Tuesday Workout: 7 miles with 8 x 600 (on 8:30 with 400 rest - Holly tried to teach me proper notation and I may or may have not figured it out), Connects
Wednesday Workout: Rest!
I'm going to start this post by saying I totally crushed my speedwork yesterday. Sorry, no surprise endings here. I killed it. A+. You guys were totally right: speedwork was meant to be done outside and not on that torture device in a windowless basement.
This workout felt much more in line with what I believe myself to be capable of. Last week I was appalled by my seeming inability to hold an 8:30 pace for two minutes, and by the pukiness that resulted. As someone who has stomach-problem-phobia (that's a disease I just made up that means you're terrified of having a bathroom emergency while on a run even though that rarely happens), it had me terrified of the next one. What if it happened again? What if I was doomed to become "that girl who pukes," a la that dude on the Biggest Loser this season (did he ever stop throwing up?)? Fortunately, normal Jeano won the day.
I even figured out how to do interval workouts on my garmin!
I ran at my newfound flat pavement oasis. There was a fair amount of wind on one stretch of the road, but I took it all in stride (so punny).
REPEAT PICTURE ALERT
Of COURSE it was beautiful outside again. I'm going to have gross leather skin soon if this continues (please continue).
During my first interval, I assumed I was going to have to run all out to hit 8:30 so really put the pedal to the metal. Then I looked down at my watch after a minute or so and saw I was running 7:30, a full minute faster than what I was aiming for. Whoops. I didn't even realize I could run that fast (FAST FOR ME, OKAY?). All of my intervals went like this, and I actually had to hold back a lot. After my eighth interval, I felt like I had at least four more in me. I was kind of wondering if that meant I should be running faster/training for a faster marathon, but I think I'm fine where I am. I don't want to overdo it!
Speed session #2: great succes.
Has anyone heard of the app "Sleep Cycle?" I heard about it from a friend and my initial reaction was to mock it, but it's actually the best-selling paid app (99 cents) in a billion different countries and has received 5-star review after 5-star review. Because I'm an advertiser's dream, I had to buy it.
Basically, the app uses the motion sensor in your phone to attempt to measure your sleep (you put the phone on the bed next to you, under the sheet so it doesn't fall off). Apparently certain sleep stages are associated with different kinds/levels of movement, so it uses that to determine how long you're in each stage. I've used it for five nights and am still trying to decide how accurate it really is. On the one hand, their little graphs warm my data-loving heart. On the other hand, a few nights I've tossed and turned late into the night, checking my watch periodically, and some of that time has been recorded as sleeping (light sleep, but sleep nonetheless). But although it may not be 100% accurate, I think it's done a good job of grading each night's sleep quality relative to other nights. I think it might also be learning from me and getting better over time. Creepy.
Last night was not a great night for me, but here's my graph. I actually started it at 11:00 pm but had to restart it when I changed my alarm to go off fifteen minutes later (every minute counts!).
I love that it gives you a percentage for "how good" your sleep is. Soon I'm going to need a machine to tell me whether I'm happy or sad at any given moment. Also, 1.7 days in bed?!?! That's so long!
Oh, I forgot one other thing, arguably the app's main feature. Because it can allegedly "sense" what sleep stage you're in, it attempts to wake you up while you're in the lightest stage of sleep. Basically, you tell it the latest time you can wake up, and it wakes you up sometime in the half hour prior to your wakeup time (according to the Internet, where everything you read is true, the average person goes through an entire sleep cycle every 45 minutes or so, so I think this app assumes it's got a good chance of catching you light-sleeping during that half-hour period). This morning, that particular feature was NOT helpful because it woke me up a full half-hour early. I was still damn tired so did not appreciate it one bit. I also hate the alarm song I've chosen.
This is where I tell you they paid me to say this. But not really. No one will ever pay me to pimp their free shit. I just thought it was a fun app that appeals to my sleep-obsessed self.
Now it's your turn!
- Have you ever used that app? What are your thoughts on it? Bogus? The best thing ever?
- Do you think I should speed up my speedwork a bit, or should I stick to the plan? So far the plan's been spot on, so I'll probably stick with that, but I'd be curious to hear anyone else's thoughts.