Stats for 3/31:
Mile Intervals- 7:24, 7:26 and 7:29
Sunny Spring day, lots of characters on the trail, did not feel 100% but worked through it.
S- Speedwork and Spring:
- Do you want to skip speedwork days? Funny when I wake up and know it is speedwork day my brain starts thinking of reasons why I can not or should not do it. "Your legs are sore from your long run," "You don't feel good," "You don't have enough time," yada yada yada. The GREAT thing is that I am not a fan of making up excuses so I RARELY miss a day.
- Today I had time for 6 miles which meant no rest between intervals. My interval training area is great there is a railroad crossing just as I hit the 1.5 warm-up, which also makes for a clear finish line. Now that Eugene is about a month away I really need to focus on my speedwork and hit my paces. The plan called for 3 x 1 mile at 7:30-7:39 pace. I ROCKED it!! 7:24, 7:26 and 7:29.
- Spring is in the air, the plant smells are different and I am ALLERGIC Achoo!! UGH!! Oh well all I can do is keep going and pack Kleenex. I was SAD to see that my beautiful trees have already bloomed and lost their amazing white flowers. The temperature was perfect I could have gone in short sleeves. I am still debating on what to wear race day, have a month to figure it out and test it out. Ideas??
- You are going to laugh, this week I loaded I-Tunes on my computer and did my first Ipod upload by myself. LOL!! Thanks to Lacey, Sarah and Teacherwoman for sending me CD's of their favorite running music!! They gave me a playlist of over 126 songs without having to spend a dime.
- As I started my 3rd interval a man's voice, slowly talking, started it was "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen" by Baz Luhrmann check it out HERE. Although this does not qualify as a running music the message is AMAZING! Such great simple reminders about life. And you know what, I ran FAST to it. Thanks Lacey for this fun tune!!
- The next 2 weeks I will be creating my "Fast Track" playlist for Eugene. If you have tunes you LOVE that gets your legs moving please comment, email, or better yet mail me a CD :) Yes folks I am asking for help here. I truly believe that a great playlist can help change focus during a run.
- Wow the trail was full of unusual craziness today:
-Haggard looking man took a swig of his flask, tucked it in his pocket and continued smoking (Run faster Mel!)
-Fit and thin lady rollerblading QUICKLY sporting a pink Olivia Newton-John style headband.
-Woman wearing a hospital style plastic hair net doing prayer type squats, up down, bow squat, up down, bow squat. She looked like a broken frog, very weird!!
-A TRAIN went across the trail, I have never seen that. (Note to self, always check tracks before crossing)
-A masculine business man in black loafers walking a tiny black poodle, he held the leash at the small of his back.
-Two men sitting on a curb, very close together almost cuddling, just outside a very manly warehouse
- The whole run I had unusual pain in my abdomen and knees. I used the pain as training. I focused on anything but the pain. The people around me, my music, my stride...do not let the pain in!! It worked and I made it through a tough work-out.
- This month I have an unusual amount of STRESS! Moving, Marathon, very busy at work, etc.. I have noticed that the stress is really affecting my patience level. I snap easier with Muscle Man and the kiddos and the littlest things going wrong make me very upset. So I need to listen to the sunscreen man and let it go!! Things will happen they way they were meant to happen and I am not doing myself or my family any good by becoming a freak-out master. Thankfully running is an amazing Stress reliever, I can leave my anxiety on the pavement!!