The Downslope Workout of champions for Taper Tuesday and my new designation!

Last night was practice with the team. Tuesdays from now until the fall are 1 mile repeats on a very hilly loop. It’s pure torture. Everyone on the team hates them…but loves them because we know how good they are for our training.

And, as you can see by the photo, they make us a bit silly…that’s “fast girl” hamming it up for me!

But since I’m on a taper this week, I met the team for the warm-up and then coach sent me off to do 6 x 600m downslopes with jog back recovery. The idea is that you’re getting fast leg turnover, in prep for the race, but without the hard work work because the turnover is coming from the hill not your own power. It’s a good taper workout. In total I did 10 miles last night.

This is our view for these workouts on Tuesdays….gorgeous, no?

So last week I had my language proficiency test for French…to be officially considered a bilingual employee at work. This is an important designation to have here in Ottawa as we are the capital of the country and English and French are the official languages of our government…and Ottawa, being nestled against the French speaking province of Quebec, means I have a lot of French speaking people around me – at work and in life in general.

So I went through the proficiency exam/interview last week – I was so nervous even though everyone told me I would do just fine.  Where I work, in order to be considered bilingual, you need to achieve at least an A- and you are considered as fluent as someone whose first language is French with an A+. My results…drum roll….I got an A in expression and A+ in comprehension!! WOOHOO!!

Meanwhile, this was Abby this morning when I got out of bed…

Happy Wednesday!!

12 thoughts on “The Downslope Workout of champions for Taper Tuesday and my new designation!

  1. Just a Running Chick

    LOL Just love Abby! Congrats on acing the test! 🙂 I know Russian, myself. The funny thing is that I dream in Russian sometimes, and in my dreams, I know way more Russian than I can remember awake – which just means it’s squirreled itself in my mind somewhere!

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    1. 50statecanuck Post author

      Woah. You know Russian? My dad says that STILL, at age 73, he has nightmares where he dreams he suddenly realizes he has his Russian final at university and has missed every single class all semester! LOL. Why do you know Russian?

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      1. Just a Running Chick

        Well (I’m dating myself here), our school district offered Russian as one of three languages beginning in 7th grade (age 12). My grandparents were Polish, so my brothers and I took Russian in the hopes that we could understand half of what they were saying (we could!). In 11th/12th grades, each of us also visited the USSR with our class. It was pretty cool!

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  2. Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA

    Good job on your French test.! You’re bilingual 🙂 I am too, Spanish was my first language actually.

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    1. 50statecanuck Post author

      Oooh, very cool. I have SOME capabilities in Spanish…worked in Mexico for a brief period of time and was completely immersed in the language so picked it up because I had to! lol But really don’t get much opportunity to practice it.

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