I forgot how fast a “quick” workout can go by.

Monday was a busy bee kind of day: lots of places to go and people to see. And then it was 5 p.m., and my workout wasn’t, ahem, done yet.

This busy bee almost didn't get her workout in yesterday. And then she remembered just how quickly a fast workout can go by, and she got 'er done. Another Every48 workout in the, um, hive. (Image courtesy of pixtawan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
This busy bee almost didn’t get her workout in yesterday. And then she remembered just how quickly a fast workout can go by, and she got ‘er done. Another Every48 workout in the, um, hive. (Image courtesy of pixtawan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

So I put on my running shoes and committed to a workout that was so short (considering my upcoming race goals) that it was going to be over before I really knew what was going on. Grabbed the iPod, dialed up a favorite album, and got out the door. (Bonus: I now have some really awesome old music on my iPod because I just figured out this past weekend how to put my CD’s on iTunes and then download them from one computer to another in my house…essential, since the computer that talks to the iPod doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive, and the computer that does have the CD-ROM drive doesn’t talk to the iPod. If you followed all of that, you are officially a Millenial. I am a Gen-X’er. We are slower at this sort of thing.)

Anyway. The goal was four miles of running, the middle two at tempo pace. That meant one easy mile, two badass miles, and an easy jog home. It’s been warm and sunny most days in Seattle recently, and yesterday was no different – it was maybe a bit cloudier later in the day, but overall, just warm. And when it’s warm, four miles feels like eight miles.

But it all still goes pretty fast. By the time I had to turn around on my out-and-back course, I was in the groove. By the time I realized what I’d done, I was, well, done.

Have a few of these 30-40 minute workouts waiting for you in your back pocket for the days when you just need to get a quick workout in, quickly. I’d forgotten how easy it is to fit one of these little routines in – and how fast they pass us by.

Yesterday’s #Every48 workout: RUN – 4 miles, 2 at tempo pace (right around 9 minutes or a bit under…I still have to check my Garmin). Tempo when it’s hot is way slower than it feels like it is.

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