Killer Sprints & A Yummy Dinner

… what more could you ask for?!

I was actually stoked to get home and do this workout. I guess I had a ton of pent up energy from not doing any activity for ONE WHOLE DAY (sarcasm). It was perfect running weather, a cool 20C with a nice cloud cover. Sooo perfect.

I gathered up my water bottle, notebook (to document everything to share with you wonderful people!) and watch (of course) and headed to the park. We have a little dog park two houses down on our street that is about 300m all the way around and I love doing speed work here – it’s as close to a track as you can get!

Wednesday’s Speed Workout

What it called for:
-35 minutes of speed or hills intervals – I chose speed this week.

What I did:
-warmup: 2km @ 5:35 (goal race pace)

-800m @ 4:27 (time: 3:33)
-300m recover (all my recovery runs were around 6:40-6:47 pace)

-600m @ 4:15 (time: 2:33)
-300m recover

-400m @ 3:54 (time: 1:33)
-300m recover

-200m @ 3:38 (time: 0:43)
-300m recover

-1km cool down @ anywhere from 5:55 to 6:40 – I had NO GAS left in my tank by that time!

-lots of stretching!!

Now – this workout was big for me because I didn’t set any goal times, I just ran as fast as I could for each distance. I gave it my all. I have no idea if these are great times or not, but I FELT great (well, when I wasn’t dying) and I still feel very proud of myself for powering through those distances – especially the 800m!

Like I said, some parts were HARD. I had to sing a lot of songs under my breath and repeat a ton of mantras to myself throughout the sprints to keep myself going (a really common one during this run was “800m/400m/600m/200m you are my b$%^&” – hahaha. Vulgar but necessary and also helpful:)

I also counted all the wildlife I saw during my recovery runs to distract myself from the coming intervals – 2 dogs, 3 rabbits and 5 crows. Exotic.

I guess you could call this speed workout a time trial. I would love to run this again in a few weeks to see if I have improved:)

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Later that night I went over to Terry’s and made an AMAZING dinner. We had no idea what we were in the mood for and had very few ingredients, so I Googled “What can you make with pasta, sweet potato and kale” and THIS recipe popped up!

It was delicious and SO easy.

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It looks cheesy but that is really a cream sauce made with MASHED SWEET POTATO and SOY MILK. That makes for a happy belly;)

The recipe doesn’t call for it, but I added some shredded zucchini for a little oomph;)

All I needed was:
-whole wheat pasta
-1 large sweet potato mashed with added soy milk and garlic
-shredded zucchini
-kale roasted with olive oil and parmesan cheese

The final product:

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And a Bud Light Lime just because. And boyfriend approved -yippee! I highly recommend this easy, delicious and nutrient-rich meal next time you and your significant other are in the “I dunno, what do you want? I dunno, what do you want?” mood.

Tonight – POWER YOGA because my cough is gone, hurray!

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Tried any new recipes lately?

Favourite beer? (or drink?)

What was your workout today? Any speed work?

Does anybody run time trials regularly?

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