Thursday, June 28, 2012

3 Things Thursday

Today Maine Mom on the Run turns one! It's hard to believe that I've been writing this blog for a full year, but it was just before the L.L. Bean 4th of July 10K last year that I wrote my first post. Thanks for reading! To reward you for being such loyal and supportive readers, I'm going to have a giveaway. Unfortunately for you, this weekend is absolutely crazy busy and I'm not going to get to it until next Thursday. I promise, it is worth waiting for. Sorry for the tease.

I gave myself an extra day of rest after the half marathon. My legs were still pretty achy Monday night so I used my foam roller like crazy. I had only previously used it on my IT bands, but I rolled out my hammies, quads, glutes, calves, and back on that thing. By Tuesday afternoon, I had no residual aches. I also discovered that this guy, called a "wonder tube," that we gave out as favors for Finn's birthday works wonders on your arches. Fabulous!

So all that means is that I waited until Wednesday to do my track workout which called for 1 mile warmup, 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400, 200 with 200m rest between intervals, and ending with 1 mile cooldown. There was no way that I was going to remember all my paces for the various distances, so I just ran by feel. This is how I did (actual pace in red):

1200 @ 5:27 5:23
1000 @ 4:30 4:26
800 @ 3:34 3:26
600 @ 2:40 2:30
400 @ 1:45 1:32
200 @ :40  :38 (RLRF doesn't give a pace for 200m, but everything else is about a 55-second difference)

Less than 72 hours after my second half marathon I absolutely crushed my speed workout! The last three intervals felt so good. One, they are relatively short and quickly over, but I also felt in control of my form. Last year when doing speed training, I felt like I was lumbering down the track. But today and for the last 50m of the half marathon, I felt smooth, strong, and fast. Maybe if I saw a video of myself, my form would look horrible, but at least it felt good and my times were respectable.

How is it that I've never had this before? It's like chocolate frosting with a hint of nuttiness. I love hazelnuts. You know those bags of mixed nuts that you buy over the holidays? When I was little (well, I do it today too), I would pick out all the hazelnuts and eat them first. And I used to call them acorns because of the resemblance to the things that grow into oak trees minus the cap. Have you had Nutella? If you haven't, you're missing out...a jar full of yumminess that is good on whole grain bread or on ice cream. It is also Finn approved!

Zeke said he had a "happy" mustache.


  1. I only recently discovered nutella as well--about 2 years ago. I always thought it was something like vegamite... lol Dip pretzels in it! Heaven!

  2. Ummmm.....nutella and pretzels??? Heaven! Carrie - Hannaford has an Inspirations version that is yummy as well. I just discovered it a little bit ago as well. I think Izzy can live on Nutella right now. Me - nutella and pb!

    1. Oh wait - that's of your first posts was some kind of threat about me wasn't it???? It's all coming back to me now...... I bet this 10k is the race you beat my ass!

    2. Hahahaha! My exact words were "she's way too fast for me. Maybe next year. You hear that Jen? I'm coming for you. I don't even know you, but I'm coming for you! Just kidding. :-)"

      The problem is you keep getting faster! That race was the first time I met you. Awww...memories...

  3. Happy Blogaversary! I've tried nutella but it's just not for me. I also don't really like PB so I'm probably a little strange.


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