As soon as I opened my eyes this morning, I thought, "Wow, my calves are so sore!" I was hoping that my thighs would be sore from yesterday's workout, but I mostly just felt it in my calves and triceps.
Today's scheduled run was the same as last week--15 minutes easy, then two repeats of (10 minutes tempo pace, then 3 minutes easy), finishing with 10 minutes easy. A total of 51 minutes. I chose to do the treadmill again. The treadmill makes doing tempo runs much simpler. When I run outside, I tend to daydream and totally forget that I'm supposed to be holding a particular pace. On the treadmill, you just set the pace and forget about it.
I did the "easy" pace at 6.0 mph and the tempo pace at a comfortably-hard 7.0.
I had set the calibration to 900 on my Garmin foot pod, and found that that was pretty close to what the treadmill was reading, so I will leave it at that. But I really don't believe my treadmill is properly calibrated, as I've mentioned before. Even the timer on it is off--I started the Garmin's timer just 5 seconds after the treadmill timer, and by the end of the run, the treadmill timer was off by 12 seconds instead of 5!
It doesn't sound like a big deal, but it makes me wonder how off the speed is, too. I'm glad I chose the marathon training program I did this time around, because the runs are based on time rather than distance (except for the long runs). So it really doesn't matter how fast or slow I go, because I'm going to be running for a specific time regardless.
For breakfast this morning, I decided to make the same thing as yesterday--but cold oatmeal, this time. When I ate the Banana Cranberry Oat Bars, I always ate them right out of the fridge because they tasted the best that way. So yesterday, when I recreated the bars with hot oatmeal, it was lacking that one little element. Today I combined 1/2 cup quick oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, and 1/2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup in a bowl, and then let it sit in the fridge for 20 minutes while I showered and dressed. When I took it out, I topped it with 1/2 a sliced banana, and a sprinkle of coconut and dried cranberries. It was heavenly! The cold oats made it perfect:
I had a dentist appointment this morning, just for a cleaning. I despise going to the dentist, but I really do like my hygenist and my dentist. My dentist is a runner, so we usually chat about that--today I told him about the Ragnar Relay Florida Keys team. I get butterflies in my stomach every time I think about the race! Of course I'm way more excited to meet my team than I am about running the race, but I'm just nervous and giddy about the whole experience. Nervous in a good way, of course!
So I started reading The Glass Castle yesterday, and I was right--I knew I had read it (or at least started it) before. But I have no idea why I didn't finish it, because this book is so good!! I had planned on making myself read 20 pages per day, but I found I didn't want to stop reading, and I'm already halfway through it (meaning I've been reading ALL day). I really do love a good memoir.
I got a very special delivery from Fitness magazine today. I was super excited when I opened it: