FITNESS FRIDAY! (15.5.15)
Did anyone else feel like this week went by really slowly?…I blame it on the cooler weather and rainy weather. 🙂
This week my goal was to focus on getting my half Ironman training back on track. Last week I was feeling, tired and weak, which I suppose was my body calling for the “rest” week that reflected on my training plan. I allowed myself to feel the fatigue and rest as best I could, but I wanted to step it up this week and I am excited to report, I feel like I was successful in doing so!
5/9/15 (Saturday): Saturday was quite busy with my sister’s graduation from the Columbus College of Art & Design in the AM, and a graduation party for her in the evening. I did what I had to do (for my own sanity), and skipped out on the celebration brunch after the ceremony to take the time and go on my “long” run for the week to clear my head. I find that I get the most rejuvenation from the time I spend by myself. I have recognized within the last few years that I need my “me time.” It is how I reset. My training schedule called for a 1.5 hour run, but since I was still feeling pretty fatigued, I took a long “wun” (walk/run), and only really ended up running for about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
5/10/15 (Sunday): Completed my first successful Brick Workout! (A Brick Workout is when you combine 2 of the 3 training disciplines back to back during one workout, with minimal interruption in between.) I went on a bike ride with a new friend I met at a Clipper’s game recently, who is a seasoned triathlete. I was supposed to do a 2.5 hour bike, followed up a 20 minute run. We ended up biking for about 2 hours and 10 minutes on open road (which was a very good change/challenge from the trail riding I’ve been doing), and I followed it immediately with a 30 minute run. The brick workout was definitely tough, getting used to the literal change of pace between the bike, then much slower run definitely felt funny. After about 15 minutes of running, my legs felt a lot less like cement blocks, which was reassuring. I remember thinking to myself, “I think I actually might be able to do this race!” 🙂
5/11/15 (Monday): 1 hour swim before work at my gym. I enjoyed an extended stretch session in the sauna after my run, which was wonderful as always. My 1 hour, 15 min hot flow yoga class in the evening ended up being one of the best yoga practices I have had in a while. I was feeling really strong, and in-tune with my body and mind. Class flew by, and Savasana was extra relaxing. I also finally got full King Pigeon pose (with some help from my wonderful teacher), which I was SO thrilled about! 🙂
5/12/15 (Tuesday): 1.5 hour spin ride (34 miles) before work, 45 minutes as part of a class. These are my early days, having to be at the gym right when it opens at 5AM, so that I can finish my workout and return home in time to get ready for work.
5/13/15 (Wednesday): 55:55 (wee, fun times!) interval run…kind of…It was supposed to be an interval run, but I’m not a big fan of sprinting, so I did my usual bird/NPR news listening during my run, and maybe went a little faster pace a few times. I didn’t really feel like running when I awoke, and considered pushing my run to Thursday, but as always (literally), I finished my run with a huge smile on my face, feeling positivity and energy radiating from my body. After work, I planted my mini deck veggie/herb garden, which I am so excited about!
5/14/15 (Thursday): As usual – my rest day. Began my morning with some breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation, and it was perfect as always. I went on a long relaxing walk after work to get some fresh air.
5/15/15 (FriYAY!): 1 hour swim before work at my gym, again. Nothing too exciting, but continuing to feel encouraged by the fact I can feel my strokes becoming more and more fluid. I finally timed myself in the pool also, and I am no longer as worried about getting cut off/kicked out of the race for being too slow. (Yes, this is a serious fear of mine!).
Hope you all have a FABULOUS weekend!