Workout – speedwork. this continues to be one of my favorite workouts. I look forward to its arrival every week. it holds a special place in my heart. it gives me butterflies thinking about it. and makes me nervous before I do it. everytime. like I will fail to perform. and I remind myself that there is no failure to perform when you are running and setting goals and making them happen. the second I put those running sneaks on and hit the road or the treadmill, I have succeeded. the rest is up to my legs and my arms and my body and my lungs to see how far they can take me that day. I have all the tools. you have all the tools. I just need to use them. and I need to push them to work hard. they won’t just do it on their own. I used them today. here’s how the speed went…on the treadmill.
1 mile warmup @ 7:45
5 repeats of:
.5 mile @ 6:00 pace, 2 min jog, .25 mile @ 5:49 pace, 2 min jog, .25 mile @ 5:49, 2 min jog
.25 mile cool @ 8 min pace (all I had time for)
10 miles total
I tested out the Mizuno Musha for this run.
rockin’ some lulu, speedskirt(love it) and musha’s(did me good)
I’m deciding between these for a racing flat…
Saucony A5, Mizuno Musha, Mizuno Ronin
I’ve kind of ruled out the Ronin, just because I think the Musha looks supercool. it’s very important to pick running shoes based on look. I promise you won’t get injured and you will have fantastic runs. 😉 I will give the ronin a try on the treadmill. I might be surprised. I still need to try those Saucony type A5, and see what I think. then I will decide for sure.
This was a good run. I probably could have done 2 more repeats, but I didn’t have time and ten miles works for me. I’m REALLY trying to pay close attention to what is going on with my legs right now. I’m starting to have just a tad bit of pain in my right shin that I don’t want to blow up into something big. I’m figuring it out and considering taking a few days off from running completely and just doing crosstraining. Tomorrow is a rest day. Saturday is up in the air for a long run. It might be long run more along the lines of a stepmill/elliptical/stairmaster/repeat type long run. you say that’s not a long run, I say don’t put the long run in a box. let it be what it wants to be. if that’s a stairmaster this week, so it shall be. it will be something long. 22 days left and counting. I’m also being a good runner and icing.
and reading about why our American diet is so messed up and why we need so much help figuring out how to do such a basic thing as eat. I haven’t gotten very far, but I’m liking it.
So speaking of food – I would love to share with you some of the foods I am liking on a daily basis. In general, but also as a marathon approaches, I really like to make an effort to eat clean, healthy, very low sugar and unprocessed foods. Making sure to include things like healthy, natural fats, protein, fiber and whole grains. I like simple, basic, no fuss stuff that I can throw down the hatch.
Take a look…
This is usually my breakfast. one egg. some eggwhites. sometimes some flax. which you’ll find further on down the list. happy morning.
I just came across this article in RW about why eggs are so amazing for runners. Read it HERE.
Red Peppers, Avocados, Green Onions
(the following pics of food information are from my new cookbook – Power Foods, from amazon.com)
and they have more potassium than a banana. move over banana. hand me an avocado.
Green onions are my new favorite lunch time accessory.
Bell peppers. so sweet. so crispy. something I’ve noticed – if you get rid of most of the processed sugar in your diet, things like bell peppers and other veggies almost taste THAT much better. the flavors explode in your mouth. maybe that’s just me. like the 4th of July in your mouth. I enjoy it. red are my favorite. even more so when I can enjoy them in season for only $1.99 a lb, instead of $3.99 a lb.
Apples and Cashews
perfect snack. healthy fats, fiber and protein.
My go to protein powder as of late. shake it up with some almond milk and flaxseed. protein packed deliciousness.
Almond Milk (unsweetened)
Dairy free, lots of calcium. good stuff.
it’s really good on anything. but the floor. not so tasty. hummus casualty.
I’m a big fan. I have acquired the taste for really dark chocolate. like above 80% dark. so many good things about it.
Some of my basic faves. What are some of yours???
How was your workout today?
Do you ice regularly? Stretch regularly? Roll? Do anything else regularly that would be of particular interest to me?