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Tempo Thursday

by Meghann on July 8, 2010

Happy Tempo Thursday!

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I <3 tempo runs! I actually heart interval runs of all shapes and sizes. There is something about knowing you only have to go that certain speed for so long that makes it feel that much easier. I mean 2 miles? Pshh… that’s nothin’! 😉

Ok, so 2 miles isn’t nothing, but it’s better than doing the whole six miles at 8:06. Well, for now at least.

Here are my tempo stats:

  • Mile 1: 9:33
  • Mile 2: 9:28
  • Mile 3: 8:12
  • Mile 4: 8:09
  • Mile 5: 9:15
  • Mile 6: 9:21

My cool down miles are always faster than my warm up miles. By then my body is used to going at a faster speed, so going a minute slower per mile feels like nothing. I feel so much stronger at the end than at the beginning.

Breakfast this morning was sweet, filling, and satisfying.

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I’m not a big fan of toasted frozen waffles straight from the box with boring syrup and butter. (Not even in my youth) But, I LOVE toasted waffles slathered with almond butter, preserves, flax, and dates.

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Mmmm….. much better. 😉

I had won this jar of Food for Thought Strawberry Basil Preserves from a blog giveaway ages ago, but was trying to finish off my other jars of preserves before I opened it.

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I couldn’t really taste the basil, but I thought the preserves were a great chunky consistency and were sweet, but not overwelmingly sweet. They made a great addition of the almond butter on the waffles. 🙂

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On the side I had a peach and strawberries with a dollop of plain greek yogurt.

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Breakfast perfection. 🙂

Happy Birthday Ashley!

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Today’s is my little brother’s girlfriend’s 20th birthday! Woo hoo!!

My family has a thing with birthdays and the number 8.

  • My twin bro and I share the birthday February 8th
  • My little sister was born on May 8th
  • My youngest brother is November 17th (1+7 = 8 )
  • Derek’s birthday is April 8th
  • Anthony’s birthday is August 26th (2+6=8)
  • And Ashley’s birthday is July 8th

We’re still trying to figure out how our parent’s birthdays fit in there. 1/6/63 and 9/2/64…. hmmmm… maybe they’ll just be the oddballs in these equations. ;) 

Don’t forget you have until noon to enter my BatterU giveaway!

1 Danielle July 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

I’ve taken up swimming this summer! I recently lost a lot of weight so this is the first summer I feel somewhat comfortable in a bathing suit at a public pool!

2 Danielle July 8, 2010 at 9:17 am

Oops, wrong post 🙂

3 britchickruns July 8, 2010 at 9:18 am

9/2/64 – 9×4 = 83 (there’s an 8!) and 2 + 6 = 8 😀 I’m stumped otherwise 😛
Good job on the run!I wish I shared your tempo love 😛

4 Courtney @ Three Months July 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

Nice tempo run and very nice breakfast! 🙂

5 Emily G. July 8, 2010 at 9:22 am

01/06/63

6+6=12-3-1=8! 🙂

6 Eating Abroad July 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

Funny about the birthday 8. There are 6 people in my immediate family, 3 of us have a birthday on the 28th of a month. One of my brothers is a 28th want to be and came on the 25th.

7 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

What exactly is a “tempo run”? Is it a run at race speed?

8 ana July 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

tempos are usually run at a ‘comfortably hard’ pace for about 10-15 minutes at a time…so you can basically warm up, then run up to 2ish miles at your ‘comfortably hard’ pace, return to your recovery pace and then you can repeat for another 2ish miles at comfortably hard. then recover, etc, etc. they’re usually run at your 15K pace (if you’re training for a half or full marathon)…so its like 20-30 s faster than your goal pace.

9 Tara July 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

If you combine the months and days of your parents’ birthdays you have 9-1=8 and 2+6=8!

10 Lindsey @ Sound Eats July 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

that’s what I first saw, too!

11 kristin July 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

If you get a little creative

1/6/63 –> (6+6) – (1+3) = 8

and

9/2/64 –> (9×2) – (6+4) = 8

but that might be stretching it a bit haha.

12 Carrie H July 8, 2010 at 11:36 am

Ha! I thought the same thing. 🙂

13 Jenny July 8, 2010 at 9:34 am

Looks like a great breakfast and workout!

14 sweetersalt July 8, 2010 at 9:45 am

My dad has the same birthday as you, and I’m the day after. Everyone in my family is born in February! Isn’t it weird how that happens?

15 andrea @ a cake for a wife. July 8, 2010 at 9:45 am

Well, your parents birthdays both add up to 7, maybe because they’re the previous generation! 🙂 Then you guys are the 8s, and the next generation of birthdays (your own kids, nieces and nephews, etc.) will all be 9s. 🙂

16 andrea @ a cake for a wife. July 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

Well, by ‘add up’, I mean equal. 🙂 (6+1, and 9-2)

17 Martha July 8, 2010 at 11:58 am

This was my thinking exactly!

18 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

The days of their 2 birthdays add up to 8….6+2=8. Yay they’re included!

19 Evan Thomas July 8, 2010 at 10:10 am

1 x 6 x (6/3) = 8
9 – (2/(6-4)) = 8

20 Evan Thomas July 8, 2010 at 10:11 am

I mean 1 x 6 + (6/3) = 8

21 biz319 July 8, 2010 at 10:30 am

Such a cute picture – Happy Birthday Ashley!!

22 Rosey Rebecca July 8, 2010 at 11:00 am

Strawberry basil preserves sounds so interesting. It’s a shame you couldn’t taste the basil though. That pic of your brother and his girlfriend is adorable. Happy birthday to her!! The 8 thing is really cool, too.

I’m having an amazing grass giveaway on my blog if you’re interested!

http://roseyrebecca.com/2010/07/07/amazing-grass-giveaway/

23 Jenn @ healthyhoofbeats July 8, 2010 at 11:36 am

I totally agree with you on not liking plain syrup and butter on frozen waffles! PB and jam all the way! 🙂

24 Run Sarah July 8, 2010 at 11:44 am

Love the idea of adding flax and dates to waffles for a bit more satiety and taste! Too funny about the 8 – ’24’ is a super common number for birthdays, anniversaries, etc in my husbands family.

25 missyrayn July 8, 2010 at 11:53 am

Happy Birthday Ashley!

Fun family facts about the 8 thing. 🙂

26 Rachael July 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I love the combination of fruit and herbs – strawberry basil is amazing and so is blackberry sage!

27 anotherannabanana July 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I’ve got one for the first set of numbers…

1/6/63 =
a) 1+6 = 7
b) 6+3 = 9
c) What comes between 7 and 9? 8!

That’s cute that y’all have 8’s and I love the comment above about your parents being 7’s because they’re the previous generation!

28 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Glad you enjoyed your run and your tasty breakfast…it looks yum!

29 Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) July 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Do you usually eat a bite when you wak up before a run? Im hungry in the mornings but want to run then too! That bfast looks yummy!

30 MaryAnn July 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm

9*2 + 6*4 = 42 —> 4*2 = 8

1*6 + 6*3 = 24 —> 2*4 = 8

31 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale July 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm

(9×2) – 6 – 4 = 8

32 BroccoliHut July 8, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Love the sound of that waffle combo–dates make everything taste better, no?

33 Stephanie July 9, 2010 at 9:21 am

Maybe your parents are the precursors… (1+6=7) and (9-2=7)! That’s really cool though!!

34 luckytastebuds July 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

yayy I’m glad you finally got to try the strawberry basil preserves!! Since they don’t have preservatives, I just wanted to give you a heads up that they don’t last as long as most other jams! 🙂

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