Sep
30

September Miles and a Brick Workout

September Miles.

My long runs were longer, so I tried to keep my easy days easy.  I worked hard this month.

IMG_7182

Track Tuesday called for a Brick Workout!

Track prep.  This was my first time trying the new Chocolate Huma Chia Energy Gel.  The flavor isn’t as rich as the Chocolate Gu, but I love the chia seed texture and I like that it’s not as thick as Gu.  I imagine it would be a little easier to swallow during a race.

IMG_7179

Lots of math!

IMG_7178

The point of this workout is to start out at tempo pace, and get faster with each distance on tired legs.  It literally makes your legs feel like bricks.

I did a 4 mile warm-up/ drills

1 x 1600 w/ 1 minute rest (7:25)

4 x 800 w/400 recovery jogs (3:26, 3:25, 3:25, 3:24)

4 x 400 w/ 400 recovery jogs (1:38, 1:39, 1:38, 1:35)

1 mile cool down

Swiftwick Compression Socks for recovery after an ice bath and shower.

IMG_7184

I was craving eggs all day (which is rare for me).  Maybe I needed the protein….so for dinner we had kitchen sink salads and gouda and mushroom omelettes!

IMG_7198

And…flourless chocolate cake for dessert!

IMG_7180

Can you believe it’s October?!!!  I think of this quote every year :)

IMG_7181

Do you keep up with your monthly/ yearly mileage?  This is my first year keeping track of it.

Do you wear compressions during your workout or for recovery?

#choosejoy

Join the Conversation

  • http://eatrunlivehappy.com KickAshMom

    I’m looking forward to keeping track of my miles in 2015! I’m getting so excited! October got here so fast but that’s just okay with me. I love math when it comes to running and speed work! I have apps that help make the conversions easier though 😉
    Ashley @ Kickashmom.com

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It’s so much fun to see your hard work over the year! Have a great day!!!

  • http://2chixrun26.com susan @2chixrun26

    Holy smokes, I am so impressed with your numbers! I do keep meticulous track of my mileage:) I wear compression socks after long runs and have been wearing them at work as well. And I need that omelet for dinner–just saying.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks! Compressions really help me recover quicker. That’s so smart to wear them at work.

  • http://benedictintern.wordpress.com lmicklich

    I just bought my first pair of Swiftwicks a few weeks ago and they have been wonderful! The past two years I’ve gotten off from tracking my mileage after a couple injuries, so my goal in 2015 is to stay injury free and to track my mileage the whole year.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love to run in the swiftwick zeros! I think that’s an awesome goal for 2015…it’s so much fun to track your progress!!

  • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

    Jen, I’m so happy to hear that you like the Huma gels; I have several that I received as samples from the owner of my local running shop, but I’ve been hesitant to actually try them – ha! I will give it a go now; I love chia seeds. I’ve recently started wearing compression socks after my long runs; I think they help! I love your Anne of Green Gables quote; one of my favorites. :) Thanks for sharing!

  • http://travisandmarilynkeys.blogspot.com Marilyn

    Happy October! Your mileage is amazing – at this rate you are going to be close to 4000 by the end of the year! I have only ever worn compression socks for long runs, maybe I will give them a try for recovery too.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!!