Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Need for Speed

Went out to the indoor track this evening to put in a few miles (or whatever I ran in 1:00.05 anyway). No basketball games in there today. Yay!! Let's see if I can remember who all was there: Casey, Andy, Tom W, Tom O, Trevor, Dave, Dan (and his boys), Marilee, Renee K, Rob, Mark, Jenny, Andy, Renee S.

It's really fun to watch Travis Beniak run. So fast, such beautiful form. Wow. For the most part, I just ran in lane 5 to get in some miles inside in preparation for Zoom!Yah!Yah! on January 10 (150 laps on the St. Olaf indoor track--a marathon). The rest of the crew did a ladder workout, I believe. I did do a couple of timed quarters (slow!) and some 100's. I think that after the marathon, I will get back to doing speedwork on a regular basis as I have certainly lost speed. My 1/4s were 1:34 and 1:29. I did put in 2 hours on the Stairmaster this morning. Hopefully that had something to do with being slow. Most of my laps were about 1:00, so I'm going to call it 7'ish including water stops.

Marilee had a birthday last week and apparently she got talked into buying a round after this week's workout. So we were off to Whistle Binkie's after leaving the track.

Thank you, Marilee, and happy belated birthday!!

Matt again ran in shorts today, with temps in the teens. Today I decided to capture it "on film".

I made my friend Kathryn's cinnamon chip cookies for after the run today. The concensus was that the recipe is a keeper. Kind of tastes like a cinnamon roll in cookie form.

For dinner I made salmon ...

(just baked it for 10 minutes @ 450 with some olive oil and lemon pepper)

and asparagus soup (Cooking Light recipe on my recipe blog).

Delish. With a slice of Great Harvest Bread, dinner was complete.

I need to get this 2010 Cookie Count Contest going. What's up with that?? Well, send me your guess for how many cookies I will bake in 2010. I'll keep a running count on my blog. The person who's closest at the end of the year will get a batch of cookies of their choosing. Send me your guess at rsaxman@charter.net :-)

From Peg: There is an opening for an assistant manager at the Grand Ave Running Room store in St. Paul. The manager, Kira, is currently taking applications for this position. If you or someone you know is interested in a career with the Running Room please send a cover letter and resume to Kira's attention at grandavenue@runningroom.com . Kira would like to conduct interviews next week.

My friend Kathy Carlson is coming to the Polar Bear lunch run on Saturday all the way from Waite Park (St. Cloud). I am so happy!! Hope it's a good crowd as there's lots of food. Thank you RTC for providing the free meal!!

I guess I'll venture down to the Y in the early AM (5:15) and see if anyone else shows up. Afterwards, I'll go for a swim. I'm off work until next Wednesday. :-)

Well, there are dishes to wash so I'd best get busy. Until tomorrow ...


Julie said...

Hi Renee,
You need to be in lane 3! Lane 3 was my favorite for running everything from a 400 down to a 100 meter. I wonder what my time would be now for a 400 meter. When I was in high school my time was 58 or 59 seconds. I am sure that I am way slower now:) The track that you were running on....is it a true track in terms of once around equals a 400 meter? Just seeing those pictures brings back good old track memories for me:)

I can't beleive that you spent that much time on the stair master! You are such a Rock Star!!

Team R.E.D. said...

Thanks for the cookies tonight Renee! Those cina-cookies hit the spot!