On Wednesday the 15th, I did a glorious 40 minute tempo. I warmed up for about half a mile (aka before I discovered that my Garmin wasn't on) so it was really more like 45 minutes, but whatever. The warm up as pretty draggy so I was concerned about having to pick up the pace, but when it came time, my legs just did it. I love that.
Uhh, yeah, that last mile was downhill. Still counts.
On Sunday, I did 7 miles for my long run for the week. I haaaaaaated the first half of this run. Hated. Cannot stress enough how much I did not want to be doing it. I had a headache all day and it was sticking around when I left the house. My Garmin died after about 2 steps, so I had to use RunKeeper on my iPhone, which I don't like because I wear an armband and I can't see my paces very easily. Plus I couldn't find my good headphones, the kind that hook over my ears, so the right earbud fell out no less than 43 times in first 3 miles. (Are you feeling sorry for me yet??) Because then... I BUSTED. Hard. On the busiest road on my route, of course. I managed not to go down on my knees, so that was good. But I took some skin off my hands and my thigh and I definitely jammed up my wrist. It's actually still a little sore. But once I popped back up and got going, everything got zen and last 3.5 miles just flew by. By the end, I was back in love with running and all was right in the world.
As discussed, slower than my goal pace, but not THAT much slower. Even when I was wallowing in self pity over the earphone situation, etc., my legs felt good.
Lastly, this past Friday I had approximately 12 minutes to spare for a run so I ran 5 hill repeats on my favorite hill. Less than a mile, but dang did I get plenty sweaty and out of breath. Also my glutes were sore all weekend, so maybe I need to visit my hill more often.
Tonight, strength + stretching was on schedule, so I went to a barre class. I bought a 10 class Groupon, and my booty is gonna be fierce by the time I've used them all. Holy cow, who knew such tiny little movements could burn so bad? Love it!