Down, up, down, up, repeat, repeat, repeat.
Today was hill repeats and I performed them over my lunch break. I upped the hills repeats to 4 this week (as opposed to 3 the previous week). I started with a 500m flat warm up jog and then got to it. Performing the repeats on a steep hill that lasts over 1 km in length, I used the bottom, steeper half of the hill adding on 100m flat surface at the bottom for my workout. I ran down the hill and then back up halfway to run down again and then up halfway again, etc. My repeats ended up being 500m on the hill and 100m flat for a total of 600m each way. I travelled 5.5 km in total averaging a 5:54 pace. The whole workout took just over 30 minutes.
It was a good workout but I was very lucky that today’s temperatures were unseasonably cold as if there was humidity I would have been in trouble. By the last repeat I was in need of water so as I add on hill repeats and my workouts get longer I’ll have to arrange to bring water with me. When I got back to the office I recovered using Vega Vanilla Performance Protein with a cup of oat milk. I use a SmartShake bottle to mix it and it works wonderfully (can be ordered from bodybuilding.com).
Now it’s time for me to actually eat my lunch and I’ll be having turkey with avocado on rice cakes. I’m finding that going gluten and dairy free have helped my digestion 100% and everyday I’m finding new meals to put together. The only problem is I now do not know if it is the dairy or gluten or both that have been giving me digestion issues and I’m too chicken to bring one back into my diet to find out; for now I’ll keep going being both gluten and dairy free.
I am still off of coffee, but have now started drinking green tea like a fiend. I’m slowly trying to replace the green tea with decaf herbal tea but it’s taking some time. As for my energy, I am feeling good. I would say that most days I do not feel the need for a nap but there is still a day or two a week where when 3 o’clock hits I find myself at my desk daydreaming about taking a siesta. Let’s hope today isn’t one of those days.
Tomorrow the plan is to hit up arms and back at lunch with my coworkers and then after work go for a 4k tempo run. Hope y’all are excelling at your fitness goals! More later.