elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

An Endorphin Filled Day

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Today was bookended by two really good workouts. This morning I went to spin class for an endurance workout that pushed close to my anaerobic threshold, but not quite. The workout is probably as close to road riding as it gets, I finished feeling that I really did put the miles in. My focus is to build strength and endurance for the Syracuse Half Ironman in June. I know it is a while off, however the first 11 miles of the ride gains close to 1,100 feet in elevation. I can use all of the preparation I can get.

This afternoon I had a run workout. For a Friday, this was a speed workout which in a first. After a mile warm up I went into 6 by half mile repeats running fast enough to get into my zone four. In between was a quarter mile recovery jog. Next week I am taking another assessment test to see how I have progressed with my metabolic training. I am anxious to see the results. Today I was running my half mile repeats between 6.5 to 6.7 miles per hour on the treadmill, which translates to 9:13 to 8:57 minute miles. I finished the set feeling like I put in a hard workout, but I also knew I could have gone faster. Next up was 3 by 200 meter fast sets with 200 meter recoveries to get my legs moving quickly after a hard workout, these I did at 7.5 to 8.0 or 8:00 to 7:30 minute miles. Wow, my legs can go that fast! Even if it is for a short distance, I finished feeling strong.

Endurance in the morning and speed work in the afternoon – a day of workouts that has left me with a feeling of accomplishment and knowing I will sleep well tonight. I am breathing well too. Despite the cloudy and damp day, the endorphins running through my veins are like liquid sunshine. I am in a good mood and little could dampen my day. When I got home this evening and walked my dogs outside, I took one look at the yard and instantly thought two things. First, no wonder autumn is also called fall – the leaves have mostly fallen and all I see is orange, red, and yellow on the ground. I believe there is grass under there somewhere. Second, my thought was “boy, am I thankful I have a yard service.” With all of my workouts, the thought of raking or even carrying a leaf blower is just about the only thing that could out weigh my endorphin high. Now for dinner, a movie, and then a good night’s sleep. A great day to seize.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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