Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fast Food Nation

AM: 20 mins. core
25 mins. pool
PM: 59 mins.
8 miles

Another early morning core routine, this time followed by a team session in the pool. I'll be honest, I don't really love it in there, and not just because it makes my hair frizzy. I actually find it pretty monotonous. Jeff tries to keep things upbeat by incorporating fartlek-type efforts throughout, which definitely helps. Overall though I'm not a huge fan.

In the early afternoon Blake and I met Tanya and Sean for an easy run at McAlpine. I was sporting a new pair of Oxysocks courtesy of Jeffrey, and I'm confident they're going to be my new secret recovery weapon. Temps were in the mid 30s but the sun was shining and I warmed up quickly despite only wearing shorts and a light long sleeve. Even though we took out the first mile in a pedestrian 7:45, Blake was clearly hurting from his workout yesterday (when he ripped off 25x400 in low 60s), and he fell off the back about a half mile in. Sean chilled with Tanya and me for the first four miles before picking up the pace toward the end. She and I continued comfortably and ended up not even noticing that we'd squeezed down the pace to 7:00 for the last few miles. Overall, a beautiful day and a great run.

More importantly: on the way home Blake and I discovered that we were ravenously hungry. Neither of us had really eaten lunch due to the early-ish time of our afternoon run, so by 4:30 our stomachs were most displeased. My instincts told me to go for Chik-Fil-A, especially since Jeff and I had attempted to patronize them in our pajamas last night around 10:15 and the bastards were closed. Blake, however, needed "meat products that come from a cow," so we made a quick detour to Mickey D's where he promptly ordered three double cheeseburgers and one filet-o-fish. The drive home from there took approximately 3 minutes and he was already halfway done with his meal. I'd barely delved into my salty and delicious waffle fries before he'd polished off the entire herd of cows. Put simply, it was an inspiring food consumption performance.