Helllo! How was your weekend?
I think I still need another day. I had a great weekend but it was one of those that every minute was filled, and I kinda just want another few hours of sleep. I reached 20 miles in my long run this weekend, and it was definitely a challenging experience. I didn’t feel completely “on,” and the three hours went by pretty slowly. But what I do like is being done by 9am and having the rest of the day ahead!
I refueled with an oatmeal bowl and some iced coffee. Like I mentioned in my post about recovery foods, I usually try to get a large amount of carbs with some protein after a long run. You need the carbs to replenish your glycogen (Carbohydrate) stores, and the protein to rebuild your muscle fibers that you just broke down. The rise in insulin (correlating with the carbohydrate intake) will also help your muscles build more protein.
My favorites are usually an oatmeal bowl, a smoothie bowl, or an omelet with toast and veggies. Today, I was craving lots of fruit and peanut butter. I read recently that caffeine may help with recovery and decreasing soreness, but I definitely need to read more research about it!
And guess how I spent my Saturday night!? I took an Epsom Salt Bath, like I said I should (would)! Plus, I just purchased a new Garmin (affiliate link) as a treat to myself I wore it on my easy shakeout run on Sunday and what I love about it is that it shows overall time, distance and pace on the same screen. With my old garmin, I could only see time and distance on one screen.
I was pretty much eating throughout the day on Saturday after my long run. I couldn’t even tell you everything I ate, it was just a snack-fest all day. I did attend a health fair where they had food trucks set up, and after seeing my friend’s tacos, I decided to go get some for myself.
On Sunday, I grabbed a drink with Sam! We’ve been trying to plan a meet up for the longest time, so I’m glad we were finally able to meet in person.
Anyway, aside from long runs, tis the season for some speedwork. I’ve been devoting 1-2 days/week to some speedwork. I really want to improve from my first marathon time (3:41.57), even if it’s just by a few minutes. While last week’s speed was 800’s, the prior week was a workout that I really enjoyed and wanted to share.
First, I guess I should disclaim that I love ladder workouts. They are one of my favorite things to do on the treadmill because I can ensure I’m hitting the right pace every time and really recovering at the right pace. Plus, they make treadmill runs a little more bearable. If I have a track close by, I’ll also do the ladder workout at the track. You can see some of the previous speed workouts here, here and here.
Recently, Ed and I discussed a longer ladder option workout. This was a drawn out workout since there is recovery between each interval.
You will do a 5 min warm up, followed intervals of hard and recovery running. You’ll work your way up the ladder from 1 minute hard, followed by two minutes easy, up to five minutes hard, with each interval followed by two minutes easy. You’ll then work your way back down the ladder. With the 5 minute warm up and cool down included, it’s 60 minutes on the dot.
You could definitely walk the two minutes, too!
You’ll really love those two easy minutes, believe me. They are the perfect amount of time to let your body recoop a little bit.
If you guys give this a try, gimme a shout out and let me know!
What was the highlight of your weekend?
Do you prefer long, slow runs, or quick, fast ones?