First things first – the winner of the Oiselle “Start to Finish” is LAUREN of RunYogaRepEAT!
I put all of your names on an Excel spreadsheet and then used a random number generator. I really want someone to teach me how to really use Excel one day. I hear it does cool tricks. And, Lauren, I just sent you an email.
Also, currently having palpitations about how to get to the Oakland airport from Palo Alto – WHY IS THE BAY AREA SO BIG? What do people do without cabs and such everywhere? Any of you Bay Area-ers out there, I may need to ask you all some questions.
Anyways, let’s get started for the week.
Although I follow gymnastics every year, meaning not just an Olympic year, the Olympic year in gymnastics is pretty exciting and there is a lot more media coverage. This means I can spend a lot of spare time watching videos on Gymnastike and NBCOlympics.com.
With only 5 girls making the team this year, it’s going to be very tough. My prediction is: Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney. Alt: Elizabeth Price
And, let’s not forget the men! They are deep this quadrennium and got a bronze in Beijing. If you’ve never watched the footage of when both Justin Spring (triple back) and Jonathan Horton (triple twist double layout, I think) stick their dismounts COLD in team finals, you must immediately watch them (below).
Incredible. Sasha Artemev also had a clutch pommel horse routine in that final to seal the deal. Go youtube that, too.
2. COSBY’S THIRD BIRTHDAY PARTY
Post-run, pre-run, evening snack. I’m into those Edy’s All Fruit bars.
4. NUUN ALL DAY
Love all of the flavors and love that it has less sodium.
5. CHANGING THE WORD “TEMPO” TO “T$”
If you’ve followed the tempo saga, you’ll know that the word sends me into orbit. I think if someone offered me “tempo ice cream,” I’d refuse.
So, my friend Jon told me to rename it or think of it as something else. We came upon “T$,” so I can say to myself “just an easy T$” run.
And, you know what? It worked. I had a successful 4 mile T$ run during which I did NOT stop. If you’ve followed the saga, you’d know that a 4 mile tempo usually has about 3 stops for me.
A few things I did today to turn it around:
A. Started out slower – aimed for 8:15 pace rather than 8 min, but first mile had to be closer to 8:30; I always aim for 8 min, usually go under the first mile, the pace feels hard, I feel frustrated – I decided that I wanted to stop making the same mistake so I was going to try to run at a pace where I felt I could do one more mile
B. Changed the name
C. Changed the goal – a lot of times in my workouts, I’m trying to be awesome, to hit a grand slam. So, I told myself, “Meggie, today just be good, go get a base hit.” A lot of base hits will had up to something awesome, whereas one grand slam, but a majority of strike outs doesn’t.
Oh, my splits were 8:24, 8:18, 8:11, 8:12. I’d say a base hit. No grand slam for sure, but a base hit and NO STOPS.
I figured I needed to start somewhere with a continuous T$ run if I was ever going to reap the benefits of T$ work. Keep getting base hits for a while and maybe in a few months, I’ll hit a grand slam.
TELL ME: SOMETHING PARTICULARLY EXCITING OR OF INTEREST THIS WEEK.
Until next time!