In case you are wondering, the girls were in the jogger. I didn't just push it for fun :) Although it certainly would have been easier without all the weight! Today was my scheduled 5-mile tempo run, but I was with the girls all day and wouldn't have had time for it after Shawn got home at night, so I e-mailed Tara and asked her what she thought I should do. She recommended I just do a fartlek for a total of 3 1/2 miles (1 mile warm-up, 2 miles of 2 minutes hard, 1 minute easy, and a half mile cool down) if I could fit that in. She also explained to me how to actually do a fartlek, which was extremely helpful because although we did them in high school track I didn't remember how to do them now. I thought about it and figured, hey why not just take the girls in the jogger so that I wouldn't have to squeeze it in after Shawn got home and before it got dark. And I'll tell you this, if running fartleks with a jogger doesn't make me a better runner than I do not know what will. It was brutal and I actually thought I was going to get sick toward the end, which definately meant I pushed hard because I've rarely ever felt like that. I ended up doing a 1 mile warm-up, 2 miles of 2 minutes hard, 1 minute easy, and 1 mile cool down. After I finished I felt really great, I knew I gave the run all I had, and that is a great feeling!
Overall my training is going great this week, I've gotten in all of my schedule miles (aside from 1 missing from today) so far:
Tues: 4 miles w/ 8x100m strides
Wed: 4 miles
Thurs: 4 miles, w/ 2 mile fartlek
Friday is my rest day, Saturday is 4 miles, and Sunday is scheduled for 9 but I'll be doing 10 to make up for the 1 mile I was short today.
I've also done bodyrock workouts on Tuesday and Thursday (in today's workout I got to do cartwheels, how fun is that?!?) And I started the 100 Hundred Push-up Challenge. I figured since everyone else seems to be doing it I didn't want to be the odd ball out. :) I've done 2 days of it so far, Monday and Wednesday. Wednesday I had to do 20, 25, 15, 15, and max (I did 26) I seriously felt like my arms would have given out if I tried to do 1 single more. I will feel like such a rockstar when I can do 100 push-ups though. lol So, an awesome workout week overall and I am definately feeling it! Very glad that it is a rest day for me tomorrow!
As promised earlier in the week, here is the recipe I used for the Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Protein Bars:
2 cups oats – roasted in the oven without oil for 10-15 minutes
1 cup peanut butter (no sugar added)
1/4 cup maple syrup cup (or agave or honey) *
3/4 apple sauce (unsweetened) *
2 tbsp. dark chocolate chips
1 cup whey protein powder (unflavored or vanilla)
1 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. ground flax (or flax seeds or chai seeds)
*the original recipe called for 1/2 cup of sweetener and 1/2 cup of applesauce, if you like it sweet I'd readjust this. I don't have much of a sweet tooth!
Combine all ingredients and spread onto a cookie sheet or other baking dish, bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, cut and allow to cool, ENJOY!!
Are any of you training for anything or shooting for a goal, share them with me, I love comments!!! :)
One last thing, Jen@Why I Run has an AMAZING giveaway (a Garmin is one of the items!) going on, go check it out!