It is a sideless slide! It scared the beziggins out of me the first time I saw it, as well as darling daughter, which was good since I didn't have to tell her I was too scared to let her try it. But we have both overcome our fears since then. Here she is and yep, I tried it too. Kinda fun in an odd way!
Now onto running!
I have been out of sync this week mainly because I am having the hardest time getting out of bed in the morning. Darling daughter is back in school and that means I need to be out of work at a specific time to pick her up on time. For the past three weeks I had a bit of wiggle room with work hours since darling daughter had alternative care. For awhile I was blaming that as my issue but felt I was having a harder time getting over it than I would expect. Then I looked at my mileage for the past few weeks and I think I am just plain tired and need more sleep. My real mileage for the past three weeks has gone 36.3 miles, 32.68 miles recovery week, 44.84 miles. Hmmm....that was a big jump and could trigger some fatigue, eh?
But even with having a logical explanation, I need to get better at getting the sleep I need and getting up early enough to do the running I want and need to succeed at achieving my race goals. Right? I would love to say I jumped out of bed today but I slacked again as it seems I have every day this week. Ironically, right before going into the gym I saw this tweet....and I don't normally look at twitter first thing in the morning.
and replied to the extent that I need someone to kick my butt into gear at 4:00 am. When I got this reply I smiled and had a instant mindset change from discouraged to ready to run. Mahalo to The Boring Runner! And I hope you don't mind being highlighted but I love to demonstrate how awesome the online running community is!
I was able to get motivated enough to not only run the 30 minutes I had but to run those 30 minutes well. And now I get to introduce a new TM Running Workout for you!
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I broke my 30 minute run into 5 minute segments and started off at a pace midway between my easy/recovery pace and my tempo pace. I alternated this segment's pace with 5 minutes at my tempo pace. It raises my effort some but won't go all out and kill me when I add it into a week with already planned tempo or speed runs, long runs, and recovery days. I ended up running 3.58 miles with an average pace of 8'22". It was a great run and I followed it up with a 1-minute plank.
Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for twitter.
Daily Affirmation: I am strong and can wake up on time when it really counts.