Warm up 3-Miles
2 X 1600 in 6:20 with 30 sec recovery in between
2 min recovery
2 X 800 in 2:57 with 30 sec recovery in between
2 min recovery
2 X 400 in 84 with 30 sec min recovery in between
5-8 minutes Recovery
2 X 1600 in 6:25 with 30 sec recovery in between
2 min recovery
2 X 800 in 3:05 with 30 sec recovery in between
2 min recovery
2 X 400 in 88 with 30 sec min recovery in between
Warm Down 2-miles
(It doesn't look so bad at first glance, but I am here to tell you it is those 30 second rest intervals that about kill you).
Last week my schedule had me do a half Gut Buster. I KILLED it. I did the miles in 6:09 and 6:09, the 800's in 2:51 and 2:49, and the 400's in 78 and 79 seconds. I ran it on the track and I felt fast and strong. It was a tough workout and I was glad to be done when it was over, but if I had to do the full workout last week I could have and would have.
I was actually even pretty excited to run the full Gut Buster this week. I knew it was going to be a big challenge and I was ready for it. I love the track and track work. And then Mother Nature lost her mind, and we got slammed with a huge snow, ice and wind storm last night. There are inches of ice on everything. Roads are closed in some places. We have gotten about six inches of snow, and the winds got up to 30mph. My track is once again buried in winter mess. Blargh.
The idea of running the Gut Buster on the treadmill made me want to cry. I knew I could email Coach and ask to move it back a week or something, but my mileage is scaled back this week because of this workout and gets up near 100 next week, and I didn't want to mess up the schedule. So I sucked it up and did the darn thing on the treadmill. I had been SO hoping to be done with that thing for the season.
Last week I was amazed at how quickly four laps around the track flew by in the mile repeats. Today, the miles felt like they went on FOREVER. Last week I was thrilled with how easy the sub 5:20 pace felt on the 400's as I burned around the track. Today the 400's felt really hard. (So did the 800s). Last week I was kicking butt. This week I was surviving.
But I did it. There weren't any heroics. I didn't kill the paces and the workout like last week - I ran it exactly as prescribed and fought the whole way through. I usually enjoy my runs. I like to work hard - I embrace the challenge and the fight. I tried to keep a good attitude today, but man, it was pretty sucky. I just really really REALLY detest speedwork on the treadmill.
I want another crack at the Gut Buster before Chicago - on the track!
I am VERY grateful though to Mother Nature for giving us good weather over the weekend. We had SO MUCH FUN.
We swam and swam and swam in the hotel pool, the older girls got their hair done, we spent a full day at the amusement park, we had a nice dinner for Des' birthday, we got new shoes for all the kids, we had a TOTAL blast at an indoor trampoline park, and then we had "make your own frozen yogurt creations" for dinner. The amusement park (Lagoon Park in Salt Lake) was perfect. The weather only got to about 60 degrees and there were very few people there. The kids could literally walk right up and ride anything, and then could get off and get right back on if they wanted to. I don't think we waited more than five minutes to ride anything the whole day. They rode everything in the park and lots of things many times. We definitely got our money's worth!
And the trampoline park might be the most fun thing we have ever done. We laughed and laughed and laughed. I felt bad for the parents sitting on the benches watching their kids - they were missing out! One of us had to hold Noah (who kept saying, "jump jump jump jump") so I definitely got an extra workout in. :) Noah really liked the rides too! He had so much fun (as we all did). I had someone ask me if we took him with us, and YES, we always take him with us. We include him in everything we do as a family and I would not have it any other way.
We rarely have the money to do weekends like this, so it was definitely a special treat all the way around. With our oldest graduating next month, I know our opportunities for these things are limited, so we were very grateful for this short trip. It was a crazy fun, MUCH needed long weekend getaway. We did nothing but play (and eat!) and it was awesome to have so much family time. I just love being with Josh and the kids. The kids were all great and they got along so well. I love watching my kids together. They are brothers and sisters but they are friends too and it is the best.
Here are some pics!
|There was no way to get them to be still. :) This was when the big girls were getting their hair done. I am pretty sure at least a few of my kids have gills. :)|
|First ones at the amusement park! That is our van you can see behind us, all alone in the parking lot. :) We loved every minute! So much more fun than fighting crowds and heat in the summer.|
|Yeah - Shorty and Belane were on this with Josh and the big kids. Most of my kids are FEARLESS when it comes to rides.|
|This one was a lot tamer. :) Noah is sitting next to Ben. It was his first ride and he LOVED it. He was smiling and laughing the whole time.|
|Josh and Noah having fun in the Jeeps!|
|Go carts were a big hit! Marcus won!!! Here are three cars worth of Hendersons in action. :)|
|Me and my love! We had as much fun as the kids. :)|
|This is how most of my pics from the trampoline park came out! (this is Shorty)|
|Josh and Noah!|
|M dunking it! They had basketball hoops, dodge ball, foam pits to jump into, and all kinds of fun. The kids LOVED it.|
|N dunking it! I wish I had gotten pics of some of the flips Shane and Josh were doing but they just didn't come out.|
|This was in an art gallery. D loved the sparkling reindeer and the pic came out pretty cool.|
Now could someone please please please send spring back to the Rocky Mountains?