I think they might have been the real secret to my 87 MPH workouts, because I was flying through my speedwork today! Yes, "flying" is relative, so you 6-minute milers can just skip this next part. Here's what the workout looked like:
1 Mile Warm-Up (10:00 pace)
1.5 Miles at 5k Pace (8:20 pace)
800 Meters at Mile Pace X1 (7:40 pace)
400 Meters X2 (7:00 pace)
200 Meters X2 (5:45 pace)
1 Mile Cool-Down (9:30 pace)
In between each was recovery jogging/walking. If it looks similar to a workout found in Runner's World this month, that's because I tried to remember it as I started my warm-up...most of it is the same. I normally do my speedwork on a treadmill, so I was pretty excited that I managed to tough it out on the roads, even with some small hills. Must have been last night's pasta dinner:
Sauteed onions and chicken breast cooked with fresh sprigs of rosemary, and then cooked with tomato puree and some fresh tomatoes from the farmer's market--all served over my new favorite gluten-free spaghetti! Hubby likes his with lots of mozzarella, and I take a sprinkle of parmesan.
Do you carbo-load before long runs?
I do try to take in lots of carbs, but I just eat the same food as normal. Maybe a little extra in the form of rice crackers, cookies, etc. late the night before.
Do you ever buy clothing from untraditional places?
I didn't before moving to such a rural area. I guess a couple of tees from Wal Mart, and I even scored a $1 shirt from Wal Greens once, and I promise it really is cute! I like hunting for older stuff at secondhand stores, but I haven't seen any near me yet.