Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nobody's Perfect

... and I am definitely not an exception! I think that my attitude towards training, nutrition and healthy lifestyle is quite serious and well thought through. But let's face it, sometimes everybody has a slip. And when I was invited for a Champagne degustation, I was lost. I know it is perfectly OK according to the etiquette to spill the remaining wine and not drink it. For a girl who used to live in France and claims herself a gourmet and is addicted to champagne, that's kind of impossible, almost. My will cannot be always strong.

Back to not being perfect. I had a glass or two over the amount that my body can easily cope with (which is almost nothing since I started the serious marathon training last summer - glass and half, two glasses max). Add 4.5 hours of sleep instead of the 7-8 I am used to and you have me in perfect shape for today's last pre-race (Prague half on March 31) speed work. Since I was lacking energy from the sleep, my body was craving sweets. I decided I deserved a treat to power me through the hard workout: McDonald's ice cream with chocolate. Yes, nobody's perfect.

When I headed off for my run, I had a respectful feeling, since I new I definitely wasn't in top shape. The workout consisted of easy warm up with concentration and breathing in the energy chakras, stretching, ABC. Now comes the fun: 4x 800 m at 3:18 (6:36 min/mile), interval cool down to 115 BPM. Final 2 km (1.24 miles) at target half-marathon pace of 7:30 min/mile (4:40 min/km). I wonder how would have the workout gone if I was in better condition, because I didn't do that bad.

800 m splits: 3:13, 3:17, 3:14, 3:15 ... all just few seconds faster than requested - yay!

2 km also done, felt good, avg heart rate 170 BPM ... considering the speed work and my shape, I am happy with it. We will see how will I do with this pace in this weekend's 10 km race that I will run as a tempo test this Saturday.

What was your workout???

What are your sins? :o)

Do you use running to pull you out of the slumber?


  1. Great 800's girl!! My workout was 15 miles today. eye poking miles. oh, my sins are too many to list!!!

    1. Amanda, you are way too hard on yourself as usual!!! Great job on your 15 miles on treadmill, can't imagine ... you will ROCK Boston :)