I loved reading all your comments on yesterday’s post – glad to know that my husband and I are not the only ones who struggle with both fitting in working out daily.
Ever have a day where everything seems to go your way? Yesterday was one of those days for me. Started with an amazing ~20 miles of the Lake Placid Ironman Course on the trainer.
This DVD is amazing. I am so thankful that Amanda recommended it to me. My plan is to use parts of the DVD for at least one bike ride a week so that I can become intimately familiar with the course. The bike course at LP is 2 56-mile loops. This DVD takes you through one complete loop with Coach Troy with pointers and tips for the course along the way.
Both boys slept later than usual (6am for the oldest and 8am for the youngest) AND had joint naps (for a little bit) which allowed me to shower, work on training plans, respond to some emails, do laundry, and clean the house.
Then I had a few deliveries. First Fedex dropped two huge boxes off containing this:
Plenty of fuel for pre / during / post workouts. My two favorites right now are the Energy blasts (I take them when I do back-to-back workouts and when I am doing a longer bike ride) and the recovery bars (I eat one after almost every workout). Stay tuned: hoping to do another PowerBar giveaway soon!
Then, the UPS man delivered this package:
You are looking at the soon-to-be-released Saucony Kinvara 4‘s (released May 1). I had NO idea that I was receiving this package. BTW – how awesome is that word – KICKASSIMUS. Love. I think I’m going to use it every day!
My dad spent a few hours with my oldest son out of the house (out to lunch and a trip to the park) which allowed me some one-on-one time with the little guy. I also managed to squeeze in a 30-min nap while he took his 2nd nap. Heaven.
When my oldest returned, the three of us spent the next hour or so outside, enjoying the warm 53 degree day! Spring is officially here! My oldest spent half of last winter in this wagon – I didn’t use it at all this winter because my youngest was too young, but I plan to take them on walks in this every day this spring/summer!
Singing his new favorite nursery rhyme to his brother (Where is thumbkin?):
Around this time I got an email that made me SO excited. I can’t go into more detail now (I’m still waiting to find out all the details) but it has the potential to be a pretty awesome opportunity for me. Keep your fingers crossed =)
Finished off the night with a yummy glass of Chianti – my favorite!
After taking almost two weeks off from running from that mysterious pain in my foot and then calf, I am back to full training again for the NJ Marathon (which is in 4 weeks)! Actually it’s one month from today – it feels so REAL all of a sudden.
After those two weeks off (I did two short, easy runs during that time), I felt a difference in my running for the first 3-4 runs. My pace wasn’t where it was pre-NYC Half. One of my fav gfs, Janae, did a post on losing fitness when you take time off from running:
I think this chart is pretty accurate. After taking some easy days, I started incorporating some of my quality workouts back but made sure to scale them back a bit (both pace and distance) to account for the loss of training and fitness. My last run this week was the first time that I felt that I was close to where I was again. It was a 5 mile tempo run. And it was hard. Really hard. Hardest run of my training cycle.
The first 3 miles felt comfortably hard. I hit the 5k mark at 20:15 and felt surprisingly decent. But, man, that 4th mile was tough. Knowing I still had ~2 miles left was a kick in the stomach. The mile just didn’t want to end. I really wanted to stop at 4 miles. And I came really close to stopping.
Once I hit the 4th mile, I started the countdown game. 6 min, 5 min 40 sec, 5 min. When there is not much time/distance left, I find counting down helps me. It gives me something to focus on rather than the pain I am feeling. I finished the 5 miles in 32:20 – 6:28 pace. 4 miles at a steady 6:30 pace and the last mile at 6:20. It was the fastest I’ve ever run 5 miles. EVER.
Per McMillan’s Calculator, this run puts me at a 3:10 marathon. So I am definitely right on track with where I want to be for the marathon AND I still have another 4 weeks to train hard and get some quality runs in.
Tomorrow, I will be running (maybe racing?) the Scotland 10k. I still am on the fence as to what I’m going to do. I was scheduled to race it, but since I missed two long runs because of my foot/calf pain, I NEED to get a long run in tomorrow. My plan right now is to run it hard – maybe 90% effort – and then tack on another 10 miles at the end (plus mile warm-up) to put me at 17 miles. I’m still going to aim for sub-42 but don’t want to push too hard and then not have energy to do the remaining 10 miles. At the very least, I want to beat my previous 10k time (43:34).
Are you racing this weekend?
Have you been injured? How long did it take you to regain the fitness you lost post-injury?