You guys! I NAILED another treadmill workout like it was prom night!
Though my alarm was set for 5:45 this morning, I woke up at 5:35 ‘cuz that’s how I roll. I had a pretty daunting run on the schedule this morning, and I was a little nervous. I planned to do a 5 mile tempo run with a 2 mile warm up and a 2 mile cool down. I downed a cup of black coffee and two medjool dates (natures best energy food!). I didn’t dilly dally around the house like I do when I have to go swimming, and I was on the treadmill at the Y by 6:35. Win.
During the warm-up I felt great. I took the first mile really slow, and then slowly cranked up the speed during mile two. At the start of mile three Diddy came on my ipod and it was time to go. I quickly settled into a 7:30 pace, and to my astonishment, it almost felt easy. I decided to hold steady for three miles, and then crank it for the last two if I had any energy left. I played mind games and didn’t allow myself to look at the display until 6 songs had played. By that time I was already into mile four of the tempo so I upped the pace to 7:19. Still feeling great at the start of mile five, I cranked it to a 6:58 pace to bring it on home. The last half-mile was tough, but there was no way I was slowing down at the end. I finished off the workout with a nice 2 mile cooldown, and ended up with an average pace of 7:53 for 9 miles. That is some fast runnin’ for this girl!
Looking back to the awesome treadmill interval run I had on Tuesday, there was one common denominator that I believe helped my performance on both days. Drumroll please…
That’s right! My beloved pretzel M&M’s. I am going to be sure to stock up and eat at least 57 every day in the name of running faster.
I also tried one other new running strategy this morning. I read a blog post yesterday about how the ideal running cadence is 180 foot strikes per minute, and most people run with far fewer foot strikes than that. When you speed things up, you take shorter steps and lessen impact, thus reducing the risk for injury. Make sense? Ok, then just go read the other post for a clear explanation. I spent much of my run today counting 1-2-3, 1-2-3 in my head. Each 1-2-3 was one second, and it was definitely a much faster cadence than I am used to running at. I almost put myself into a trance with the counting which is probably why the run seemed to go by so fast. I felt like I was running with less effort than usual at the faster paces. Double win.
Somehow I was not aware that it was going to snow this morning, and I was 10 minutes late to work because of traffic and stupid drivers. I also refused to skip my stop at Einstein’s for a bagel and coffee, so it’s a good thing I have a lenient boss. Now, I very rarely stop before work for breakfast or coffee because I’m a pack-my-own kind of person, but I had a coupon for a free bagel thin & schmear with a drink purchase. I got the everything bagel thin toasted with hummus and a coffee. The bagel thin is really just like a pathetic little half-as-tall-bagel, but it was free which is like magic to my ears. I inhaled it too fast to take a pic, but I assure you it looked exactly as you would picture it. I was afraid I would still be starving after I ate it, but the hummus was able to tide me over for nearly two hours.
I have been bouncing off the walls with unexplained energy all day, must be runners high from this morning. Tonight I will be attending a “natural running clinic” at a local running store that is taught by Newton. I am 99% sure that I will be convinced that I need a $175 pair of Newton shoes. I shall remain strong and resist. It helps that I do not have $175. I am excited to see what they have to teach me though!
I hate that this post had one measly picture, so here is a random one of me coveting a box of the most delicious cupcakes ever.