Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Doughnuts Do Not Equal Super Food

First, I should explain that title...back a year, maybe two, ago, I discovered, quite by accident, due to a co-workers birthday...that if I were to eat cake around 2/2:30 in the afternoon, when I went for a run at 4:30 or so in the afternoon, I had a fantastic run (if I could get it work to post the link to that post I would but last time I did it, something screwed up, so I dare not try!)...that happened more than once...hence, cake is a super food. Today there were doughnuts...I should not have had one but I did...and I went home, and I started running, and it wasn't feeling great...and I thought right away, yeah, should've skipped the doughnut, but 1:06:50 and 8 miles later, with an average pace of 8:21, I guess it wasn't THAT bad. I've been running those "cruise intervals" on Tuedays at the gym, starting with a mile warmup, doing a faster mile 8:15 or so pace is what I've been getting...and I thought maybe the gym was off. Today I got home and it was calm, it was cool, but not too bad, so I ran outside. Over the hills I normally run even, and what do you know, the splits were similar:

Mile 1 - 8:54
Mile 2 - 7:55
Mile 3 - 8:54
Mile 4 - 7:47 (this was about half downhill so I give that some of the credit)
Mile 5 - 8:41
Mile 6 - 7:56
Mile 7 - 7:59 (these 2 miles were intended to be back to back fast, the second one had a patch over icy snow)
Mile 8 - 8:41

So what do you know, the gym track must be the length I've been told and my pace is doing well. I was fairly pleased with how I felt at the end. My glute is a little tight and sore, I had done a 30 minute bike ride and some ab work this morning. Tomorrow I'm strength training and an easy 4 mile recovery run. No second workout as I'm meeting a friend for a bit of shopping and maybe a drink, so definitely have to get the workout in in the morning. Means I need to be up EARLY!!

I'm posting this picture of both Max (my parents dog) and Beaux (my sister's dog and last weekends snuggle buddy) cause it's cute and Josh thinks my posts should have running, snuggle buddies and beer in them...

And to top off the post, I think I'm going to see what kind of beer is in the fridge right now!


JustRun said...

I think I could get into this cake and doughnut thing! :)

Great job on your running!

Molly said...

Numbers look good! Donuts may not be TOO bad!
Love the snugglers!
Take Care

Andy said...

Interesting theory on the cake and I think you are right. Maybe the donuts just have enough fat that makes you sluggish but you did have a decent run.

Kurt said...

Beer is always good. A few donuts will not hurt you now and then.