Need for Speed.

Last night I decided I wanted to do some yoga. Oh yoga, I have missed you so! The downward facing dogs, crescent lunges, warriors 1, 2 & 3 have been absent in my life for much too long. So I decided it was time to do something about it. I went to a power yoga class last night at the 24 Hour Fitness club in Irving. 60 minutes of sheer bliss. One thing about yoga though is you can definitely tell the difference when you haven’t done it in a while. Everything was tight but I was patient with self. It just felt good to be back in the class.
One day, I will be able to rock the wheel/backbend pose again…sigh. Anyone ever done tree yoga? Now that is a lot of fun…
This morning I was up early to hit some weights & get a quick run in. I went to an hour of Muscle Blast where we did plenty of deadlifts, squats, and clean & presses. My absolute favorite set is the clean and press. I don’t know what it is but I feel so powerful when I do that move, like I could conquer the world type of powerful. Good stuff.
After class I decided to work on my SPEED. I was inspired my msfitrunner (who by the way is a rockstar in every since of the word) to try speedwork on the treadmill. I really enjoyed pushing myself this morning! Call me sadistic if you want, it’s okay. I did a total of 5 400 meter sprints, with a 400 meter recovery jog between each set. Each 400m sprint was at a 6:40 (9.0) pace, the 5th one I kicked it up to a 6:19 pace (9.5 speed on the treadie). I realized it has been so long since I have pushed myself like that. After each sprint I was truly maxed out and needed the recovery. Each recovery jog was at a 10 minute (6.0) pace. Overall, I was happy with my little makeshift speed workout. I know that I will only build and improve from here. The 3 miles total, including speed and recovery, went by SO fast!
While I worked on speed I kept myself motivated with some heart pumping music. Here are some songs that have been in my heavy rotation:
After my little speedy jaunt I went home and enjoyed a glass of tasty chocolate almond milk. Man, is this stuff good, easy on my tummy, and refreshing after a challenging workout or run! It is super chocolatey. I bet it would taste great in smoothie form.
This week will be a busy one for me on the work front but I will try and keep you guys posted on my workouts! I hope everyone has a productive week!
What are some of your favorite songs to run to? Do you have a favorite type of recovery drink after a hard workout? 

Published by thedancingrunner

Marathon runner & group fitness instructor at 24 Hour Fitness. Passionate about family, friends, traveling. Loves destination races. Loves dining out, cooking in, being around down to earth people, writing, sunrises.

8 thoughts on “Need for Speed.

  1. I turned on the Flo Rida Pandora station last night while I was getting my spin on and every song was perfect to spin to! 🙂 By the way, I kept seeing that dark chocolate almond milk on your blog, and I was finally able to track it down today after a couple weeks of searching. That stuff is delicious! Thanks for letting us know about it.

  2. TREE YOGA looks crazy!!
    I need some yoga in my life…I enjoy HOT power, I do not have the patience for Bikram, hopefully one day I do because it is sooooo revitalizing 🙂
    SPEED is good, and it hurts SO good!!!
    mmmm DARK chocolate almond milk, I need that in my life right now too!
    I hope your week is off to a great start!

  3. I really like hip-hop, upbeat, pop type of music to run to….anything that makes me want to dance is also perfect for running!
    Love Silk Milk…so good for overnight oats. Google recipes, because there are so many variations! What I like to do is use one part oats, one part soy milk (vanilla almond my fav) then throw it in the fridge overnight. I eat it cold, but you could microwave if you like it warm. Also add goodies: peanut butter, nuts, granola, yogurt, berries….whatever your heart desires. Get creative! Let me know what you think once you try. Have a good rest of the week Lady!

  4. You’re a speed demon, good job! I like clean and presses during my muscle-focused fitness class of choice (Group Power) as well. They are always very hard because they’re usually in the same song as deadlifts and I can lift a bigger amount for those than I use for clean and presses, but I stick with the heavier weight and fight through those presses, and always feel like a beast afterward.

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