Yesterday I had 10 miles with 8 Yassos on the training schedule. I woke up to sunny skies and ZERO wind. It was still about -4 when I woke up but with the blue sky and no cloud cover, it was quickly warming up. I wore gloves and a jacket but ditched both of those at some point along my run. About a mile in, I threw my running gloves in a bush because I knew I would be running home along the same path.
I ran 3.5 miles to the outdoor track, at a pace of about 8:55 min/mile. Once I got to the track I did an easy jog/walk lap and then began my Yassos. I ditched my jacket to do the speed workout because I was super toasty in the sun. I did my hair in the most aerodynamic fashion possible because it makes me faster. Obviously.
I wasn’t sure whether I should try any speed workouts yet because I still get some soreness and pain in my hamstrings and glute and I definitely don’t want to push it. I thought I would start with one and focus solely on the interval I was doing. I wasn’t concerned with getting all 8 done, but I might as well see how it goes. True to Yasso fashion, I was aiming to get the 800m repeats done in 3:30. After 3 I was getting sore and after the 4th one, I knew I should stop, so I did.
I reluctantly threw on my jacket (I hate jackets around my waist) and ran home. I ran super slow home and took it easy on my legs, about 8:52 min/mile. They felt super heavy, probably because when hot yoga got cancelled on Tuesday I went to the gym for the second time that day and did 65 minutes of spin and 20 minutes of abs. I was mentally prepared for a hot yoga sweat so I was super disappointed it was cancelled and wanted to sweat somehow. Instead of lazing around and watching as many FRIENDS reruns as I could, I hit up the gym again. I am for sure taking a rest day today after those Yassos yesterday!
I was super pumped to get that solid ten mile run in yesterday. even though I was slow and sore, I made sure to stretch and ice when I got home. I am getting used to stretching every day now. Fear of injury will do that to you! I have never been able to touch my toes when I stretch… never. I was the five year old girl in gymnastics who had to do all of the modified stretching because she wasn’t flexible. I was the girl in yoga class who the instructor laughed at because of how inflexible she was. After over 5 weeks of solid stretching I am now the girl that can GRAB HER BIG TOE when she stretches! Progress, people!
I am beginning to appreciate rest days. Remember when I pretty much refused to take a rest day from working out? Yesterday I thought about how tired my legs felt as I was running up a hill home and then I thought about how great it will feel to take my rest day. 5 hours of exercise in two days… yep, today will feel great 🙂
After I had a great sleep in yesterday, then did my ten mile Yasso workout, I had to complete the perfect morning with chocolate chip pancakes. An apple on the side makes this breakfast healthy, ok?
I have another ten miler on the schedule for tomorrow but my training is now totally based on my muscles and how I feel. I wish we could run as much as we wanted without the risk of injury… how awesome would that be! I think chocolate chip pancakes are super healing though so I will probably get to run a bunch this weekend.
What did you eat for breakfast this morning? I love reading what everyone else ate because breakfast is my favourite meal of the day… AND the most important!