Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I've got SUNSHINE! (for now)

Apparently complaining about the weather helps.  Yeah, OK, not really.  But .... shortly after I posted yesterday's entry the gray clouds lifted and we got a little sun peeking out.

This morning, my alarm went off and I was greeted by a 10' x 6' window of pure solid blue sky outside my room.   Ah bliss!

Though it's expected to be shortlived as the forecast is calling for rain, and lots of it, tomorrow.

At least the temporary good weather allowed my husband to finish off one of his work projects that has been delayed for months due to weather (and thus delaying final payment to us).  He had to stay up with our son and his crew until 11PM last night to finish it.  He's such a hard worker!

For now though, I will enjoy the sun.  I even wore a cute little sundress today that I bought last month.  Gotta take those days when I can.  Even if I'm tired after work I'm going to go outside and do something.  Typically after work I need a couple hours of downtime (which usually consists of making supper, chores, etc.) - but I rarely have the energy or drive for a workout as soon as I get home.  Today however I must take advantage - even if it's a casual walk!  I have got to be seriously Vit D deficient (it's actually a common problem in my area).

(picture previously posted - not from today)

Last night I had a FANTASTIC run.  I did 5 x 10 minute intervals on the treadmill.  Intervals really help me with increasing speed, plus they leave me absolutely drenched and surely it must be a good fat burner.  My intervals consisted of an 8 (or less) minute mile (7.5 mph) and then I upped the speed to 8 mph for 1 minute and 9 mph for the last minute.  This gave me an overall 6.2 miles in 48:36 (7:50/mile pace). 

Though I'm not yet able to run a continuous 10K at that pace, training like this helps me to mentally believe that I can ... and gets my body used to running at that pace.  Eventually this should translate into this faster pace over a longer distance.  This is a training method that has worked well for me in the past.

June 1 - 5 mile/8K run
June 2 - 30 Day Shred Level 1
June 3 - 4 x 1 mile treadmill intervals and core

June 4 - 30 Day Shred Level 1
June 5 - 2.5 mile walk and 1.5 mile run
June 6 - 3 Hours heavy clean-up
June 7 - 5 x 10 minute treadmill intervals and some core

Keep Active!



kimert said...

Yay for sunshine!!! love that cute little dress! :) And intervals, I have a love/hate relationship with them. haha

Sarah said...

Love that cute dress...it looks adorable on you!

Missy said...

Love some sunshine!! You are TOO cute. I love that sundress!

Marlene said...

Cute dress! Enjoy the sun!

Tamara said...

I must be stoopid because I totally don't get what you are doing with those intervals. LOL! But whatever, it sounds like Bionic Woman level working out to me. :)

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Yay for sun! Great job on the intervals and the pace!!! Hmm, perhaps I should try that....off to go look into fitting in an interval run this week.

ajh said...

Nice sun dress!

99ToGo said...

If I bumped the speed on my treadmill that high, it'd be America's Funniest Home Video-worthy. I'd hang onto that bar for a little while...but then there'd be trouble :( I'd like to be there though! So perhaps I should throw in some intervals next time!

Fran said...

Yeah for sunshine! And you were right to enjoy it while it lasted.

I did interval on the treadmill too yesterday. It's the only treadmill run I don't mind doing on it because of the differences in speed. I run at 10 k an hour at my fast pace, could never do that outside :)

Your plan is going great so far!

Marcelle said...

Sunshine ~ ah bliss when that happens!! * When *
I was told that my MS symptoms had a lot to me not having enough Vit D with living in Europe after a very sunny South Africa...so not take Vit D pills from the chemist daily....and when the sunshines I grab some extra.

I also have lots of summer clothing I never get to wear ~ due to the weather, but always make good use of it when I go home to Cape Town as I always go home during summer time.

Great to see you keeping to your well thought out plan...
Go Girl!!!

Amanda, another priorfatgirl said...

i would LOVE to increase my speed! sounds like intervals are the way to go. i'll give that a shot; thanks!