"Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best." - Theodore I. Rubin

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Changing things up + FREE 50 meter outdoor pool!!

I was dreading my workout this morning...until I decided last night to change it up and make it a little more enjoyable, and beneficial! I had planned a 4 mile workout at 5:29 pace but then I realized that with the near 100 degree temps here in NYC today, the temps in the morning were guaranteed to be similar to AZ, but WITH humidity, especially at 8:30 am, around the time I'd be starting. I decided to do 4 miles worth of work at a faster pace (8x800 with 200 run recovery) all in 2:40 or faster. I immediately felt better last night after changing my mind and I also know that I need the faster pace work, so I benefit mentally and physically! :)

I realized right as the subway doors were about to shut "CRAP I forgot my water bottles and electrolyte drink at the apartment!"...I decided I'd just have to use my empty bottle in my bag and fill it when I got to Van Cortlandt/Manhattan College track. However I had my GU recovery brew in the bottom, waiting to be mixed with cold water after my workout. I poured my recovery powder into my empty GU chomps little bag, put a rubber band around it and then used the bottle for water during my workout, haha. The workout went pretty well and I ran them all in 2:40, a couple in 2:41, which made me mad, so on the last one I ran 2:38 :) I came home, showered, ate, rested a bit and just did my core and strength work. Pretty proud of myself for sticking to my routine when I'm tired, can't breathe out of my nose, coughing up shtufff, etc. :)

Before I started my warm up I wandered around looking for a drinking fountain and stumbled upon the Van Cortlandt pool. I found the entrance, talked to the girls working and they told me it's open for only three more days!! It's FREE, OUTSIDE and it's long course!! I think my Splish Awesome Girl is finally going to get some use while I'm here :) I'm pretty sure the pool in Central Park is still open and it's also long course, but I am not sure. I'll find out and then decide which one to go to.

Have I mentioned I'm excited to go back to AZ? LOL...the official hours countdown has started...146 :):)

Pics: From XC at VCP this past Sunday

Quote for today: "Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice." -Wayne Dyer