Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mile Repeats & Super Stuffed Spuds

Oh yeah, mile repeats on the schedule for today.

I didn't have any pics of me running today so here's an old picture of me stretching with a kiddie running group we led in college. I'll have to blog about that sometime. 
I've done this workout a couple times already this training cycle, but only done 3x1-mile. Today I cranked it up to 4! I brought my running clothes with me and hit the track after school this afternoon. Coincidentally right when the marching band was practicing. At least I had accountability with my students watching?

The plan was to do 4-5x1-mile with 1/2 mile jogs. I am still adjusting to the whole jog recovery thing - in college, we always had standing recovery. Jog recovery makes you tired! 

Today was a little rough, very humid and BUGGY! I didn't have my camera, but my chest was plastered with bugs. Along with a bug in my eye and a bug stuck in my teeth, which was oh-so-kindly pointed out by one of my students/cross country runners. Gross.

I hoped to hit anywhere between 6:24-6:28 with these repeats. Here's how it went down:

  • Mile 1 - 6:24
  • Mile 2 - 6:25
  • Mile 3 - 6:23
  • Mile 4 - 6:25
Pretty smooth & steady! Very consistent. But I was totally wiped after. No way was I doing a fifth one. I totaled 8 miles for the day.

When I got home, it was time to make dinner. I was hangry. The plan was to make twice-baked potatoes. But those take forever! Bake potatoes? Then bake them again? Ahhh... meet my friend the microwave.

Microwave-baked potatoes in less than 10 minutes. I threw them in the microwave, hopped in the shower, and they were ready by the time I got out!

First, I scooped out the flesh and placed it in a bowl.

Naked potatoes!

Potato flesh. Appetizing.
I added plain Greek yogurt (for protein! and that yummy sour cream flavor), milk, garlic, salt & pepper. Oh and a small pat of butter. I tried mashing with my spoon, but it wasn't doing the trick, so I whipped out my secret weapon.

Why yes, I still wear track t-shirts from high school. Don't you?

Blend away for creamy & smooth mashed potatoes.

But I wasn't done yet. Now it's time for the good stuff. Bacon. Cheese.

Does anybody else microwave their bacon? So easy! And no splatters.

The good stuff.

All mixed up!
I used 3 slices of crumbled bacon and about 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese. I saved a bit to sprinkle over the top, too.

Re-fill your naked potatoes, top with more cheese & bacon, and bake at 425*F about 12-15 minutes until roasty toasty!

This meal was delicious. Crispy & smooth and cheesy. Very cheesy. Not good for the lactose-sensitive people. The only thing missing was a big ole' steak. But my Business Man didn't complain.

It was a gorgeous night and we ate outside. Halfway through the meal my Business Man got up and found this weird nut looking thing and threw it toward me. It landed right by my feet.

Will you soothe my aching feet?
And that's when I realized it would be perfect for rolling out my arches. 

Why certainly!
And that, my friends, is why I'm weird. Using unknown round nut-thingies found in the yard to roll out my arches. Perhaps I should invest in a tennis ball.


Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Haha, I would have used that for my feet too, definitely! Great times for those repeats--jogging recovery is TOUGH!

Jessica @ rerunrunning said...

Nice repeats!!! I seriously love mile reapeats. Great pace and perfect consistency! I think 4x1 mile is the most I've ever done... 5 would be tough!

Those potatoes look awesome! We microwave our bacon, too! I mean, I microwave it for Jason... I'm not a bacon fan... Not at all. Cheese and potatoes though... Yeah, I'm all over that!

Cecily @ www.rerunrunning.com said...

Whoa, those potatoes are looking pretty tasty! And easy...must steal recipe...

Your workout rocked! I love when mile repeats go so consistently. They make me feel awesome! Especially considering the heat and humidity, bugs and doing such a long workout alone. Dang, girl!

Sara said...

@Jessica - How can you not like bacon?! That seems crazy.

LauraKatie said...

Thanks for following my blog Sara! That's funny that the weird nut looking thing was perfect for rolling out your arches! My favorite arch-rollers are small-medium water bottles.

Jessica @ rerunrunning said...

I know... my husband thinks I'm a freak of nature. I think it might be a bit of a texture thing... well, and flavor.. i don't know... I'm not a big fan of ham or sausage either... So, it must just be pigs.

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