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?

2 comments :

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

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    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 :)

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