I was super excited. And still am. I'll be having one of these on my long run on Sunday and another NEXT Sunday during my half marathon.
Despite my excitement over mint chocolate gu (did you not know I like mint + chocolate?) I was exhausted after getting home from work on Wednesday so I made it a rest day. I think the gross weather was making me feel rather blahhh too. Pup-a-roo felt the same way too:
Oh wait, I'm pretty sure she naps on our bed every day (I caught her mid-yawn here). Look at what a number she did to our nicely made bed while we were at work.
I kicked my feet up for a little. Did some laundry. And when hubs got home, he seemed to be feeling the same way, so we walked down the street to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner.
These flowers my husband picked up earlier this week will help me remember it's spring even though it's been barely 40 all week. Oh, and after dinner on Wednesday? It was raining/sleeting sideways. Hard. And then it started to thunder and lightning. Then we had pea-sized hail. Perfect spring weather.
We were stuffed from dinner, but brought home this delicious macaroon to split.
...minus a couple bites.
In other news, recently I picked up a giant 1 Liter container of coconut water from Trader Joe's. I used to love the Zico brand, but then they started selling it in plastic bottles instead of little tetra-packs and it tasted different in a not-good way (here's my previous discussion of coconut water). But I was intrigued by the return of the tetra-pack-like packaging and took a risk.
And I'm glad I took the risk, because the taste of the coconut water in this packaging is good again! Also, I found an explanation on the tag. According to the tag (pictured below), the blend of Brazilian, Thai, and Indonesian coconut water tastes like balls. However, Brazilian or Thai on its own is delicious (my opinion).
I drank some on its own the other day and in a smoothie with strawberry lowfat kefir, a frozen banana, and some frozen berries:
Last night I did my bootcamp class. As usual there were a lot of planks, crunches, pushups. We also worked on triceps, biceps, did bench presses, and ended with some lunges and squats. (I promise the class was more varied and exciting than my summary though).
Afterward I did the speedwork I should have done Wednesday (by the way, I'm glad I took a rest day Wednesday...I ended up passing out on the couch after dinner and macaroon, somewhere around 9:30).
My speed work was 5 x 800 @10k pace. You can see my recap on Daily Mile here. But to summarize, my goal pace for the 800s was 9:49-10:07. I ran them at the following paces: 9:46, 10:02, 9:40, 9:38, 9:42. I did a .15 mile rest interval between each. 0-2% incline to keep it interesting. Including a short warm up and cool down, I ran 3.5 miles. Avg HR 167, Max 185.
(Does anyone else find some minor discomfort in the ankle/lower shin region while running on a treadmill...but never while running outside? I stopped and stretched, changed the incline, and it got better).
Those paces weren't uncomfortable, I was just bored out of my mind because I did not bring my mp3 player, did not have headphones to plug into the built-in tv, and I couldn't figure out how to get closed-captioning on it. So I watched a tornado special on the weather channel, without any audio or text, for 39 minutes. There's a cool built-in fan on the treadmill which is nice...but it turns out that if you're 5'2" you're not really tall enough to enjoy the full benefit of the fan. Bummer.
Anyway, I was pleased with Thursday's workout. Today was a scheduled rest day. Tomorrow's a shorter pace run. Eight days to go til my half marathon!
If you run with a Garmin, please check out my post from earlier this week and comment on how you like to use your Garmin during races (what screens you find most helpful, etc). Inquiring minds want to know!
Enjoy your weekend!!