Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Super Speedy Nerds!

Here's just one more reason that you should NOT look to me for fashion advice: I buy my snacks and clothes in the same place. Haute couture? Not so much. Thanks Wal Mart, for providing me with both juvenile t-shirts made for teenage girls and delicious colorful candy.



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. 

24 comments:

  1. Looks like flying to me :) Nice work!

    And I kind of love that shirt. Back in the day, the Nerds Blizzard was my favourite DQ treat.

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  2. Awesome job speed racer!

    I eat lots of carbs pretty much everyday, so I don't really do anything special for long runs.

    Once I bought a t-shirt off a guy's back at the airport in Philly on a dare. I mentioned to a friend that I liked a guy's shirt that I saw so he dared me to see if he'd sell it to me (and he fronted me the money), so I did. I still have the shirt actually, Mike wears it. I bought it in like 2005.

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  3. Looks like a fun workout! I like speed workouts with reps of different lengths/speeds. Makes it seem not so daunting.

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  4. Nice speed workout!

    Love love love that shirt super cute. I want to go to Wallyworld and find it now.

    The pasta looks delish! If I like the shirt at a little stand when we are traveling I'll buy it.

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  5. your speed work is seriously amazing!!! and even more amazing that you did it outside. I have not ventured outside for speed work yet...too scared that I won't push myself as much as I would like. haha! crazy fast on those 5:45s!!

    that food looks delish as well! I do not always eat carbs but sometimes before really long runs I will. Lately I have been feeling the need for my carbs though with all the heat!

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  6. Looks like a good treadmill workout! I need to do one tonight, so maybe I'll try this one. My carbo loading before long runs is more like me eating too many snacks while watching a movie and justifying it since I have a long run the next day. ha ha.

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  7. Wow, crazy speed workout. Nice job with that! One of my favorite things about running is the carb loading part...hee hee!!

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  8. I tagged you on my blog today--go check it out! :)

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  9. Not a big carb loader

    I love looking for deals on the clearance racks

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  10. I wouldn't say that I am huge into carbo loading. I just try to eat the same all the time! But I do like to eat pizza the night before a big race!

    I will shop at random places. It just depends on it I think its cute or not. If I like it enough I will buy it!

    Sarah

    PS dinner looks great!

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  11. dinner looked FANTASTIC!!! I'm coming over!!! =)

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  12. that is FLYING to me! I frequently wear goodwill purchases, and sometimes Walmart has good clothes too. Name brands are overrated.

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  13. I just got rid of a whole bunch of funny shirts that I had. People don't believe that I'm almost 30 and when I wear a School House Rock T-shirt, they really think I'm a child! heheh

    I score nice clothes at Costco! WHOO! Other than that I buy 90% of my clothes from TJ Maxx or Target.

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  14. I love buying random tees or tanks from Walmart..my favorite though is to go to Goodwill or other thrift stores to find random cute workout tees.

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  15. I think I carb load all the time. Considering my top foods are cereal, fruit, veggies, and pizza, I never seem to have a problem during long runs :)

    I will buy my clothes from anywhere! I've never shopped at any second hand stores but I've got tons of friends that find some really awesome things there!

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  16. definitely lovin' the matching candy & shirt!

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  17. Woot, awesome job on your speedwork! Nerds are so good. Buying a matching shirt is completely acceptable.

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  18. Nerds? Yummy!!! I love the matching shirt & snack!

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  19. I would if I had to but fortunately there are lots of choices around me. Though I can't remember the last time I bought something that wasn't Lululemon!? Yikes...

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  20. T-shirts seem to multiply on their own in my closet.

    I always have a carb heavy meal before a long run. It really seems to make a difference (for me at least).

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  21. Carbs are the cornerstone of my diet, I don't add any extra because that would be impossible :)

    Great speed workout!

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  22. Love the Nerds t-shirt! You look adorable as usual!

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