Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Track Tuesday

After hosting the water station on Sunday, I headed home to join hubs for a recovery run. It was one of those runs where I felt good physically, but mentally was not into it. Hubs was lagging behind (he ran a lot harder than I did on Saturday), which did not help with morale. After a little bit of whining from both of us, we ran 11K to round off another weekly mileage milestone for me at 93K/58mi.

This morning Juliana and I met dark and early for another track workout. I'm saving myself for speed work with the group on Thursday, but didn't want to pass up the opportunity to run at the PRIVATE! NO TRESPASSING! track with some company. It turns out we had more company than we bargained for when a little fox came out to play. He was just hanging out on the track, watching us run around and around. We tried in vain to scare him off, but he wanted to stick around. He was harmless and playful; A couple of times he pulled J's shirt and water bottle off the bench, dragging it across the ground. Too bad neither of us had our cameras!

I decided to run some moderately-paced, controlled intervals of 2000 metres (5 laps) with just enough recovery in between to grab some water. I finished them off in 9:58, 9:51, 9:37 (average interval pace = 4:54/KM = 7:53/mi) while J ran her own workout, and we finished off 10.5K to start the day.

Happy Tuesday!

27 comments:

Denise said...

great start to the day!

i love seeing fox when i run, they are so cute. but also scare me. :-)

B.o.B. said...

Aw! That's adorable. Wish you had a camera too. Maybe next time. Happy Tuesday to you as well.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Be careful and don't get burned out with all of your mileage milestones.......

Aneta said...

great way to start the day.
good job!

J said...

Happy Tuesday!! Great work getting up and over to the track for those 2000's!! Super speedy!!

So I bought the Nathan handheld this weekend, very similar to the one you have. And I ran with it yesterday morning. I liked it but I don't know how you ran with it for 26+miles!! I kept switching hands with it - guess it takes some getting used to!

ShutUpandRun said...

Hah! I would've loved to see that little fox pulling on the shirt and water bottle. Nice speed work for you!

Lacey Nicole said...

wheewwwwwwwwwww!!!! that's an awsesome workout marlene!!!!! love how you go LONG and still push yourself. sometimes short + fast seems "easy" in comparison b/c it's over so much more quickly!!!

Deb said...

Sounds like a good run. The fox sounds cute. I wonder if you'll continue to see him while trespassing on the track.

Aneta said...

the place is on Englehard (or something like that) off of Industrial.
Google Moksha Yoga Aurora.
ya its a great place~!

Forward Foot Strides said...

So cute about the fox! 93k, I think we need to start calling you Marlene the Machine! Or ''Marchine'' lol.

Katie A. said...

You had a great week last week, too! Keep it up girlie!
Nice work at the track - it's track day for me and it's going to be 100 when I leave work - I think I'm going to die! Ha! Happy Tuesday!

Sarah said...

Whenever Colin and I run together I am reminded of why Colin and I DON'T run together!

Great workout this morning. Its only Tuesday? BOOOOOOOOOOO!

teacherwoman said...

Sounds like a great start to the day!

Emz said...

YAY for AM workouts!

Jess said...

I would want to take that fox home and cuddle it!

Andrew Opala said...

cute! Great mileage totals.

Teamarcia said...

Nice work! My 6x1200m almost killed me today...almost! How cool to have a playful fox at the track!

Quinton J said...

Nice splits.

Jill said...

Great track workout, yay! So cute about the fox - I love wildlife runs....except for the snakes. Ewww.

Heidi said...

Oh the little fox would be so cute to see. I've never seen one in the wild.

I love how your little recovery run was a nice easy 11K :). Like yeah, no biggie, just 11K - hahaha

dietitianontherun.com said...

"dark and early" - heh, that will start to be the Norm as the daily sunshine starts to decrease. Sad day!

Perfect start to a Tuessday :)

Anne said...

Wow! That's a great workout! I look forward to the day when my recovery run is 11K :)

lindsay said...

Private! All your pre-dawn hootin' and hollerin' will surely draw the cops over, but you could blame it on the fox... They'll never know. I hate on my iPhone that whenever I type "never" it comes out "ne'er". Who says that? Anyway, I'm typing from my iPhone... Pardon any weird words, this keyboard can be annoying. I hear my cube neighbor eating m&m's so I gotta go steal some but great track workout! :)

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Julie said...

seriously, marlene...if you don't finish your next marathon at about 3:40 I'm going to be surprised. You are seriously kicking butt. I need to up my game!

Johann said...

A 93k week and then a track workout! You are awesome and becoming seriously hardcore.

Laura said...

speedy...speedy... holy. I cannot imagine hitting the miles you do in a week.