Is anyone else really ready for Friday?!? Mal and I close on our new house tomorrow, so I am antsy for the end of the week to arrive. But, I worked my butt off today, so I can start our celebration as soon as we close at 3:00 pm tomorrow!
I still can’t believe we’re going to be homeowners in less than 24 hours. I’m super excited, but it still hasn’t hit me yet! 😯
After breakfast, I worked up a serious sweat doing Track Workout 2:
2 lap warm up, 3 X’s 800M, 2 lap warm down, 1 lap rest
Pace based off of 5k race time
Instead of driving to the track or running on the treadmill, I took advantage of today’s summer-like weather and did the track workout on my favorite 3-mile route around my neighborhood and used my Garmin to keep track of my pace on the 800’s.
My goal for the 800’s was to run a 8:00 – 8:30-minute pace with my recovery lap pace between 9:30 – 10:00. A couple of the 800’s ended up being on hills, but I really tried to push myself to keep up my speed.
Even though I despise hills (remember the Run from Hill?!), two things help me conquer them. The first is pumping my arms. I look like a dork, but moving my arms get my legs moving too! 😉 The other thing that I do is repeat this mantra over and over again: What goes up must come down. For every incline, there is a decline. I keep reminding myself that the down part of the hill will be totally worth it.
I was a sweaty, exhausted mess by the end of my run, but I finished Track Workout 2 (3 miles) in 26:24.
When I returned home, Murphy went nuts licking my legs. It was hot outside, so I was dripping with salty sweat. I must have tasted delicious to the pug! 😉
Today’s lunch was very orange. I had sweet potato fries tossed in olive oil and ground flaxseed meal and baked in the oven on 400*F for about 20 minutes.
And homemade pumpkin soup.
The pumpkin soup was soooo easy to make. I just combined 1/2 cup vegetable broth with 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, seasoned with salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and heated it in a sauce pan for a few minutes. Then, I stirred in a big spoonful of Greek yogurt. Mmm! Loved it!
I also finished off the last of the French Toast Baked Tofu.
A little while later, I ate a piece of Apple Cake from Tastefully Simple.
After lunch, I ran around like a crazy person trying to get everything done. I stopped by the bank, grocery store, Best Buy, and then the dentist, which was not fun at all. 🙁
At home, I continued to run around like mad woman. I tackled my To Do list, caught up with emails, and went through all of my clothes, which was my big task for the day.
I donated a TON of clothing. It felt awesome.
Mal and I are making pizza for dinner tonight. It smells so delicious right now!
P.S. If you’re thinking about ordering something from Avon for our TNT fundraiser, here’s a free shipping code from my sister: REPFLYER. Don’t forget to enter TNT2011 at checkout! 😀
@kat: Yes, you can use them both! 🙂
My attitude toward working out is so different now from when I was in HS – in HS I ran cross country with my friends (who were amazing dedicated athletes) but I always just kind of trotted around. I mean I pushed myself somewhat but wasn’t dedicated. Now when I run I am like a monster – I always tell myself to push, and dig, and blah blah blah. Same with interval workouts on the bike.
One thing that helps me when I’m pushing it and my muscles are burning is just to think about how this is making it easier for the next time I do it, and that you have to expose your body to that type of training in order to conquer that level and become even faster/stronger/ect! Also, something about lactic acid.. Im not sure exactly what though
mmm, that pumpkin soup sounds and looks divine!