Half-marathon training: Day 17

I dedicate today’s workout to Rachel, who reminded me to stop trying to make every workout so complicated! Earlier today I was going postal (btw Wiggs, the 90s called and they want their cliche back) about when the frick I was going to get my 20 minutes of cross-training in, and Rachel reminded me that I could just head outside for a walk. NO DOY, WIGGS (again with the 90s slang!).

So I did. I got my booty up and went for a walk around the loop that Dave and I used to run when we lived in Seattle.

I wish my camera could do this view justice...but there's no way. We used to see this every day (there's a giant volcano behind all of those clouds on the horizon, but he was feeling shy today)

I wish my camera could do this view justice...but there's no way. We used to see this scene every day (there's a giant volcano behind all of those clouds on the horizon, but it was feeling shy today)...le sigh.

I’m really happy that I took Rachel’s advice and simply went on a walk. My reason for being glad I worked out today is that I got to revisit a neighborhood spot with a lot of personal meaning for me. 

Random trivia: the Space Needle is NOT the tallest building in Seattle; it's just WAY closer to Queen Anne, which is where most photographers camp out.

Random trivia: the Space Needle is NOT the tallest building in Seattle; it's just WAY closer to Queen Anne, which is where most photographers camp out.

That said, I’m going to try to limit my use of walks as cross-training. I know that Hal Higdon says walking “is an excellent exercise that a lot of runners overlook in their training,” but I don’t feel as accomplished today, you know? A huge benefit of this training so far has been that every day, I feel great about what I did for my body. Today, the feeling is just not as intense. So…from now on, my cross-training is going to be just a leedle more vigorous! (But I’m totes cutting myself some slack because I’m out of town right now, and we all know that being on vaycay can eff with one’s training schedule.)

Are there any exercises that don’t feel very “legit” to you? Do you want to shoot me right now for saying the word “legit”?

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8 Responses to “Half-marathon training: Day 17”

  1. no shooting although now I am singing MC HAMMERS

    TOO LEGIT TOO LEGIT TO QUIT!!

  2. i love all the 90’s slang today! 2 legit 2 legit to quit! ha! great pics by the way!
    diana
    http://strawberryshortstuff.com

  3. Hahaha I’m SO glad you used ALL those words. BTW I thought I was the only person in the world to use the word “totes”

  4. I’ve got something against the elliptical. I hate how after only 20 minutes of gently bobbing up and down it tells you you’ve MAGICALLY burned like 350 calories. I just don’t trust it.

  5. HAHA 2 LEGIT 2 QUIT!!! Oh man. I love people. I love MC Hammer.

    And Julie, I’m glad that I’ve met another person who uses abbreves. They’re just wayyyy better than normal words. And way more hilar.

    Paige – I HATE THE ELLIPTICAL TOO! If I’m not in pain when I’ve finished a workout, I don’t believe that I actually burned any calories. Sometimes I go on the elliptical when my knee hurts, but I feel guilty for the rest of the day.

  6. I’m so glad you went out for that walk! I know, sometimes things don’t seem as good of a workout, but sometimes you have to improvise. I always tell myself that its better to do something than nothing at all! If I can’t fit in a five mile run, I try to run at least some. Remember, running a mile is better than not running at all!

  7. SO TRUE, Rachel! Especially when you have a funky schedule, any little thing counts. I actually had myself huffing and puffing for part of the walk, because I had to trudge up about 8 flights of stairs to get to the top of the hill. And I may or may not be a little sore today. I don’t know if that’s sad or awesome.

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