Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Clif Bars

I just discovered an awesome flavor of Clif Bars, white chocolate macadamia nut! If I can't eat a white chocolate macadamia cookie before my run, a Clif Bar will certainly do. A Clif Bar supposedly has more nutritional benefits anyway.I instagramed it to showcase its overpriced awesomeness.

Look at that deliciousness. 
To feel like I deserved that bar, I decided to go for a speed workout. Nothing like intervals to kick off an awesome training season! Granted, I still haven't got a plan, but I'm getting there. I have a general idea of what I want from a plan, and if I can't find it, I will create it . . . soonish.

So I modified the Yasso 800s today to get in some speed work. By modified, I just mean that I reduced the repeats to 4. I think technically, I'm supposed to repeat it more, but I wanted to go back home and eat lunch while watching How I Met Your Mother.

I suited up (in running clothes) and ran a mile to Beebe Lake, an artificial lake, on campus. And proceeded to run laps around it. I also didn't set my watch for an interval workout beforehand and lapped the watch manually. Hence, the weird 0.51miles distance intervals and more than four minutes of rest, when I started zoning out and forgot to start the next lap.
I normally suck at speed intervals, because they stress me out. But I actually got it done! 
The best part was that I was able to keep the speed up, more or less, even though the loop wasn't flat. 
Since the school track is open only during lunch time, I never use it. Instead, I usually run on a flat stretch of road. But today, I just felt like looping on the uneven terrain of the trail next to the lake. 

A rough estimate of where my intervals might have been. The point is, that it wasn't flat. 
Now I'm ready to take a slow easy run tomorrow that I earned. 

What are some of you guy's favorite speed workouts? 


  1. Great job on the 800's! It is hard to find a flat stretch perfect for intervals if you aren't on a track...I have the same problem.
    I love the graphs. :)

    And CLif bars are AWESOME. I haven't tried that flavor yet.

  2. Coincidentally, I did intervals too today. But I ran in the track. Track is best but your workout looks pretty solid and fast :-) I can't get into clif bars for one reason or another. They are kind of too dense and sweet for me. Instead, I am loving the zbars lately which are less moist and weigh less on my stomach. Paired with some fruit, they are my favorite go-to snack these days.

    1. Ooh, I will give the z bars a try.

  3. Awesome job Rena! Clif Bars are great and I love white chocolate macadamia nut! We had those cookies at our wedding (even though Mike doesn't like them haha).

    We haven't done much speed work, but we are going to start soon. I did do a 2 miler yesterday at 8:47 average pace though.

    1. That is an awesome pace! I find it hard to hold a fast pace for longer than 800m unless I'm racing.

  4. I love that flavor of Clif bar! Great job on the run, that's hard to do on hills!