I almost always do my intervals on the treadmill, because it's easy to control the pace and keep it very consistent. I finished watching Orange is the New Black a few days ago, and I just wasn't motivated to get on the treadmill. I started watching Weeds yesterday, and thought it was okay, but it wasn't one of those shows that made me think, "Ohmygod, I have to watch MORE!" Anyway, after much heming and hawing around, I finally decided to run my intervals outside.
On the schedule today was a 1 mile warm-up, then 4 x 1200 with 400 recovery (which means 3/4 mile fast running, then 1/4 mile slow to recover; repeat for a total of 4 times). According to the Hansons' Marathon Method book (which I finally bought yesterday), I should run my 1200's at a 7:26/mi pace. I knew I could do that pace on the treadmill, but I had serious doubts about doing it outside.
As I ran my warm-up mile, I kept seeing my pace in the 10:00's, and it felt pretty tough on my super tired legs, which made me even more doubtful of reaching my pace on the intervals. As soon as my Garmin beeped the signal, I started running hard. I glanced at my watch a few times, and saw that my pace was 6:50-ish, so I thought I'd better slow down.
That fast pace didn't last long. I dropped down to where it should be, around 7:20-7:30, and was struggling very hard to keep it there. The sun was out (it had been cloudy when I left the house) and I was miserably hot. I don't care what the thermometer said, it really felt like it was 100 degrees ;) I was so irritated at the heat, and I knew there was no way I could do three more intervals like this, so I just decided to finish it out and then I could choose to turn around and go home.
As soon as I heard the beep to drop to a recovery pace, I thought, "Fuck this. I quit. I'm going to just jog home from here." (I could hear Jerry in my head, teasing me: "Someone call the waaaaambulance for Katie!" hahaha). I had hit a 7:26/mi pace on the nose, but I knew I couldn't do another like that. I had already set my watch up for intervals, which meant it would beep in 1/4 mile to signal me to run hard again. As I was running slowly, I thought about the Hansons' book. I read that if you can't finish your intervals, you're probably doing them at too fast of a pace. Logically, I knew that. But the pace was based off of my most recent half-marathon, so I felt like I should be able to do it.
Since I was nearly two miles from home as it was, I decided to just run the next interval when it beeped, only I would try to keep my pace under 8:00/mi, rather than aiming for 7:26/mi. That worked really well! An 8:00/mi pace is tough, but I didn't feel like I was going to die. I knew I could maintain that for at least 3/4 of a mile. I finished that interval at a 7:47/mi pace.
I'd already completed two intervals, and with a little detour, I could fit in two more and complete the workout. As much as I wanted to quit, I knew I could finish it out if I did it at the slower pace. So I did. It was really hard, but I stuck it out, and I think I may have shouted a "Woo hoo!" when I heard the final beep of my watch, letting me know the workout was over.
I was completely shocked when I saw how many calories I'd burned: 527!! Normally, I burn about 80-85 per mile max. My excitement was short-lived, however, because when I got undressed, I realized I'd forgotten to wear the chest strap for my heart rate monitor ;)
Tomorrow is a rest day, and my legs are definitely looking forward to it. I'm not looking forward to my weigh-in, however. I ate SO well all week long, not going over my PointsPlus, but today, I just got into an "I don't care" mindset. I didn't binge, but I snacked all day (mostly on almonds, but also Twizzlers).
Sometimes I just get so sick of having to measure out everything I eat. I know that I have to do it (I've tried "mindful eating" lots of times, and it just causes me to binge). Through tons of trial and error, I know that measuring and counting (whether it's PointsPlus or calories) is the best way for ME to maintain/lose weight. But sometimes I just get fed up with it, and wish I could eat like a "normal" person. Anyway, I know my weight will be up tomorrow, but I also know if I get right back to measuring and counting, it'll come right back off.
Last week, I got a surprise package in the mail from Special K (I had done a couple of reviews for their products before). They sent me some hot cereal cups and some bars, both part of a new "Nourish" product line, to sample. They didn't ask me to write a review or anything, but after tasting them, I decided to write about them for Taste Test Tuesday (mainly because I really ended up liking the bars!)
The hot cereal (which looked like just oatmeal to me, but it's a blend of oats, barley, wheat, and quinoa) sounded really good. You just mix it with hot water and let it steep for a couple of minutes. It comes with toppings that you stir in (nuts and dried fruit). I was hugely disappointed when I saw how tiny the portion was, though:
|This is the Cranberry Almond flavor|
I loved the bars, though! I wish I'd taken pictures, but when I ate them, I hadn't been planning to write a review, so I didn't think to take a picture. The first one I ate was Lemon Twist flavor, and it was so good! I love lemon bars (meaning dessert), and these were a similar flavor, but with a chewier oatmeal-like texture. I can't wait to see them on the shelves at Kroger, because I'm going to buy some more of those. The Dark Chocolate Nut bar was really good as well. I haven't tried the Cranberry Almond one yet.
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