Monday was a weird day. I woke up at 4:30am (except since Daylight Savings had just begun, it was really 3:30am Old Time). I had agreed to play taxi for my husband and his coworkers at 5am, was presented with a glazed donut with sprinkles that I barely remember eating, I got back home before 6am, and went back to bed for a little “nap.” I had set up the coffee maker for 6:45, positive I’d be up by then. And planned to go on a long run shortly after. Except I actually woke up at 8. At least I awoke to the aroma of hazelnut coffee.
I ran 13 miles because I didn’t do a real long run this past weekend. I didn’t have a pace in mind, but knew that Run Less Run Faster likes you to do most of your long runs at half marathon pace + :20 which for me is around 10:00-10:05. I should note that while I love RLRF, I sort of mostly abandoned it since moving last month.
Back to my run.
The first 12 miles were good, I ran them at an average pace of 9:47. Things got a little hairier for the last mile and change uphill. I started off trying to run uphill for about .3 miles - even if it meant a really slow pace, but after 12 miles it wasn’t happening. I did some short run/walk intervals up the hill then resorted to walking the second half to my house.
I spent much of Monday evening in my Aspaeris Pivot compression shorts, and I even slept in them, hoping they would magically heal me and give me fresh legs for my planned track workout Tuesday night.
Either my legs are getting stronger from the abuse they are taking from the hills here or the shorts worked, but I felt I had a good first track workout. I’ve done speed work before, but this was my first time on an actual track. Previously, speed work has consisted of programming my watch to beep at me at predetermined intervals while I run through neighborhoods and parks.
The track workout was:
4x[300m, 100m rest] 1:24, 1:24, 1:23, 1:25
4x[600m, 200 rest] (.37-.38 mi) 2:49, 2:59, 2:39, 2:50
4x[200m, 1min rest] (.12-.13 mi) :48, :45, :47, :45
I’d say it was a success as my beloved RLRF tells me I should run 600s in 3:05.
The 600s weren’t too consistent, but the others were pretty close. I didn’t stare at my watch like I sometimes do for speed work, I just ran and hit the lap button on my watch as I crossed the line on the track. While I am definitely in the slower half of the group that came to the track tonight, I didn’t feel badly about – I think seeing so many fast people ahead of me motivated me to run faster.
I was proud of my track success and treated myself to a cupcake.
Actually, I had pre-planned this cupcake, regardless of how the track went. I’ve been researching cupcake places in my new area, hoping to find something that could rival my most favorite cupcake place in NJ. I was disappointed to see a lot of mixed reviews for the 5 or so cupcake bakeries on yelp. Not confidence-inspiring. Maybe individual cupcake preferences vary widely.
My favorite from Sugar + Sunshine in NJ was the mocha cupcake which was chocolate cake with a coffee buttercream frosting. I could eat that frosting by the spoonful, but luckily they didn’t sell their frosting.
When I learned one of the places here had a Mocha cupcake—but only on Tuesdays—and that it was right near the track, it was a done deal.
I will readily admit that aesthetically it does not even compare. Even before it got knocked around in the bag a bit.
But when I opened the bag at home I could smell delicious coffee. The frosting to cake ratio was good. The buttercream frosting had the right amount of coffee flavor and was not too sweet; the cake portion was still moist despite me buying it at 8:30pm.
The CA cupcake cost me $3 while my NJ favorite is $2.50. The NJ one might be a little bigger, too. But it seems all cupcakes in this area are priced at $3+. I’ll blame it on the high taxes in this state.
Cupcakes: Yay or Nay?
What’s your favorite sweet/baked good?