Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Speed Work on Way to Go Wednesday

More Speed Work
This morning the alarm went off way way too early for my liking, and it was even 10 minutes later than normal. But, I had a rundate with my running buddy for some 800's.

Today was the first cool run of the season too. We had actually texted about being strong and not giving in to the urge to wear too much clothing. Your mind says, "Hey dummy, it's cold." But you know, you know, you know you're going to get hot.

So, I pulled out my shorts, a short-sleeved top last night. This morning, my brain kicked in and I grabbed my arm sleeves at the last minute. I stepped out and it definitely felt chilly - 54 degrees according to house thermostat.

I felt suddenly smug about my decision to wear the sleeves. The, a mere half a mile later, not so smug. I was sweating already. Sweating? 54 degrees? Yep. And I'm sure I'll repeat this error a few more times before I learn.

Luckily, my piriformis problems weren't flaring up quite as bad as yesterday. Instead, it was causing a very dull ache in my low back on the same side as the rear-end issues. Definitely related. I had already told "A" that I wasn't sure how many 800's I could do, but I'd give it my best effort.

I managed to get in 4 today. Not quite as fast as last week, but pretty consistent at least: 3:42, 3:44, 3:41, 3:44. I called it quits after 4 because I knew I was going to end up pushing too far, too hard. "A" did another 2 sets while I headed back home.

I ended up with a pretty good 6.5 miles. I guess it was as pleasant as it gets for doing speed work ;-) At least you do have that feeling of accomplishment though.

Today was crazy insane busy at work, but I did get in a great lunch with my running buddy. She just happens to work in the building diagonal from me. We walked over to this great little vegetarian place downtown called 4-Square Gifts. It's probably one of the only vegetarian-only places I can even think of actually.

I had a tofu and hummus wrap and she ended up getting the chickpea wrap that I almost always get. It was such a beautiful day out, perfect for a walk and great company as well. Plus, it is kind of fun to actually sit down and visit rather than trying only visit during our runs ;-)

Way to Go Wednesday
Rather than take you through my dinner, which will likely not be anything new, I thought I'd do the Way to Go Wednesday again. I think that's way more exciting and deserving than a picture of my food ;-)


Lindsay who has an amazing opportunity that will let her work with her hubby.

Jolene who tacked her own half marathon this week and kicked some major booty.

My dad who emailed me to say that he's been able to start running using the run/walk method. Very proud daughter!

Heather who had a great long run after several not so great ones.

Pavement Runner for taking on the Mt. Diablo Marathon, finishing top 10 AND 3rd in his age group.

Jen for an amazing post on being unapologetically strong.

Who would you like to give a thumbs up to today?

Daily To-Enjoy List:
Morning run
Lunch with friend
Gorgeous day