And with that, there are only fifteen more weeks to go before the Space Coast Marathon (and my 30th birthday). Last week was not the comeback week that I was hoping for. Sometimes I feel like you need a vacation after a vacation to recover and get back to normal. Pete and I got home on Tuesday and I feel like I haven’t stopped moving and grooving. Why do vacations take so much out of you?
My workout plan for last week was to start things off as soon as we got home. I wanted to squeeze in my first easy run of the week that evening but that didn’t happen, which set my entire week off kilter. I ended up missing my second easy run and barely made it to the gym once. Missing almost a week of work really swamped me and my workouts suffered because of it. I think that we are finally get back to a normal schedule so I shouldn’t have a problem with sticking to my workout plan. I am even thinking about attending a yoga workshop next weekend.
Monday – Walking and Biking around Chicago
Tuesday – Traveling Day
Wednesday – Easy Run
- Easy Run – 3.00 miles, 42:01 minutes, 14:01 min/mile avg. pace, 135 BPM HR
Thursday – Cross Training + Strength Training
- Elliptical – 1.55 miles, 20:00 minutes
- Strength Training – NROLFW Workout 1B #2 (23 minutes)
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – Long Run
- Sea Dog Brewery 5k – 3.11 miles, 41:03 minutes, 13:12 min/mile avg. pace, 165 BPM HR
- Long Run – 3.00 miles, 42:22 minutes, 14:06 min/mile avg. pace, 142 BPM HR
Monday was our last day in Chicago and Pete wanted to rent bicycles for the day. Now, I am not very comfortable on a bicycle … at all! There is a reason why I have never even considered signing up for a triathlon. For most people, the swimming part is what worries but not me. My balance issues have always prevented from feeling secure on a bike. I didn’t want to prevent Pete from doing what he really wanted to do so we rented a tandem bicycle and played total tourists. Of course, my lack of comfort (and practice) meant that we weren’t able to ride around as much as Pete would have liked. I did manage to show him most of the race course for the Chicago 10k though.
On Tuesday, we woke up crazy early to catch our flight home. If the rain would have waited just an hour, we would have been fine. Instead, we ran 5 blocks to the train station in the pouring down rain. Did you know that TSA will stop you after the body scan if your clothes are wet? Yeah I didn’t know that until the security lady stopped me and asked why my clothes were all wet. Apparently, it wasn’t pouring at the airport that morning. When we finally got home, we were exhausted and I just didn’t have the energy to run.
After a long day at work on Wednesday, I got home and immediately hopped on the treadmill. I had 3 easy miles on the books and I wasn’t going to miss my run. I have found that I am a little bit more motivated with this training cycle than previous ones. I really want to reach my goals with this marathon so I am a lot more willing to put in the work. When I missed my run, I felt awesome!
On Thursday evening, Pete met me at the gym and we did one of the NROLFW workouts. I started my workout off with a short session on the elliptical machine and some stretching. I am really trying to add more stretching into my workouts so that I don’t get injured. With as many big races as I have coming up in the next few months, I can not afford to get injured. With our warms up complete, we headed over to the free weights area to do our strength workout. It felt great to lift some heavy things after a little more than a week.
Friday was a really, really long day at work and I didn’t get home until almost 9, which was a little bit later than I was expecting. I just wasn’t in the mood to do my second easy run of the week. It was only 3 miles but my heart just wasn’t in it. I figured that I would just make it up on Saturday. My plan didn’t work at all. After running errands on Saturday morning, I came home to a house without power and it stayed that way for 6 hours! If you have trees in your yard that are remotely close to power lines, please have them trimmed on a regular basis. Our neighbor behind us has overgrown trees that took out power to at least 7 homes yesterday! It was not a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Needless to say, going for a run didn’t happen.
On Sunday morning, I woke up early and headed down to Clearwater for the Sea Dog Brewery 5k. My plan had a 6 mile long run on the books so I knew that I would have to add some extra miles after the race but I was okay with that. My plan for the race was to have fun and to run as much of it as possible. I was hoping to get close to to 36 minute mark but it was WAY too hot and humid for me to do that. I managed to run the first half of the straight through and then I started adding in walk breaks. After the race, I headed home to cool off, eat something, and have my morning coffee. A few hours later, I jumped on the treadmill in our garage and finished my weekend long run.
How did your workouts go last week? How do you get back on track after a vacation?