As Close to Perfect as Workouts Get

Good morning, readers.  Guess what?  I’ve decided that, as part of my new morning routine (which includes dog walking, a mango-jalapeno smoothie, and other niceties), I’m going to try to write my blog posts early.  That way when you get to work, you’ll have a nice fresh post waiting for you.  We’ll just have to see how long this lasts…


[risotto photo]I’m going to keep this one short today, and point you in the direction of The Healthy Everythingtarian, where you’ll find my first-ever guest post on another blog!  I read a list of “new-blogger milestones” a few weeks ago; it included things like “your first comment from someone you don’t know,” “your first link from another blog,” and so on.  The daddy of them all was—you guessed it—your first guest post on another blog, the only one I had yet to achieve.  Thanks so much to Holly for fulfilling my dream!  Anyway, check it out.  I usually don’t stray too far from recipes when I cook, but I had to get creative for this one!

So now that I’ve done all the milestones, can I no longer call myself a new blogger?

A Track Workout Like You Read About

I try not to get too detailed about my workouts on the blog, because my goal is to keep you from falling narcoleptically face-first into your keyboard.  But yesterday’s was so great that I have to tell you about it.

First good thing: my shoes must have taken a break from smelling bad and whatever else it is that running shoes do when they’re not being worn, and taken a look at the post I wrote about ditching them, because I didn’t even have a hint of blister pain!  And this, keep in mind, was just two days after my 20-miler when my shoes were really bothering me by the end.

Second good thing: nobody else was there.  Normally I like having some company, but every once in a while I have a great workout when I’m by myself.  Something about it makes me dig a little deeper.  Bonus—shirtless running in the heat.  Normally I feel like a total ass-clown running with no shirt, and hence don’t do it, but I must admit, it was kinda fun just this once.

Last good thing: the workout itself.  Two sets of six 400’s at 1:24 pace with 1:30 rest intervals, with 2:30 rest in between the two sets.  For those not accustomed to running around in circles, this means “run once around the track in 1:24, rest 1:30, repeat six times.  Take an extra minute rest, then do it all again.”  And you know what?  It was the perfect amount for me, the best workout I can get.  The first three or four laps were no problem, then they started getting hard.  After the first few in the second set, I thought, “That was great; I did it, but I’ll never get another one at that speed.”  But then the rest would be just enough, the next lap would be incrementally harder, and I’d barely get it done, gasping for air and probably pumping my arms way too much.  And so on, until the end.

I left the workout feeling so wiped out and so energized all at once.  It wasn’t the hardest workout I’ve ever done.  But it was probably the hardest workout that I’ve ever done perfectly.



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  1. woowoo for an AWESOME workout! there is just nothing better. for girls, i think we feel like ass-clowns running in sports bras (i do, at least) so i understand the feeling on that one!

    awesome guest post…thanks again!

  2. Man, that sounds like a beautiful workout. Wiped out and mentally energized is the perfect ending to any run! You know.. there is a track near my place and I’d like to give a speed workout a try. I honestly haven’t done one since high school and this makes me nostalgic for that all out quick intensity.
    .-= Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn´s last blog ..Comeback Skeeter Attack =-.

  3. Nice guest post:) And I also appreciate the morning post!! It was a welcome change to my morning at work!

  4. I actually JUST finished reading your guest post when I saw this one pop up in my google reader! That risotto sounds super yummy. I love how creamy risotto tastes.

    Anyways- glad you had such a nice workout! It was steamy down here yesterday (and I’m assuming hot up there too??), so I do not blame you for going shirtless! I actually thought about running in just my sports bra! I need to start trying some of these speed workouts!
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Jicama and Sweet Potato "Fries" =-.

    • Erica: oh yes, hot up here too. But I’m sure not as hot as in SC, and all in all it’s been a very mild summer. Workouts last summer were brutal!

      You should DEFINITELY try the speed workouts, if they appeal to you. I have found them to be my hardest days, but also my favorite, and that is a good combination!

      Glad you liked my risotto recipe. 🙂

  5. great job on the track workout! i like reading about other people’s workouts and seeing what/how they are doing. i hope mine aren’t too boring, though i’m sure they are. lol. i love when a good speed workout goes well and you don’t wimp out from completing it.
    .-= lindsay´s last blog ..product review: mix my granola =-.

  6. Yay for an awesome workout!!! I can’t wait to check out your guest post 🙂
    .-= katherine´s last blog ..Negligent Mama =-.

  7. Awesome workout! And congrats on the blogging milestone 😀 That risotto looks amazing.
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..Race Training and Farmer’s Markets =-.

  8. okay, well I totally found you from your guest post and I’m so glad I did! that risotto looks killer – I can’t wait to read more.
    .-= brandi´s last blog ..Cannoli-cakes? =-.

  9. Yay for good speed workouts! Isn’t that tired/accomplished feeling the BEST? One of my fav workouts in college was 4 x 1 mile @ lactate threshold pace (usually about 6:40 pace for me) with 60 seconds rest in between each mile. It was tough, but do-able. I don’t remember the specifics, but if you google “lactate threshold” pace I’m sure you’ll get more info. We did the workout every 2 weeks and it really helped build endurance.
    .-= Megan (The Runner;s Kitchen)´s last blog ..A Winning Combination =-.

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog…would love you to post up a link to this week’s challenge and giveaway as well…I think I am going to ALLOW myself a jalepeno smoothie!
    .-= Special K´s last blog ..Power Allowance =-.

  11. Thank you for visiting my blog! I like the concept of your blog a lot. I’ve had so many people tell me that they can’t be vegetarian because they wouldn’t be able to build any muscle, but that’s so not true! There are so many vegetarian and vegan athletes competing at all levels, even the Olympics 🙂 Glad you had such a fantastic workout experience today!
    .-= Meredith (Pursuing Balance)´s last blog ..New ingredient =-.

    • Thanks Meredith…that’s definitely one of the reasons I do this. I want to show people, first by qualifying for Boston on this diet, that you don’t need to eat meat to be strong (and maybe it’s even easier without meat).

  12. Way to go on a perfect workout! And no blisters! And another blogging milestone!
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..Stepping to Freedom =-.

  13. Congrats on the blogging milestone. I like the idea of morning posts too!

  14. ohhh so glad your dream has been fulfilled! i will go check it out~ 🙂
    .-= janetha´s last blog ..come onnn friday! =-.

  15. thanks for visiting my blog! i like yours! i’m always looking for other no meat runners because i’m still tweaking what “works” for me in terms of energy/weight loss/satiety, etc.

    just in case you don’t go back to look, in answer to your question trader joes meatless balls are heaven on earth. right now i’m cleaing out the freezer/pantry, so you may see them often, but b/c they contain processed soy i try not to eat them often. they are grea tin a pinch (like today when I realized I didnt have lunch prepped to take to work) just throw on top of some veggies or rice or pasta, top w/ sauce and goo!

    • Hey Sarah, thanks for taking a look at my blog. I actually just got your response to my question, because I checked “email me” box. Thanks! These are one I’m going to try. I’m not really a fan of processed soy either, but nothing wrong with mixing it up once in a while.

  16. Do you work out in the gym? Must have been nice to get some solitude!
    And a mango-jalepano smoothie? Sounds fascinating!
    And lol, my comment icon/gravator is a pork bun, ready to be steamed and devoured! Well, not by you, since you don’t eat meat xp
    .-= Sophia´s last blog ..Help Me. I’m a Poor College Student. =-.

    • Hey Sophia, no I don’t really go to the gym. I incorporate some weight training in the off season, and I have every intention to do it during race season, but I find plenty of excuses not to! But yes, getting some solitude at the track is a nice change from the group workouts I’ve been doing, nice as they are.

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