Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Surprise Mile

by Meghann on February 21, 2013

If having a late morning business meeting down the street from your favorite restaurant isn’t the perfect excuse to stop in for lunch, then I’m not sure what is.


Hello, Bricks, I’ve missed you!

My meeting ended at twelve on the dot and I headed straight to The Bricks for one of their famous pressed sandwiches. After perusing the menu, the server sold me on their special of the day: their twist on a cordon bleu.


The sandwich had chicken, thick slices of ham, swiss cheese, and a spicy honey dijon sauce, all sandwiched between two slices of wheat bread and pressed.


It was a delicious sandwich. I ate all of one half and then just the inside of the other half.

After lunch I had to have a couple of cavities filled. Ugh. Not fun. When the dentist first walked in he looked at my teeth and told me “these won’t be bad, I won’t even have to numb you.” Gulp. No numbing? I politely asked if he minded if I listened to a book on my ipod while he drilled and he was fine with it.

I’m pretty sure listening to that book saved me. I sort of zoned out into the storyline and did my best to ignore the drilling going on in my non-numbed mouth. He did accidentally hit a nerve at one point (OW!), otherwise it was just a lot of scary noise and no pain. The whole process took about 30 minutes and I’ll admit it was nice leaving the dentist without having to worry if I had drool running down my chin. A big lip you can’t feel is never fun.

Since I had swim practice on the same side of town later in the day, I settled into a nearby coffee shop and worked for a few hours from there.

Swim practice was definitely needed tonight. I had a lot on my mind and was able to leave it all at the pool. Swimming can be just as therapeutic as running if you let it. Coach put us through a good workout. I felt really rusty in the beginning, but eventually found my groove and just went with it.

  • 350 warm up
  • 3 x 50 progressive easy to hard
  • 8 x 100 w/10 secs rest
  • 1 x 300 for time (5:17)
  • 5 x 50 (25 easy, 25 hard)
  • 150 cool down
  • Total: 2000 yds

After practice, we did a quick change into our running clothes (million thanks to Jess and Steph for letting me borrow some running essentials tonight!) for a quick session on the track. Coach is trying to incorporate more back-to-back workouts into our training, including impromptu speed runs after swim practice.

We weren’t sure what to expect, but were promised it was going to be quick. He had us do a short warm up around the track before telling us we were going to run a timed mile. A timed mile? What? I’m tired, hungry, and I haven’t run a timed mile in years – I give you no promises. Unfortunately there wasn’t a chance to argue, he yelled “go!” almost as soon as he announced what we were doing.

Last Sunday I made the mistake of going out way too fast in our speed work session. I was determined not to make the same mistake tonight. I resisted the urge of trying to keep up with super-speedy Jess on that first lap and found a consistent rhythm I knew I could stick with for all four laps instead. It worked. I found my pace and kept at it.

Steph was just behind me for all four laps and on the final turn I could feel her gaining speed. I fed off her desire to pull ahead and gunned it for the last 200 or so meters. I ended up coming in 3 seconds ahead of Steph at 6:55. I need to run with Steph more often, we’re about the same speed and I think we could really push each other to get some awesome times.

Also, super happy with that 6:55. Not my fastest mile ever, but not bad for a random Thursday night where I wasn’t expecting to run one. I hope we start doing timed miles more often, with a little prep, I’d love to see what I can get that time down to.

Derek and I made roasted vegetables with meatballs and marinara sauce for dinner.


I love roasted veggies with marinara sauce. This meal was comfort in a bowl.

And a mini cupcake for dessert.


It was a good day, but I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Good night!

When’s the last time you ran a mile as fast as you could for time?

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