This morning, I wavered on whether to run outside with John or to head to the gym for an “easy” elliptical workout (and, ahem, watch Revenge). I have this habit of telling myself that I need to recover and that I shouldn’t be too tough on my body – which is true – but I also think I use that as an excuse sometimes in to talk myself out of running, especially in the cold. The thought crossed my mind as I was debating what workout to do that to keep improving with my running, I need to keep challenging myself. So, I put on my running tights and all my other cold weather gear (and, of course, my reflective vest) and headed out to hit the roads with John.
We ran part of our regular loop but ran it in the opposite direction – It seems like there are way more uphills running it that way! I felt a little bit slower than yesterday’s runs – and I could definitely feel fatigue in my glutes and hamstrings on the inclines – but I was really happy I ran outside.
Distance: 4.68 miles
Time: 34:51 minutes
Average Pace: 7:27 minute/mile
We ran our standard 5 mile loop yesterday, but left the Garmin at home, but I could tell we were faster yesterday. I’m really happy to see these times off the treadmill – I know John helps push me too! I was definitely pushing myself today – especially at the end on a long hill where I got pretty breathless – but it didn’t feel too intense. But I’ve got to spend some time strengthening my hamstrings and glutes to continue to improve. I just get so bored in the weight room lately. Maybe I’ll head back to Body Pump…it’s been a while.
It was a good thing we ran hard this morning because one of John’s coworkers gave him a pack of 2 half pound Reese’s cups. ha! Check this sucker out!
John is known for his love of Reese’s Cups and I often get to benefit. 😉 Although, I have to be honest – I don’t love them as much as I used to. Justin’s peanut butter cups are waaaayyyy better. 😉
I’m off to have some quality time with The Stick – A Toothbrush for Muscles. heh. That tagline cracks me up! But I won’t be laughing for long once it hits my IT band. 🙂 (psssst they have free shipping on The Stick right now! I’m an affiliate – full disclosure – and they said it’s just a trial so the free shipping may not continue).
Have a great night!
Do you talk yourself out of workouts? How do you talk yourself back into them?
Which is better? Reese’s Cups or Justin’s Cups? 🙂