Today I didn't have school so cross country practice was in the morning.
We did a tempo workout that included:
- 1 mile warmup
- 10 x 400 [continuous] at 1:40 pace
- one 400 fast [ended up being about the same pace as all the previous laps!]
- 10 minute cooldown
- 20 minute stretch
It was a tough workout but I felt awesome after! That is a good sign considering league championships are this Saturday.
For our cooldown, we ran barefoot for ten minutes on the turf field. As I was running I realized how blessed I am to even be able to run. I know there are a lot of people out there that can't, and as much as I have complained about cross country this season, I really do love running.
And although I have been upset at not being able to go to the gym and lift weights [no time], therefore losing a lot of the upper body muscle that I've built up, I definitely have noticed some differences in my legs.
Worth the trade-off, haha! One of my favorite things about fitness is that if you put the work in, you will get results out. It's pure science, no ifs or buts!
I've put a lot of hard work and time into running.. and this is my reward.
It's funny how many thoughts run through my head while I'm running - but I love how calming it is and that I realize things like this. Instead of complaining about how exhausted practice leaves me or how little time I have, I should be appreciative of what my legs are doing for me.
After this morning's workout they definitely deserved some TLC so the 20 minutes of stretching was pure heaven/hell <-- painful but worth it! I also rolled them out a little when I got home.
And made a yummy breakfast!
One of my chocolate protein smoothies and a bowl of Nature's path Optimum blueberry cinnamon oats with pb. I am in love with this oatmeal!! A review of some Nature's Path products I've tried is coming soon.
Have a happy Halloween!
What are your plans for tonight? I am going to a friend's house for a party but that's about all I know at this point! :)
Tell me something you've learned from fitness/running!
ps I got my first college acceptance letter today!! It was from one of my 'safe schools' but I'm going to college!! woohoo!! :)