Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Track workout fail

Last night, Jerry and I went out for pizza with Sarah and Ne. All afternoon, I was hungry, and kept snacking on almonds. Then when we went out for dinner, I ate two pieces of pizza, as planned, and half an order of fried pickles. I knew those things were pretty high in sodium, but I was still totally shocked when I got on the scale this morning and saw a six-pound gain! Seriously, six pounds of water weight overnight. I've been downing water all day to try and get rid of it. I felt really puffy this morning.

Anyway, today was a speed work day. I haven't gone to the track in a while, so I thought it might be fun to go there and take the kids so they could throw around a football or baseball on the football field while I ran on the track. As soon as I stepped outside, I was a little taken aback at how humid it was. It was overcast, so from the house, it didn't look hot outside. But then when I walked to the car, I knew my track workout was going to be tough.

Instead of doing typical 400's or 800's, I decided to make it a little more fun. The kids started playing catch with a baseball, and I started a one-mile warm-up. I was sweating before I even made it around the track once! While I warmed up, I was planning what kind of workout to do, and this is what I came up with:

100 meters fast; 100 meter recovery jog (x2)
200 meters fast; 200 meter recovery jog
400 meters fast; 400 meter recovery jog
200 meters fast; 200 meter recovery jog
100 meters fast; 100 meter recovery jog (x2)

On paper, that's not a very hard workout. That's only a total of 1200 meters at a fast pace (3/4 of a mile). But my goal was really just to have fun with it and not drown in my own sweat from the humidity.

The first 100-meter sprint was actually pretty fun. I felt like I was flying (I love the bounce that the track gives). I thought I'd have plenty of time to recover from it, since the recovery was the same distance as the sprint itself, but I was still pretty out of breath starting the next one. And I had absolutely no clue what pace to run these, since I've never done 100- or 200-meter sprints before.

Turns out, it was TOUGH. By the time I got to the 400 meter sprint, I was really feeling tired. And it was during that lap that the kids started fighting horribly (they can't get along to save their souls). I got so frustrated with their fighting (and tattling while I was trying to run a sprint) that I just decided to stop there and call it a day. So I ran a total of 800 meters at a fast pace--hahaha! I didn't even do enough repeats to get my heart rate up into Zone 4.


I think the combination of being bloated and feeling very heavy, plus the heat/humidity, plus the stress from the kids just made it a bad time for me to do a track workout. However, I really did like running the shorter sprints like that, so I think I may do some other track workouts with a variety of distances like that. Not very helpful for marathon training, but the newness makes it fun!


For Taste Test Tuesday this week, I bought this stuff:


I've tried a lot of the True Citrus products (I even did a review of them), and because I love anything lime, this looked pretty good to me when I saw it at the store. It's just like those Crystal Light packets, only these are sweetened with Stevia instead of artificial sweeteners. (I really like the Raspberry Lemonade flavor!). But anyway, I mixed a packet of it into a glass of ice water (well, okay, as long as I'm being honest, I may have poured a little tequila in there too).

I was disappointed in this flavor. Because it's labeled a "limeade", I expected it to have that sourness of lime, but the black cherry was the dominant flavor (very sweet). I actually didn't taste any lime flavor at all. Jerry tried it, and he liked it better than I did. I didn't think it was bad tasting, but it just wasn't what I was expecting it to taste like. To be fair, I tried it without the tequila as well, and my opinion didn't change.


The boys' baseball game was just canceled (yet again). That's the fifth game in a row that has been canceled because of this crappy weather!

12 comments:

  1. I totally know what you mean about how hard short interval sprints are! I played soccer for over 12 years and they are the main way we conditioned. So tough! And that 6 lb gain is pretty crazy! I love how level headed you are about knowing it's just water weight. It'll come off in no time :)

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  2. I love summer but I don't like running in these high, high temps with humidity...but on the other hand, I am NOT ready for fall! hehe :)
    Keep up the awesome work!!!

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  3. One thing I am very grateful about living in Oregon is the summers are pretty dry overall. It usually doesn't get too humid. The once in a while it does it's KILLER.

    I love black cherry, so I'd probably love that stuff. I've only had water and beer in my fridge for about a year... I need to diversify!

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  4. I like reading what workouts you are doing, but I also like hearing how you manage to juggle exercising in around your kids.

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  5. Great job on the run! I can't stand this weather. Taking an evening stroll results in a sweaty overall icky gotta take another shower feeling.

    Hmm that Black Cherry Limeade looks really good. I'm bummed to hear the lime taste was lacking. Maybe adding a packet of True Lime or squeezing fresh lime would make it work? I'm so curious!

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  6. Ugh..it's really frustrating for me to exercise when my kids are arguing / interrupting, too. (or maybe it's just my way of reasoning that I should be done exercising ;) But when they join me, and have a good time - I love it!

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  7. The title of this post made my day. Plenty of times, entries in my Garmin Connect are titled something like '5 mile fail' when a workout goes awry...though I don't have bickering kids to blame as you did. Have a good day! Stay cool in these muggy temps!

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  8. Great job getting on the track and even if you didn't finish - you got some speed work in!!! When my boys were younger I hated when they would tattle during a run - I finally told them that if there was no blood or other bodily fluid and no visible bones they had to wait until I finished to talk and then I would be a much nice MOM!!!

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  9. It is so hot and humid lately! It was perfect last night after our evening storm from a run, but just didn't make it out there. I really want to get an outside run complete again prior to my 5K race on Saturday, but I forsee treadmill time tonight.

    Is it ok, if I wish for rain tonight but for it to be gone by 7pm?

    *I always find trying to exercise with my boys around to be 1000 times harder! Even when there is 'NOTHING' to complain about, they manage to find something wrong with each other!

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  10. When my 6 and 7 year old fight, it's probably one of the most stressful things. When I pick them up after work I usually end up saying "OK, don't talk to or about each other until we get home." I just can't stand the bickering and tattling!

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  11. Wow that's a crazy gain from sodium, however I've experienced similar. I was 59kgs yesterday and then I drank 4 glasses of wine in the evening now today I am 60.5kgs. Haha.

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