Workout: 4 mile run / 41:30 + 2 mile walk w/Mochi and Nicole
Yay for being more than halfway through the week! I’ve decided that I’m going to start putting my workouts at the very top of each post to better keep myself accountable, so I hope you all can help keep me on my toes when you notice I’m slacking
I had a pretty strong run today despite the strong winds. I was supposed to do 3 easy & slow miles, but I felt energetic, so I picked up the pace and knocked out 4. It must have been all of the carbs I ate earlier in the day. I forgot to pack myself a lunch, so I ended up heading over to The Market in Larimer Square to grab food with my friend.
I got the curried chicken and veggies on top of rice… (this does not photograph pretty AT ALL)
…with a side of spinach salad w/almonds, tomatoes, and red onions.
Julie had never tried their famous Spring Fling Cake (which Giada de Laurentiis has raved about before!), so we shared a slice of that as well.
The cake is made with layers of zucchini bread, cream cheese frosting, and a ton of fruit. It is absolutely one of my most favorite cakes in the world, especially since it’s not too sweet…just incredibly delicious.
Anyway, I had a lot of carbs and energy to burn from taking the day off yesterday. Since I’ve started running, I’ve come to realize that I have two frienemies when it comes to runs, both of which I encountered today: WIND and HILLS.
Friend- I love running in wind and up craptastic hills for the same reason. They make me a much stronger runner. Sometimes, running in intense wind is harder for me than running up a steep hill in perfect conditions. They both add a ton of resistance to my runs, mess with my breathing, and make me want to kick serious ass.
Sometimes the fastest parts of my runs are when I’ve got a strong head-wind or when I’m conquering a hill. I’m not quite sure why, but I think I overestimate the amount of effort it should take me to make it through, and therefore I end up pushing through stronger. Once I’ve crested a hill or the wind has died down, everything feels so easy.
Oh, one more reason why I sometimes love wind in particular. It keeps me from becoming a sweaty mess.
Enemy- The reasons why I hate wind and hills are pretty obvious. I mean, it kind of sucks because they add resistance, mess with my breathing, and kick my ass. I’ve been training myself to catch my breath after a killer hill while still running, but it’s really hard. Like….really really hard for me.
When I’m running in really strong winds, I sometimes end up kicking myself mid-stride because the gust pushes me around like a big bully. Then I look really awkward as I try not to trip myself and fall over. I also end up looking like I have bugs flying around my face because my hair whips me, pokes me in the eye, gets stuck in my mouth. You know, all the sexy things.
Also, on windy days, I easily go from being comfortable to overheated in a second, especially if hills are involved. One moment I have cool gusts keeping sweat out of my eyes. Next, the wind suddenly stops, and I’m left sweating so much that my eyes are burning from the sweat pouring into them…booooooo!
Frienemy- The happy medium that I’ve accepted between the two. I know that they’re good for me even though they I don’t like them. Kind of like laundry and taking vitamins.
Question of the Day: What’s one of your frienemies when working out?