Go Speed Racer Go!

Wednesday workout:
Run: 8 x 800s (1 mile warm up, 8 x 800s at mile paces of 6:58, 6:58, 6:58, 6:58, 6:53, 6:44, 6:38, and 6:18 with 400 meter jog in between each, and 1 mile cool down for a total of 8 miles).

I am still high on running endorphins as I write this post.  I had an awesome workout tonight!

I was still feeling pretty crummy this morning, so I put my workout off until this afternoon.  This afternoon I had noooooo motivation.

I spent a good two hours “getting ready for the gym,” which really meant finding every little possible thing to do before going out the door.  I shaved my legs (you’re welcome, gym-goers), cleaned up the kitchen, got dressed, sent some emails, paid some bills, and pressed refresh 800 times on Georgetown Cupcake’s Facebook page (they do trivia during the day and my new goal in life is to try all of their 73 cupcake flavors, and considering I have only had five so far and they are $15 a dozen I figure I better win some free ones!).

Anyway, based on my general feeling of ickiness (medical term) and complete lack of enthusiasm today, I expected today’s workout to be a bust; but instead I was very pleasantly surprised!!

I felt great in my workout today!  I felt like I was churning out the 800s and feeling super speedy while doing it!  The first four even felt “easy”…I wanted to go faster but was worried I wouldn’t be able to hold it for all eight.  I realize I’m not going to break any Olympic records or anything here, but I was pretty happy with myself considering the length and difficulty of this workout!

PS while I may have felt great during the workout I was looking a hot mess.  Funny how I don’t think much of sprinting/breathing heavily/sweating like a crazy person/being the color of a tomato when I’m on a track…but put me on a treadmill in a gym full of people casually working out and all of a sudden I feel like a bit of a nut case…

Okay, enough rambling with no pictures.  I guess the theme today was lack of motivation because since I should have been working on homework/getting my workout in this afternoon–that meant I decided to bake!!

I made some “healthy” carrot-cake muffins based on Chocolate Covered Katie’s vegan recipe.  Unfortunately, I think when I un-veganized it my ratios were a bit off.  The muffins were good but a tad dry and they needed a little more sweetness in them.  I think I may have to try again!

Don’t worry, their mediocre taste did not deter me from eating (three of) them!  I “frosted” them with greek yogurt mixed with banana, stevia sweetener, and maple and vanilla extract to add some sweetness!


It was a lazy dinner day!  Grilled ham and cheese with mango salsa soup and leftover potatoes!:)

You can totally see where I burned the hot pad on the gas stove the other day.  I am a little bit all over the place in the kitchen and have a bad habit of setting the hot pad on top of the stove when a nearby burner is on.  I may have done this a couple four times recently:/.  Maybe one day I’ll learn my lesson (and hopefully before I burn the house down).

Okay, I am stating this on here so you guys can hold me to it–tomorrow I WILL go to the pool!!  I have been such a slacker about going to the pool and I really need to rectify that since the half ironman is only two months away now!  Ahh!

What do you do when you’re not motivated to go work out?
-I usually look at some of your awesome blogs or some articles about pro athletes and that gets my athletic blood pumping again.  Sometimes just listening to some upbeat music gets me going, too!

Do you light things on fire in the kitchen?
-My biggest problem in the kitchen has always been getting all the dishes ready at the same time.  I am good when cooking one thing but throw in some side dishes and I turn into the Tasmanian Devil, running around the kitchen and throwing things in random places.  This burning hot pads thing is a recent development, though.


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12 Responses to Go Speed Racer Go!

  1. bearrunner says:

    Looks like a great speed session.. i have neglected speed this time around but think i am going to attempt to get in a good 4-5 weeks of it soon. Dinner looked good too!


    • I really have enjoyed my speed workouts this winter! I merged a 10 mile training plan (which is what had the speed workouts) with my half iron training plan because I am doing a 10 miler in March. They have really helped my running times and overall fitness, though. I am definitely going to include speed in all my training from now on!:)

  2. Dani says:

    Awesome workout for you!!! Exciting! Makes me pumped to go to the gym tomorrow. Funny you say to go to pro athletes web pages – I generally go to yours when I am feeling lazy and unmotivated! 🙂

    • Haha, well it’s normally just other runner blogs, but there are a couple pro athletes who have blogs that I check from time to time:). Yay! I’m glad I can help motivate some people!! You have motivated me to try and improve my food picture taking skills…I have a long way to go though, haha:).

  3. Eric says:

    I put on my blades and I’m motivated 🙂 I need a large dose of motivation to make it through swimming 😦 For that maybe I’ll go to IBDs leaders and success page.

  4. Trisha says:

    Your workout looked awesome! Usually all I have to do is get myself to the gym. Once I get there, I can get the motivation!

    • Yeah, I guess I should have specified that my problem is just getting out the door! Once I’m at the gym/get started I never usually have any problem and usually end up feelin great! It’s getting the motivation to get up, get dressed, and get out the door that’s the problem:).

  5. Patty says:

    When I don’t feel like working out, I look through my “Oxygen” magazines & say to myself that I’m only gonna work out for 15 minutes. But…10 minutes into the work out, I feel those endorphins kick in which keeps me going on to finish. You probably needed that time off anyway to recoup.
    I have not burned anything in the kitchen (lately) but, when Jake was about 5 yrs old, he though he’d be a big boy & make his own Pop Tart. I did not know he was doing this. He knew to put it into the toaster oven but I guess he also used to watch me put things into the microwave with a paper plate. So…he put the Pop Tart into the toaster oven on a paper plate! We had a nice little kitchen fire. Luckily I was close by to put it out.

    • The 15 minute thing is a good trick! My problem is always just getting out the door, and once I’ve started my workout I get into it and feel great (usually). HAHA! I love the toaster oven story! That’s hilarious:)

  6. GREAT JOB ERIN!! I am falling in love with my speed workouts too–yay for endorphins!! Those muffins sound delish, thanks for sharing them!

    Glad you used the braid trick! It’s huge for me when I am a sweaty mess!

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