Hello lovies! This week is going by super fast - I can't believe it's already Wednesday!
I mentioned this before, but I am looking to cut some time off my half marathon time for my September race - my previous time was 2:00 flat. I am following Hal Higdon's intermediate training plan because it includes some speed interval training. I have never done interval training for running before, so I wanted to do a little research on it before I did my speed training today. I looked up articles while enjoying this delicious breakfast.
look who joined me for breakfast! he's kind of blurry though - he kept moving!
Kath always talks about how much she loves her tea spoons - I also have an obsession with a couple of my spoons. This is one of them. Don't tell the parents, but these are going to be accidently going to be dropped into one of my boxes when I move.
Before I get to speed training, I HAVE to tell you a side note about spoons in my family. When we were younger, my dad was absolutely convinced that my siblings and I hid spoons, threw spoons away, lost spoons, etc. I don't know what it is with my family and spoons, but they always disappear (probably because people like me are going to steal them). We went through so many boxes of cheap spoons because they were always MIA! My mother's theory is that we would eat ice cream out of the container and then accidently throw them away with the carton. My theory is that my parents are crazy, and I never hid, threw oat (I realized after I wrote this I wrote "oat" not "out" - I'm leaving it. It just shows how much oats mean to me), or lost any spoons. It is now an ongoing joke in my family to "check the underwear drawer for the spoons - it's where they've been hiding all along!"
Anyways, onto speed intervals.....
I read a great article on Runner's World all about how to effectively speed train.
The article also said you should NOT be sore the day after speed training. If you are sore, you have overdone yourself and need to slow down a little bit the next time you train.
After reading those great tips, I went to my old junior high's track - I had to do 5x400 today. It may seem like not too much, but it was HARD! My legs were like jello when I was done! Even though with breaks and stretching it only took 25 minutes, I was beat!
1st 400 - 1:46.20
2nd 400 - 1:44.33
3rd 400 - 1:42.01
4th 400 - 1:44.52
5th 400 - 1:44.86
After my running adventure, I had to go to several Targets to try and find another pair of shoes for one of my flower girls. While I was there, I did a little Operation Beautiful work!
When I came home, I knew I needed a snack before lunch! I was starving, but wanted to do some yoga to stretch out before I ate lunch.
Question(s): Have you ever done speed intervals? Has it worked come race day? Does your family have any funny stories like my spoon anecdote? Are you a "power napper" or can you sleep for hours?