Some shoes are not meant to run slow in. They are uncomfortable when you run slow. They are meant to be fast. These shoes want to go fast.
There is always a little bit of discomfort running in a new pair of shoes for the first time. No matter how comfortable the shoes are and how much you end up loving them there is still a little bit of time when your feet and your shoes are getting used to each other. On the way down to the track I had that moment of doubt that these shoes were going to work.
That doubt faded when I got to the track and started my intervals. They are so light (even lighter than my last pair of flats) that it doesn't even feel like they're on. They are awesome.
I was feeling fast tonight. Maybe it was spending the weekend watching the indoor national championships, but I was feeling great.
My workout was:
(Yeah, I don't know what the deal with that 800 was either. Doesn't quite fit...)
It ended up being colder than I expected. I don't know what I was thinking not bringing my gloves. (I turned into my kids, I saw the sun for the first time in months and I assumed summer was here.) I ended up using Terra's gloves during the intervals (since her sleeves were long enough to pull over her hands). It was cold.
On the way home I gave Terra her gloves back and ended up running home with my hands in my coat pocket. (I wore the coat to the track and back but took it off for the workout.) Interestingly enough I can't run in a straight line when my hands are in my pockets. Though to be honest running in a straight line isn't really my strong point anyway.
After I got home Vaughn and I busted out our trusty Iron Strength workout. Since I know most of you guys ever watched the video the workout consists of the following:
Warmup (2 minutes): Jumping Jacks, Squats, Lunges (any combination)
Plyo Squats (the kind where your butt has to go lower than your knees): 5 sets of 10
Super sets (5 minutes each, the moves repeated until the time is up):
-15 plank rows (weights), 15 pushups, 15 situps
-10 plyo lunges, 10 single leg hamstring touches (basically a single leg squat with a twist)
-15 mountain climbers, 15 legs down
-15 deadlift high curls, 15 overhead push press (standing on one leg), 15 bicep curls (standing on the other leg), (weights for the whole set)
Burpee pyramid (the kind with the pushup): 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Planks (one minute each): left, center, right
Running arms (one minute)
If that doesn't sound hard to you that's because you haven't ever done it. It kicks my trash every time.
Other highlights of the day include (you know, if anyone managed to keep reading this long):
My brother in law Mark (remember he and my sister are moving up here) arrived today! Wahoo! We are so excited to have him here and can't wait until Stephanie gets here on Saturday!
Tyler had to do a project for school where he had to count and display 100 items. He did the following:
I had absolutely nothing to do with this so don't be impressed. It was completely Tyler and Dad. (Just wait until the pinewood derby, then you'll see overkill!) They had a great time doing it and Tyler got to show it to his class today. Since I have the privelage of voulenteering in his class on Mondays I got to watch them watch it. It was hilarious!! Those kids were dancing, laughing, and having a general good time. Totally helped raise Tyler's popularity factor which is something we work so hard on. (NOT! I think I was one of the most awkward people ever to grace the halls of my high school.)
What a phenomenal day!