I've been trying to make a habit out of writing to you all every Thursday morning after I get home from yoga. Today didn't quite work out that way...
I don't have anything particularly interesting to talk about today, so I'm going to tell you about my run last night and a couple of my goals for today. Yesterday afternoon, after a full day of STATISTICS!, I met Beth and Lana for some speedwork -- 8 miles of speedwork to be exact. The total distance of the run was 8 miles with 4 1-mile repeats (which means that after you warm up for a mile or so, you run 1 mile at a faster pace than you normally do, recover for a half mile, then repeat a certain number of times). The first half was HARD because our first two repeats were into the wind, which was blowing 25-30 mph. The second half was significantly easier, until we got to mile 7 - our last fast mile. Our "fast mile" goal was 9 minutes 45 seconds (which seems like a nice, leisurely pace to many, but not necessarily to me). We did fast mile 1 in 9:20, fast miles 2 and 3 around 9:50 and ... wait for it ... fast mile 4 (mile 7) in 8:58!!! No wonder my legs and lungs were burning and I wanted to walk, crawl or die! Anyway, we finished with a cool down mile, some walking and stretching. I felt VERY SICK after this run (anyone have any ideas on this one?) and wasn't able to eat or drink much of anything until around 10:00 last night when I had some Stacey's Pita Chips. Then, still needing to ice my knees, I stayed up to watch an episode of Seinfeld (the one where Jerry and Elaine go to Florida and Elaine has to take painkillers for her back...) and didn't get to sleep until about 11:45.
This was all fine and well until I woke up at 5:15 this morning to make it to 5:45 HOT yoga. HOT yoga is not easy when you ran 8 miles the night before and haven't had much to drink since then. I made it through class, but let's just say the "balancing" (I use that term VERY loosely for today!) poses were an extra special challenge, involving a fair amount of dizziness! haha I got home with EVERY intention of eating everything in sight, stood in the kitchen for about 10 minutes trying to decide what sounded good, but couldn't think of a thing. So, instead, I showered and laid down on my bed and promptly fell right to sleep. Two hours later I woke up hungrier and thirstier than I have been in quite some time!
I have heard that after a long or hard run it is important to do 2 things: sleep and eat. Ha and ha. Very bad job at BOTH! : ) So! Today's #1 goal: EAT!!! I've got a 10 mile run on Saturday morning, which is my last long run before the Des Moines 1/2 Marathon on October 18th (with my Peeps) and I think it's important to be properly fueled for that run. I'm going to up my calorie intake a little today and tomorrow (with mostly healthy foods) and see how I feel at the end of 10 on Saturday morning.
Today's other goal: Do my stinkin' reaction paper (the one that's always due on Saturday mornings at 10:00!) so that I have tomorrow to run errands, clean, and have lunch with a friend. I guess I'd better get going on this one...
**Today's intention: GRATITUDE (I needed to remind myself every few minutes how grateful I was to be in class this morning! haha)
QUESTION: On last night's run, we talked about our favorite places to travel and some trips we've got planned (either in the near or distant future). WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO TRAVEL? WHERE IS ONE PLACE YOU HAVE BEEN THAT YOU WOULD GO BACK TO OVER AND OVER IF YOU COULD??? (Mine is Maine.)