This morning's workout called for Mile Repeats at Zilker Park. The last time we did this was June 28th and my results were pretty similar. Once again, Coach G was a little upset that turnout was light today. People are skipping the hard days and then get upset when they don't improve. As tough as these days are, I always feel so much more confident when I'm finished.
He put me in a group with Ann (my rabbit), Jennifer, Steve and Jessica(?). He was very adamant that we run the first one SLOW (relatively speaking, of course) and then he wanted us to shave 20 seconds off of the rest of them. That's precisely what we did with much success. Starting slow was the best thing because I didn't feel completely wiped out at the end. I was exhausted, but could've done one more if a gun was pointed at my head. Luckily, it wasn't so I ran with Ann back to Runtex after four repeats.
Mile Repeat Comparison
June 28th #1 6:54 (way too fast) #2 6:53 (the uphill direction) #3 6:53 #4 6:48
July 26th #1 7:21 (he told us to go out slow) #2 6:56 #3 6:55 #4 6:47
My "I love Austin" moment happened after workout when I decided to go to Whole Foods to grab some cereal and other goodies. I like to have a supply of food in the office at all times because, as most of you know, I'm ALWAYS hungry. Well, I got there about 5 minutes before they opened and other folks will milling about in the lobby area, pouring coffee and picking up their baskets. Well, right at 8:00am, this guy gets on the loud speaker all "Good Morning Vietnam" -style and is like, "Good Morning Austin!! It's 8:00am and we're now open! Welcome to Whole Foods! And have a GREAT DAY in Austin, Texas!" Now, had I not just finished a workout, I probably would've been annoyed at his fake-DJ sounding voice. However, the endorphins were flowing and the coffee was hitting my veins and it struck me as, well, pretty spectacular. It is a grocery store after all. But, it's not just any grocery store. It's Whole Foods. And it's not just any Whole Foods. It's THE Mother Ship of Whole Foods.
So, naturally I went in for a box of cereal and ended up coming out with 2 boxes of cereal (Kashi GO Lean Crunch), frozen berries, soy milk, a pint of quinoa and a black bean burrito for lunch. Whole Foods is the Target of grocery stores. You walk in intending to buy one item (say, a toothbrush) and end up spending $100 dollars on a bunch of other crap!