Friday, May 17, 2013

Racing into shape

Happy Friday! It has been a crazy week and I haven't been this excited for the weekend in a while.

The track workout on Tuesday was successful, and really fun! was also very hot out.

When I got into my car after work...yikes.
I'm not used to running in the heat yet! But there was a pretty stiff breeze so it wasn't terrible. I met up with Meg, her husband, and Larissa, and we decided to run eight 400 meter repeats with 2:00 recovery. We warmed up for about 12 minutes and then hit the track. Our intent was to run the intervals at 1:42. However, my pacing for our first one sucked so we ran 1:31. Since we all felt good, and 1:42 seemed too slow anyway, we just maintained 1:30 for the repeats.

The track was really busy- there was a triathlon group training, some college bros playing 500 on the infield, and some other random folks jogging in lane 7. It was a little crazy but I loved seeing all the people enjoying the nice weather!

Wednesday is my half day so I bought new running shoes (I found a pair of the Ravenna 3s in my size at a local store! yes!!) and ran 7 miles in Minneapolis, around the lakes.
Hello gorgeous.

I took yesterday off and will only go about 4 tonight..because tomorrow I am running a 10 mile race! Yes, I am trying to race myself into shape for the half marathon! Runner's World can explain this concept better than me...but basically, you use races as quality workouts to improve your fitness before the goal race. I'd like to run the race tomorrow in 70:00- the course is supposed to flat so that shouldn't be too much of a problem. Is this a good idea? I guess I'll find out on June 22!

Could you have resisted????
NRR (not running related): the Animal Humane Society had a plethora of adorable puppies when I volunteered on Wednesday, including the little lover above. I am so impressed that I did not walk out of there with another dog.

And a new beer! This is an oatmeal milk stout. It is pretty good- I'd rate it a 7.5 out of 10. It is a little heavy for summer- it might be time to switch to some lighter stuff (or margaritas)!

Favorite summer drink?
- Gin and Tonic with lime

1 comment:

  1. Good luck at your race!! And I love gin and tonics also :)