A workout… or three.

I didn’t wake up with my legs wanting to run. I didn’t come home from work with the feeling that my legs wanted to run. I did however want to take my onesie out for another run, so I went for a few miles on the country roads. It is so peaceful out there.

I think I could run forever on this road… you know, if I wasn’t really hungry like I was today and all that consumed my brain while running was what I was going to make for lunch as soon as I got home. I guess I usually don’t get too deep into my thoughts while running… especially when a mushroom and mozzarella egg white omelette is on my mind. 

I think being hungry made me run a little faster, I pulled off 5.07 miles at an average pace of 8:19 min/mile. It was another “feeling awesome run” as my mile splits were 8:29, 8:17, 8:11, 8:22, 8:18, and then 8:10 for the last 0.07 miles. It is so strange when you feel like you are running slower than the day before but somehow your Garmin proves you wrong and shows you ran a little faster. 

My little run was the first workout of the day, and after lunch I was ready for round two. I definitely DID NOT change out of my onesie before I hit the gym. At first I felt a little weird in the Runsie at the gym because it is so light that it feels like you are wearing nothing at all. I did the stair-master for 20 minutes and then did 40 minutes of leg strength training. I haven’t done a leg day in quite a while due to the half marathon pre-race tapering and not wanting to wear out my legs and then post-race I was too sore to do legs so today’s workout was refreshing and awesome.

I think the many many boys at the gym today kept staring at me because of my amazing calf muscles… or maybe it was because I was wearing a one-piece. Whatever the case may be, I am oddly proud of my calf muscles when I am doing leg strength training. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of my wicked calves to show you… just kidding, of course I do.

Don’t be too jealous. 

I did plenty of lunges and squats and then ended my leg workout with 8 minutes of 15.0% incline walking hill climb on the treadmill. I had originally set the program on the treadmill for 5 minutes but when I hit repeat for the third time on Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” I knew I could manage a few more minutes of my legs burning like no other. 

I need to change that “H” in the title. ASAP.

When I got home from the gym I realized my dad would be leaving work anytime so I called him to see if he wanted someone to walk home with him… luckily he said yes. I think he would have said no if he had known I was going to show up in my onesie. He only pretended not to know me for 64% of the walk home.

My third workout of the day consisted of walking to meet my dad and then walking home speed walking away from the storm clouds with him. It ended up being about 2.40 miles… what would I do without my Garmin? On a completely gross and random tangent, this is what my hair does when it gets sweaty. Ringlets? Weird.

I passed a thousand page views today and want to thank each and every person for reading my blog! I am aware that 947 of those views were just my mom clicking the link I sent her a bunch of times to make me feel better, but to anyone else reading – thank you!

Lululemon, you’ve done it again.

I made fun of it. I mocked it. I asked who would buy it. But then I couldn’t stop thinking about it… so I bought it.

And shortly after, I fell in love.

I’m talking about none other than the Lululemon Speedy Runsie that I first saw in Banff a few weeks ago. It is a onesie for running… you read that right. Lululemon, you’ve done it again, another excellent addition to my wardrobe. I was going to write “running wardrobe” but I think by now my entire wardrobe can be considered a running wardrobe. 

I actually bought this before the half marathon but wasn’t about to try it for the first time in a race so I patiently waited until my first post-race run to try it out. I think a hard-core spin class is the cure for sore running legs because I woke up with legs that just wanted to go for a run. So run I did.

I ran 8.01 miles this morning at a steady pace of 8:36 min/mile. It was an amazing run. The sun was starting to warm up the air but there was enough cloud and a bit of a breeze that it didn’t feel too warm. I ran where there is hardly any traffic, put on my favourite running playlist, and had a fabulous run. I was SO comfortable running in my Runsie. I absolutely LOVE it. I really hope my running form isn’t actually anything close to this.

I felt amazing running this morning and my Garmin always reflects the feeling of my runs too. I can tell it is a good one when my pace is consistent throughout the run. This morning my miles were a little something like 8:38, 8:39, 8:38, 8:48, 8:32, 8:37, 8:28, 8:23. If my pace is going up and down by more than 30 seconds per mile, you know I am struggling. No sign of that this morning!

I can’t wait to run in my Runsie again! I have a feeling the Runsie will be making it’s first gym appearance soon as well. Love. it. 

I WILL convert you.

I have essentially made it my mission to convert anyone I meet into a spin class lover. First I should probably work on converting my family into spin addicts like I am. My mom was the first victim  enthusiastic spin partner to accompany me to a spin class, and it was definitely not because she was the only one home and had nothing better to do. We went to a drop-in class taught by my favourite instructor. 

It was a killer class and we did plenty of intervals. I am pretty sure someone messed with the gears on my spin bike because the gears I usually use for this instructor’s drills felt way too easy… that, or my legs are getting really strong. Let’s go with the latter reason. It was a really fun class and despite the lack of hill climbs which are my favourite drill – it was an amazing workout. My mom claims she liked it but she may change her mind when she can’t move her legs tomorrow.

Another day off of work and after spin class I didn’t have too much planned so I did fun things like debate whether or not it is actually necessary to go up stairs with my sore legs or if my laundry can wait just one more day.

I have also managed to replenish all of the fluids I lost as sweat in spin class with delicious fruit. What will I do when summer is over and all of this fruit is out of season? I already consume about 73% of my family’s food budget. 

Yum. I got hungry again just looking at those pictures. Don’t worry, I made the mandatory stop at Starbucks to get coffee today… heaven forbid I go one day without it.

That orange coffee cup sleeve means it’s almost time for Pumpkin Spice Latte season, also known as autumn, quite possibly my favourite time of year!