Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Running to the beat

by Meghann on October 4, 2011

We had company at track practice tonight.

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The high school band heard we were in need of some motivation, so they came out to cheer us on during our speed sets. Who needs headphones when you’ve got a 100 person marching band to pump you up?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Or….. they just happened to still be practicing when we started. Eh. Who’s to judge?

Besides the constant ‘beep, beep, beep, beep’ playing in the background, it was fun to have the band out there tonight. I was never in the marching band in high school, but – once upon a time – I played the trumpet in middle school. I was awful – really, really awful. We had to test for our seats and I was 10th out of 10 every time. It wasn’t pretty. Trust me.

Playing an instrument is tough. Learning to walk and play memorized songs is even tougher. Kudos to all those kids out there tonight who did an awesome job. They rock.

My fellow T3 teammates rock too.

It was my first session back since Augusta and it was fun to catch up and hear everyone’s stories of how their own races went. Luis (one of my favorite coaches who always pushes my pace to wear it should be) told me he had started a wave ahead of his son, but found him during the first transition. They ended up racing and finishing their first 70.3 side-by-side. That story made me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

The workouts tonight weren’t terribly tough.

  • 1200 warm up
  • 2 x 800 @ medium
  • 2 x 800 @ fast
  • 2 x 800 @ medium
  • 400 cool down

I ended up taking the sets a tad easier than normal and kept the medium laps at a conversation pace, so I could play catch up. It was a nice re-introduction back into speed work after a 2 week hiatus.

Before the track I had a Kashi Bar as pre-run fuel.

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I started on dinner almost as soon I walked in the door.

  • Broiler on
  • Meat seasoned
  • Rutabaga peeled
  • Rutabaga chopped
  • Pot of water boiling
  • Meat under broiler
  • Timer set
  • Broccoli microwaved
  • Meat turned
  • Rutabaga mashed
  • Done!

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I wasn’t a fan of the broccoli steam-in-a-bag. It smelled and tasted off. Blah.

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Derek asked me what was wrong with the potatoes. I told him it was rutabaga. He wasn’t a fan.

Oh, well. More for me next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The sirloins came out better than expected.

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A little chewy, but not overdone (I’m always scared of overdoing the meat).

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Pumpkin bread made a delicious dessert.

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Thanks to the band, I’m going to have ‘Firework’ stuck in my head all evening.

‘Cause baby you’re a firework / Come on, show ’em what you’re worth / Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh” / As you shoot across the sky-y-y /

Awesome song for a halftime show by the way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Good Night!

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