I’m loving the discussion from this morning’s post about the skinny fat phenomenon!
The nasty winter weather is making a comeback today, so I made sure to get a run in before it was too miserable. The timing was perfect- the rain picked up on my way to the park, then eased off enough so I didn’t get completed soaked on my run, then picked up again on the way home. I’m absolutely frozen to the bone right now though!
Today was my first attempt at a tempo run. Tempo runs teach your body how to run at a faster pace for a longer period of time. A tempo run is to speed what a long run is to endurance. Apparently the tempo run is a super important part of increasing your speed when training for a half or full marathon. Who knew?! There’s a good article talking about how to do tempo runs over at Runner’s World.
Technically a tempo run for half marathon training should be longer, but since it was my first attempt I kept it short- 1.6 miles. (Random number because that’s the length of one of the park loops- therefore easier for this technology-lacking runner to measure)
I still need a little work figuring out the whole tempo run thing- I ran the first 1.85 miles at a 9:23 pace, then did the 1.6 miles of tempo at 9:20, then the last 1.6 in 10:40. I’m still pleased overall because that meant I sustained about 9:43, which I still felt was good. Apparently I thoroughly tired myself out though and ended so slow!
Even though I avoided most of the “wintery mix” coming down today, I came home absolutely freezing cold. I had sushi waiting for me for lunch, but I had to start with something warm.
I opted for some yummy V8 tomato soup. I love V8’s soups- I might venture to say they’re my favorite store-bought soup- packed with veggies! They almost taste homemade 🙂
Then I dug into the sushi. I get the seaside combo since it’s the only one that doesn’t have cucumber in it. Cucumber = blech!
I’m spreading out the sushi goodness and having half now and half with dinner. Unless I cave and go finish the rest right now 🙂
I wonder if I still have to ice since I feel like a giant ice cube right now anyways… haha