The plan was a gym workout on Wednesday & Thursday (excellent timing for the two coldest days of the week!) but Thursday's workout was scrapped early Wednesday when I found my coworkers had planned a farewell dinner for me. My last day isn't until next Wednesday, but with the normal month-end hectic schedule it was the last chance we'd have before then.
I've been experimenting this week with eating a bit more - about 200 more calories a day - which worked out well since I was for some reason feeling really hungry all week. I had a pretty normal breakfast & light lunch Wednesday and started feeling hungry again in the late afternoon. Knowing I
I started off with 20 minutes on the bike - about 5 miles - then did weights (biceps, triceps, core & chest) and decided to bookend my weight training with some more cardio, so I hopped on the treadmill for another 10 minutes.
2) I've been reading a book on improving your running training (more on that another time) and learning about some different ways of doing speed workouts. The one with the funny name - FARTLEK - is actually a thing - it's Swedish or something and it means "speed play." I decided to try it out on the treadmill where it seemed safer and I could easily control my speed without having to stare at the Garmin. This was, in fact, kind of fun! I started out with an easy 5.0 mph speed to warm up for a few minutes, then periodically changed up the speed. 5.5, 5.8, 6.0, 5.2, then 5.5 again, etc. My mind began to wander, as it often does while running, and I remembered my miles challenge for 2013. Specifically, my mother assigned me 20 miles, even more specifically, 20 miles at a sub-11-minute pace. I'll have to check the logs, but I've gotten only 2 or three so far at that speed. I'd planned to run just 10 minutes but realized if I settled in around the 5.8 mph pace I might get another one in before the end of January! Sure enough...
I don't know if my mother is a regular reader of this blog (thought I suspect she may be), but I'm happy to report another sub-11 mile for her. So mom, if you read this, this one was for you!
|Well, you can't really see the time... but if you squint you can see the bottom of the 0 in 10:30...|
To be continued...