset, so I would have been in the bathroom instead of running! I find ClifBars and Luna Bars very reliable fuel (though not “clean” like apples and PB). Nice workout…glad you surprised yourself. I am so jealous of your mileage right now!!! and that you have a group to run with!!

  • Jacqui

    Just wait – in a few years there will be studies showing that runners who consume ice cream and yogurt products in excess train better. I called it now!!

  • hahaha 18 grams!! My tummy would BE KILLING ME. so would my toilet!! LOVE that you like skippy natural – i love it!

  • I love that you eat ice cream after workouts! I need to try it sometime 🙂 And I totally second what Jacqui said! Oh and my favorite bbq food would probably be a cheeseburger…mainly because I rarely ever eat them. And I love pretty much ANY kind of dip! Mmm…too bad I don’t have any cookouts in my near future 🙁

  • mmm fage. hahaha i totes had some of those oats & choco bars a few weeks ago. a bit heavy for my liking though… you have me hooked on nature valley pb!

  • Nice workout! Hmm cookout foods – I love grilled corn on the cob and steak. mmmm.

  • WATERMELON. That’s my favorite summer food in general though.

    Way to go on that intense run! I’d LOVE to have a 6:22 mile.

  • Watermelon is my favorite summer food too, can’t get enough of it when it’s in season. Wow, great run!

  • My favorite picnic foods are always the desserts!!!