After a week of stay-cationing, I’m back to the blog.
The stay-cation was lovely, but it had to end, and it ended with walking into a TON of emails and paperwork at the office on Monday, so there’s that. However, while it lasted it was pretty great. I spent a lot of it outdoors, between running, biking, and driving with the top down everywhere. The weather was also pretty darn good! I also took care of all those silly “adult” things that are a pain in the butt to schedule during work weeks: eye exams, dentists, doctors, oil changes. You know, the fun stuff. I also added some apartment hunting in there, but that part wasn’t successful…. Yet. I’ve still got time (my lease is up at the end of August – but hey, that subject’s a post for another day).
My running over the week was pretty much at my favorite time of day: after an easy wake up, but still early – so I usually got going between 8-9am. I will say, though, that my legs have been feeling kinda heavy, though they really shouldn’t be tired out.
However, this Monday, I decided to take my usually-on-the-treadmill intervals out on the streets (for added pain LOL).
And I was so pleased with my results!
As you can see, my usual intervals are 0.25/0.75/0.50/0.25/0.25 with walking breaks of 0.25 mi in between each, to equal 3.25 mi total. That is my normal – and the goal is always to just run harder than I do when I take a normal jog. On the treadmill I have specific settings I like to use, outdoors, I just run harder than I otherwise would. For the first two intervals, I was breathing hard but not panting. By the last three, I was hands-in-the-air panting after the interval. However, I am SUPER EXCITED that my efforts were rewarded with good times. I should say that my last interval (the 8:06) was downhill, so that is not an accurate measure. The effort was more like the 9 min mile prior.
This made me think that I really need to keep this up – and maybe start stretching my intervals out to, say, 5 miles of intervals instead of 3. I’m feeling an unusual need to make a change right now: my body isn’t super happy with me and is sticking with an extra 10lbs that I usually lose around half marathon time, and I feel heavy and fluffy. Maybe this feeling like I need to try to be faster is going to help – the motivation certainly can’t hurt. I have three more 5k’s on the horizon this summer (all three in July!), so I’m hoping that I can keep pushing the pace just a smidge each time. The next one scheduled is a toughy with hills (Milltown Firecracker 5k), so we shall see how that goes.
Oh, and during vacation week I ALSO completed my first virtual 5k, to support my Skirt Sisters running out in Colorado. Super fun!
It is lightweight, flirty and fun, AND the shorties underneath are the absolute perfect length for me – 5.5”. They stay put and have great pockets. I loved the Gym Girl Ultra before, but the Cascade is my new favorite. Right now, the waist and leg length just work a little better for my extra fluff. New fave for sure.
Also got my Skirt Sports Ambassador top so I can finally represent!
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Next up: Since I’ve got the motivation and am apparently in the mood for a challenge, time to try out some new fun things while training. What is your favorite speed workout? Tell me your secrets!