Tuesday workout: 9 miles with 6 x 1 mile (9:34 with 400m rest)
Hey, we should do another Random Shit Tuesday because it's Tuesday and I want to talk in bullet points so I can jump from random thought to random thought with nary a smooth transition to be found. Okay, let's go!
- Tuesday is my new least favorite day. Actually, it's always been my least favorite day (isn't it everyone's?), but now it's EVEN WORSE. Why? Because today I started the Hansons' "strength" workouts. That means no more speed (wah), and also death. Because these workouts blow. At least, today's did. 6 x 1 mile with 400m rest between each. 9:34 pace for each interval. That isn't a speed workout, that's a tempo disguised as a speed workout, done on the sixth consecutive day of running.
- I'm pretty sure that the more torturous the workout, the more important it is to running a marathon. This seems to be true of these workouts. According to my Hanson guidebook, "When strength workouts are added to the schedule, the goal of training shifts from improving the VO2max (along with anaerobic threshold) to maintaining the VO2max and preparing the body to handle the fatigue associated with marathon running. You'll notice that at the same time the strength segment begins, the tempo runs and the long runs become more substantial." WHY DID THEY HAVE TO TELL ME THAT?
- Getting out of bed in the morning is really exciting these days because I never know how my legs are going to feel. You would think that hard run = difficulty getting out of bed the next day, but there seems to be no correlation between run difficulty and next-day soreness. Some mornings I'm surprised there's no soreness, and others I feel like I've got that horrifying disease where your muscles turn to bone (or something). It's kind of like Russian Roulette! And equally dangerous, obviously.
- It took me three years, but I can no longer tolerate the sight of oatmeal. This is a very sad state of affairs. Oatmeal and I were best friends. The promise of oatmeal was literally my only motivation to go to work when I lived in New York (you think I'm kidding). Now, not so much. Now, I want to gag when I eat it. I was blindsided by this development because I'm the kind of person who can eat the same shit food every single day for the rest of my life and love it (see: pizza and turkey sandwiches from Subway). So what am I supposed to eat for breakfast now? I DON'T KNOW. I love cereal and milk, but an enormous bowl of that good stuff only keeps me going for like an hour. Sometimes I have peanut butter on toast, but it's always followed by oatmeal an hour or two later. What else do people eat for breakfast? Waffles? Should I just make an enormous batch of waffles at the beginning of each week and eat a waffle for breakfast? Help me. This is urgent.
- I'm really starting to miss hiking. The snow's melting and I'm being pelted with amazing hiking opportunities from my weirdo Meetup stranger friends, but I can't go because I have to run. Fortunately, I foresaw this happening, which is why I decided to run Anchorage's earlier marathon in June and not its later marathon in August. Plus, the hiking's going to be pretty soggy for the next couple of months. Come June 29, we should have absolutely perfect hiking conditions. I'll be so ready to get back at it.
I miss you.
- If you have five minutes (obviously you do if you're reading this), use it to check out the reviews of this "BIC Cristal For Her Ball Pen." My favorite: "I can't find a switch to turn it on, and it didn't come with batteries. This is not the 'for her' product I was expecting. At all." There are many, many others (more PG than my favorite because I'm disgusting). It's a gold mine! Also, what a dumb product.
- I added up my monthly mileage the second I finished today's run, and I ended April with 154.5 miles. Last month? 154.75. What are the odds?! I missed five days of running while in Norway so I'm pretty happy with that number.
- Okay, I've put off studying for long enough. It seems I blew my concentration wad (sorry) on my first final and can't bring myself to study for the next. This bodes well for grad school.
- WHAT DO I EAT FOR BREAKFAST? What do other people eat for breakfast besides oatmeal?
- What's your least favorite day of the week?