How does one get out of bed on a winter Friday morning when this warm little ball of fur is cuddled against you?
This week has been busy with having commitments Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening. Wednesday night was my Field Hockey Exec board meeting. It’s very serious business.
Last night was track. And I went into it in a bad mood. I’m not entirely sure what my problem was, just knew that I was edgy. Actually, have felt edgy for the last few days. Can hear that sharp edge in my voice. I hate it. And I let it affect my track workout. URGH.
This was the workout:
I actually thought it would be “easy”. They’re just 400s, right? I couldn’t have been more wrong. Every repeat was high intensity and there was very little rest. You can see my HR didn’t really recover all that much between repeats. And by the middle of the second set, my HR was in the low 190s each time. Gross.
I seriously thought I was going to die. My times were ok – all sub 1:30 which, really, if I take off my “I’m in a bad mood hat”, they are fabulous times for me – but I am wearing that hat so bear with me….it felt HORRIBLE. And I was not on cloud 9 after the workout. I was just trying to breathe and get feeling back into my arms and legs. But this happens, right? Mood affecting your workout. I just have to let it go, know I worked my hardest last night given the situation, and shake this attitude.
Each repeat should have been the same as the last or slightly faster. I was the number 2 runner again and by the third set I was HURTING and one of my teammates, Vanessa, who had been pacing off me, knew it and this is the conversation we had:
V: Jane, I’m going to stay right behind you and push you through the rest of the workout. Don’t worry, I won’t pass you.
J: OMG, Vanessa, I’m so not one of those runners who cares if you pass me, PLEASE, if I’m holding you back, PASS ME.
V: No way, you have carried me through this workout, you have done all the work, I won’t pass you.
J: Vanessa, please, I really won’t care at all, Please pass me if you need to.
V: No way. I’m going to stay behind you. I’ll push you.
J: Vanessa, please go in front of me, I’ll pace off you happily for this last set.
V: OMG. Can we be more Canadian??
Ba-hahahahaha! In the end, we rotated who was leading the other for the last set. SHE is the reason I managed the 1:25 on that last one.
Although this picture doesn’t show it, it was a shit show last night at the Dome and my mood did NOT help. I literally had a slight collision with a teenager walking aimlessly ACROSS the track. And you don’t know how many times we had to yell TRACK when people were just not paying attention. I’m torn because, I LOVE seeing people out being active and social, but MY GOD, please PAY ATTENTION!!!
But this, map of “where I ran last night”, which appeared on my phone after I connected it to my garmin, made me laugh.
After track I usually have a smoothie…and last night’s ingredients were in honor of Jen, the PB addict. PB + Bananas + Milk.
The Ken Follett one is the third in this trilogy and let me tell you, these are perhaps the BEST BOOKS I have ever read. The other one I am really looking forward to – it was recommended by a friend and it sounds good!
This morning’s workout was a fabulous 5 miles in Zone 1.
After last night’s track workout, my heart rate guided the treadmill to a pace between 8:40-9:11 and it felt lovely. No more beheadings on today’s GOT, but am seriously loving the series and I’m only on episode 2!!
Strength workout today was modified because I felt my legs needed a bit of a break on it.
Set the TRX handles/stirrups a little higher for this today and it felt better.
I really like this exercise – upper back rows.
I leave you with these two videos of Abby…we’d been out for almost an hour walking and all she wanted when we got back inside was for me to chase her around the house.
She cracks me up.