The curve balls that I got to swing at, this week, came from nowhere. The good news is that I was able to react in productive manner that benefits my best interest. The bad news is that completing tasks out of my routine and dealing with new situations often impacts how I prepare for my workouts. The most positive aspect about this amount of exercising is, however, that it allows me to really think about complex topics and come to a rational decision/opinion about it. It allows me to blow off a little steam. Often, busy or stressful days set me up to not properly fuel (from a nutritional perspective), hydrate or sleep/rest the way I need to. In turn, it impacts my training to the point that I need to modify the workout or reschedule the workout all together. Here is a prime example below:
This is what I planned to do this past week:
· Tuesday: Master Swim and run 5 miles
· Wednesday: Bike Ride
· Thursday: Master Swim and run 5 miles
· Saturday: long run (like really long….)
Here is what I changed due to mentioned busy week:
· Tuesday: Ran 4 miles
· Thursday: Ran 5 miles and completed swimming drills
· Saturday: 15 mile long run
· Sunday: 2 mile recovery run
The two mile run/walk was necessary because I HATE GOING TO WORK DOING THAT WEIRD WALK from being so sore. That will teach me to get back in the habit of taking ice baths after Saturday long run workouts.
I relate to the picture below:
Bike riding will have to take a back seat until my marathon training is over. Master swim may be on the chopping block next, because I have to get up really early to swim. The group usually swims (between the hours of 5:00-7:00 a.m.). You come, work out per coach instructions, and then leave (about 45 minutes). That’s the good part. The yucky part is that my swim and running days with the group are on the same days. Also, I have to be at work early (leaving very little down time). I do like the idea of cross training, though, because it breaks up the monotony of running (as well as prevent some potential injuries); But I won’t be beating myself up if I skip bike and swim workouts.
By the way, I think that keeping a clean house and yard work should be considered a workout, but I digress.
Next week’s post: duathlon recap!