Wednesday, April 20, 2011

For the record I did not eat cat

Misfortune cookies
Today's workout (elliptical): 35 minutes

Last night my family took me out to a local Chinese restaurant for my birthday and we had a great meal and a great time. We kept things going when we got home with ice cream and fortune cookies that were ostensibly packaged up with our dinner's leftovers. They gave me the honor of opening the first fortune cookie and it read "You just ate cat." There were a number of other questionable fortunes in the other cookies that were actually purchased online by my family. I found it all very amusing.

My plan today was either to rest or return to the track for some speed work. Yesterday we'd stopped by Sports Authority and I bought a stopwatch to help me with speed drills. The stopwatches on my iPhone and Garmin work fine but they are not easy to use when you do both the running and the timing. The unit I bought was $15 and it will be easy to carry as I run intervals.

When my wife started her daily treadmill run this morning I decided to join her on the elliptical to focus on some under-worked muscles. Anticipating a short session I set the elliptical to its highest resistance setting and figured I'd go for about 10 minutes. At the ten minute mark I chose to continue and worked the machine in reverse which was very difficult.

Reversing the direction was toughest on my upper body and my arms were aching five minutes in. I switched back to forward motion and continued for another 20 minutes, still at the highest resistance level. I finished feeling like I'd made some good progress in my conditioning.

I'm thinking about speed work tomorrow though I'm due for a rest day soon. There's only a few more days left for hard workouts before my half marathon taper. I need to make every one count.

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