Nothing makes you dread Monday morning like morning speedwork does!
I mentioned before that I’m loosely following a training plan by Ryan Hall that I found online, and today was:
15 min warm up
6 x 100m strides
6 x 800m w/ 90 sec rest
15 min cool down
I hadn’t done structured speedwork since I can’t even remember when, so I didn’t have any time goals for the 800s, and I ended up with: 316, 3:20, 3:22, 3:22, 3:26, & 3:24. (I don’t think you’re supposed to get slower with every repeat.) And I’m not sure that I really pushed myself hard enough because my cool down miles were both 8 minutes and felt oddly easy.
I’ll get ’em next time. But really, I’m just happy that I made it to the track because I almost bagged the idea in favor something on the roads and less structured. I had a meeting on campus later in the morning, and I get unreasonably nervous when I drive somewhere new with any sort of time crunch. I had never been to that track before, nor had I ever driven to campus from my new apartment, so I was weirdly stressed. Zero sense of direction, a terrible memory, and a fear of being late but always running late is the worst combination ever. This enormous hate and fear for logistics includes navigating new places alone, being the co-pilot, making decisions about what time to leave, and figuring out tricky transportation (like flights and shuttles). Fact: When I took the GRE, I was more about finding the location than actually taking the test.
But everything worked out and I made it to all obligations on time, and I even put food in my crockpot before I left!
I followed a recipe I had pinned for General Tso Crockpot Chicken (chicken + garlic, brown sugar, ginger, soy sauce, crushed red pepper, stir fry veggies)–it tasted good, but it was pretty dry because I left it in the crockpot for like 9 hours. I ate it with rice, and I mixed in some peanut butter.
This Ryan-esque meal made me sad that Ryan and I aren’t neighbors anymore and can’t make random meals together all the time.