It has been a very interesting last couple of days. The weekend flew by and so did Monday as I never got around to posting.
Friday night Brian and I drove home to his parents house and went to a family bowling party. It was pretty awesome and we stayed out till after midnight. Saturday I woke up and felt hung over even though I didn't drink at all the night before. Also my left hip was sore from all the bowling so I took Saturday off from running.
Sunday I got up and made it out into the SUNSHINE for a wonderful run. My legs felt good and I really pushed the pace. 4.8 miles at 7:10min/mile pace and I was dying at the end. This run really helped me to realize that I am getting faster. I think the reason I haven't raced since last summer is because I lack the confidence. I was in such good shape 9 months ago and I set such high expectations for myself that I worry I wont be able to meet them. Although it was beautiful out, I didn't totally enjoy this run. I was just pushing hard and focusing on my legs. Slow steady runs really are more enjoyable because you can look at your surroundings and just relax.
Monday was a full cross training day. I went to the gym in the morning and finally learned how to use the new Ellipticals. I just glided along for 30 minutes while I read my book then jumped off and did some upper body weights. After work I met my best friend Kaylie at the gym for a yoga class. I didn't go last week and I could totally tell because my hips and hamstrings were so tight!
This morning I decided to run treadmill intervals instead of waiting for Wednesday (workout stolen from Lacey).
1 mile warm up
3x [400m, 400, 800m] with 90 seconds rest after each and 3 minutes rest between sets
0.5 mile cool down
And this workout killed me! I ran this workout at a much faster pace than the last time when I did the 600s and 800s workout. I think I ran it at about a 6:47 or 6:50 pace last time and this time I started at 6:35 pace but could not hold it. I scaled back to 6:40 for the second 800m and the final set. After the second set I stopped to walk because I thought I was going to throw up and my stomach hurt so much. I only did 400m for the last 800m because I was dying. It just wasn't a "good" feeling workout. I feel like I am running out of ideas for interval workouts!
Its been another busy day at work. Hope you all are having a fabulous week!