Sunday, January 31, 2010

A double, and a 1:40 run in a blizzard

This week has been pretty good, training-wise. I had 6 runs on the schedule, and ended up doing 5 runs. I had to travel again this week for work (Wed-Thurs in Calgary), and as a result I missed out on my run on Thursday, mainly because I couldn't bring myself to get up in time to hit the hotel treadmill before starting my day. Sometimes your body just needs that extra hour of sleep! I made it back home in time to coach/swim Thursday evening, and since I didn't want to miss any runs, I rose early the next morning to fit in an EZ 35 min run on the tready before work.

The planned run Geoff had on my schedule for Friday was kinda scary, 60 min with 4 x 5 min @ tempo, 3 min ez recovery, and again on the treadmill as let's face it - you'd have to be some kind of ridiculous to be doing intervals outside right now in these conditions. So I did that run after work! I was feeling pretty tired before I began, and super unmotivated, but I made myself get changed and head down to the basement.

It's funny, sometimes when you are really dreading a workout and feeling completely unmotivated to do it, it turns out that you end up feeling really great in the workout and nail it. This happened to me during that friday evening tready workout, and also during my long build run on Wednesday in Calgary in the cold. And then after you finish, you feel a huge sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for having pushed yourself to get out there and deliver. Had you given in to your inner negative voice and skipped the planned workout, there undoubtedly always follows a feeling of regret and disappointment in yourself.

Buuut... if you did force yourself to get off that couch and lace up your running shoes, or get on your bike, or drive to the pool, or go to the gym - you will always feel better for doing it.

That was the first day in my life I have ever done 2 runs in one day, and it proved to be as tough as it sounds! My tempo intervals actually ended up going really well and I felt strong, but during the last half of the run my calves tightened up and were quite sore. I was very exhausted that evening and went to bed early, only to be up the next morning at 7:15 so I could sneak in a swim with Christina before coaching at 9am. It is no surprise that my body felt REALLY tired during that swim! Good thing it was a relatively easy 2500m.

My planned 2hr brick on Saturday afternoon turned itself into a 60min ez spin. I had nothing in the legs while biking so I necessarily ditched the idea of running after the bike, and shortened the bike too. It's important to listen to your body and adapt the planned schedule to suit your body's needs. I also ended up requiring 11 hours of sleep on Saturday night! Still feeling kinda tired, especially after going for a 1:40 run in the snow, which turned into a blizzard during the run, with the winds and snow picking up. What fun!

Looking forward to a day off swim-bike-run tomorrow, which will just include a core/weights workout. Also looking forward to the snow melting, and that lovely spring weather to show up in about a month's time! Here's hoping...


mike.brutsaert said...

Looking out for spring too. Last month we had our part of snow and bad weather here in Belgium. It actually snowed again this morning.

Charisa said...

I know that feeling where you don't want to do a workout, but then you just go out and nail it. That is awesome.