Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Favorite Running Workout, Happy, and WINE

Today's workout:
10 miles on the treadmill @ easy 8:34 pace with 8x1 minute Fartlek intervals @ 6:40 pace (target 10k pace right now)

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the word Fartlek, here was the definition I included with my fartlek post from last November:

fart·lek (färtˈlĕk)

  1. An athletic training technique, used especially in running, in which periods of intense effort alternate with periods of less strenuous effort in a continuous workout.
  2. A workout using this technique.
Fartlek intervals are my favorites at the start of a training program or for getting back in running shape because:
  1. They break up the monotony of a run (especially on a treadmill)
  2. They are great for improving overall running fitness and getting your easy/base pace at a faster speed.  Before you know it, what once felt fast, starts feeling easier and easier.
  3. They are just enough to get your legs awake to the idea of speed without doing too much too soon.  
Happy and Thankful
This week I'm feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude, happiness and abundance.  So much to be thankful for.  The small things really.  The everyday things that are so easy to take for granted.  Just a few things that I'm feeling rich with:
  • The ability to run.  Oh, such a blessing.  And one that I DON'T take for granted.  After a serious hamstring injury back in August 2010 (the reason for starting this blog), I know that every day that I am out there running strong and improving, it is a gift.  
  • Some of you know that after my 8 mile recovery run on Sunday, I felt a ripping feeling in my left foot.  Both of my feet were feeling awful.  This scared me.  But after a day off on Monday and a light 6 miles yesterday, I am feeling strong again.  I am so thankful that A.  I was able to pull back and listen to my body.  and B.  It wasn't anything serious but just my feet saying "I need a break.  Gee, lady you just ran 12 miles @7:36 pace with the last mile @6:53 on impulse.  Take a day off already!!"  
  • Wine, pasta, and salad.  Wine.  Did I say wine?  I don't drink very often during training.  Maybe once a week if that but tonight I'm enjoying some wine and it is so good.  
  • My husband is home from work tomorrow and we get to have a family day before Christmas.  
  • This time with all of my kids home from school can be crazy but I'm really soaking up this time I have with them.  We've been sleeping in, making gifts with clay, watching movies, using our imagination and so much more.  Oh, and fighting like freaking crazy!! Don't let me make it sound like all roses.  :) Plenty of eyepoking hours that make me wish for routine if I forget to savor the moments with them.  
  • If you don't count the feet hurting this week, I'm feeling stronger than ever with running.  My body is responding so well to the higher mileage and I'm so excited to see where this season takes me.  I feel myself starting to fly like never before.  The mental stuff that help me back before is GONE!
  • Thankful for my home, my husband's job, and that we can provide for our children.  So many people are struggling right now and I'm so thankful for what we have. 
  • Gingerbread houses, Christmas movie and cuddle time with my family tonight.   
  • I am planning on catching up on blogs soon...I'm so behind
  • Oh, and a new favorite wine that is under $20:
Found this pic on google and it led me to a great new blog, The Reverse Wine Snob, about good wine under $20.  Well, I only scanned the first post I saw but it looks promising.  

1. What special things do you have planned for this week?  Do you celebrate Christmas?  
2. Do you have a favorite $10-$15 dollar wine??



  1. We have a winery three and a half miles from my house! (I know because it's my turnaround point for a seven-mile run. haha) They grow their grapes and make all of their wine there on the grounds, and it is almost ALL under $20. I'm not a wine expert by any means. I don't know a red from a burgundy from a cabernet, but I know which of their wines I like. Their plum wine? OMG.... DIVINE.

  2. It's nice that you take time to write down the things you are thankful for. That is quite a list!

    Merry Christmas!! Enjoy the time with your family. Oh, I need to start doing some fartleks. My fast pace is your slow, easy pace :-).

  3. Sounds like you have it all going on in a super awesome way, girl! Merry, merry Christmas! Yay for husbands coming home :) Yay for enjoying the kids...for the most part ;-)

    It's a wonderful life :)

  4. I used to love a glass of merlot. Enjoy the reward of hard training! Enjoy the rest too...and the craziness of having all three at home:)
    Gingerbread houses are a perfect activity. We did one today too.

  5. Enjoy the day with your family!

    You would die if you knew what we can buy that wine for. The bottling plant is near our house and they have warehouse sales a few times a's awesome! It's a good one, enjoy! Try out Cupcake wines, too. They are a good, reasonably priced wine!

  6. Glad your feet are feeling better! I used to drink wine all the time but I haven't much since I had kids. I kind of miss it, but my husband does not drink wine and if I open a bottle there is no one to help me drink it.. good and bad.

  7. I live in Walla Walla, so we are in the midst of wine country! Lots of cheap, good wine around here.
    I had two runs and one work out today. Weird day for me...never workout multiple times but needed the release!
    I'm going to borrow your treadmill workout! Sounds like a good one! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sounds like you are making the most of your kids time off! That's great - enjoy it and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  9. I'm so glad that your weird foot feeling didn't turn out to be anything too dire. Well done on listening to your body and scaling back before it got out of hand.

  10. Is there a difference between fartleks and speed training? My repeats are 400m each and the workouts follow the same pattern. Though my "speed" repeats are slower than your recovery but still ;-)

  11. Ah girl. Look at your gratitude list!! Packed full of blessings! What a beautiful life you have. So fun to have Waylon off for a family day today! Joe is off but I have to work. Seems like forever since we've had a family day and I'm so anxious for Christmas break to have that!!!

    Your running is going fantastic. I think with the increased mileage often times our body sends signals that can sometimes be fearful. Not "stop" necessarily but "be careful". I've had many that I was sure were going to end my training but seemed to feel better quickly when I relaxed a bit. Hoping this is the case for your foot as I am beyond excited to train with you for the next 16 weeks!!!!

    I love wine. Running is good for me:) Keeps me in check-ha! Lots of favorites as I generally don't spend more than $15 a bottle unless it's for a party or a gift. I'm definitely going to check out this wine!

    OK-off to work! Have a great day lovin' on your kids and your hubby and just being HAPPY!!

  12. I am probably the only person here who does not like wine. I rarely drink, and when I do, it's a sugary mixed drink. I know, boring!

    Enjoy the time with the hubby and kids. With my one kid, he gets in trouble when he is bored, so I need to make sure he is busy.

    Your running is going great. I agree with Jenn about the fear of injury, etc. It is so hard to tell, though. I am so excited to follow your training and see what those fast twitch muscles can do at Boston:)

  13. I'm thankful that both my husband and myself have great jobs. We are able to provide for our family and have a little extra too. I'm thankful for my wonderful kids. They all have their own special personalities and traits. Love them all. I absolutely love Christmas time.

  14. so great to catch up with 'runninghood' this morning! :) Inspired by where you are at with your fitness level, Amanda. Would love to feel like I'm flying again!! Instead, it's weights in my legs. :) I've been using fartleks to help me get in shape again. It makes me feel like I'm headed in the right direction. Thankful for that! Love not having to rush out first thing in the morning this week, hang out with my kids, and enjoy the season. So much to be thankful for. Headed to OMSI tomorrow night to see Polar Express at the IMAX. Can't wait!!

  15. I'm glad I found your blog this year. You are a very inspirational runner and I learn a lot from really good runners like you. My sister-n-law calls me a "Wine-idiot" when I see her around the holidays ... so I have nothing to add to the wine talk. Have a great Christmas and cherish the time with your family!

  16. oh, and I'm going to have to check out that wine...since I've been giving wine as gifts a lot this year...I've been obsessed with labels. I'm a sucker for cute packaging...especially with wine! Found one called 'mad housewife'. The label is hilarious.

  17. Amen Sista on all that thankfulness on your list. My coffee is your wine. :-) I could drink it all day if it I knew it wouldn't interrupt my sleep.

  18. I actually only drink wine between $10-$15! Haha! Yet I bought my boss a very expensive bottle of Chianti for Christmas. Go figure! I buy it but I never get to drink it.

    I forgot to congratulate you on Brooks ID! I am so excited to do another year with them. So happy we're both part of the "team".

  19. Thanks for the mention of The Reverse Wine Snob! Always happy to help with suggestions on great wine under $20!

  20. I love me some wine and have been indulging this holiday season. Once January comes around, I will not be touching it too much... so I don't have to feel guilty, right? :)

    Merry Christmas!!

  21. I love that wine label!

    There are some great wineries around an hour from my house, but the best wine I've had (I'd make the reverse wine snob look like a regular wine snob by comparison, though) was at a brewery. But it was from Montelle Winery which was only a couple miles from the brewery...wish I could remember the name.

    I had two lovely, lovely days of Christmas break before my kiddos started theirs. Now I'm ready to hang out with them and enjoy the holiday now that (most of) my shopping is done!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  22. I do! I do!

    Cupcake wines are great and can be bought for as low as $8 a bottle down here in California. Red velvet (red) and Angel Food (white) are tasty.

  23. I love everything about that post! Sometimes I like a little Barefoot ($6 a bottle!) after a fartlek-or just when the mood strikes:) Red, of course:)

    Headed to my fave place in the world for Christmas in the TX Hill Co.

    Have a blessed Holiday and keep running happy:)

  24. Alcohol is very inexpensive here, so plenty of good wines are under 420 - I like the Bolla Valpolicella when I want a fruity but dry red. I think it is $7 or $8.

  25. I like inexpensive wine finds. Barefoot pinot grigio is my favorite all year around! There are some local winery's that have good wine under $20 here in VT.

  26. Reverse wine snobs here too--we like New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs! The Big House ones are great, too--we like the Big House red.

    We're celebrating Christmas big time here. My mom just arrived and she's soaking up lots of time with my kids--it's wonderful!

  27. umm we buy $3-5 wine. and it tastes fine. hahaha. maybe i just don't have the palate to be picky. i'll have to remember the name/label for you next time.

  28. you sound busy but also quite content! I'll have to check out that wine website. I'm really into Pinots right now - and I never buy anything over $20 - that would be crazy splurging for me!

    Hope you have an awesome Christmas Amanda! Enjoy that family!

  29. I did a similar workout last year and quite enjoyed it also! it's enough to break up the monotomy sp? of the run but not so much it wears you out. I love all the things you are thankful for. you're such a reflective person. I feel like I can just read your blog to get my own refection time in! LOL

  30. Life IS good, so happy to hear things are going great for you - you so deserve it!

    Merry Christmas, my friend!

  31. Your life is such a blessing. I love when we stop and take inventory of all the things to be thankful for. What a great feeling! Have a great Christmas!