Training Recap – Pushing through Physical Inertia
As much as I wish that every week of training is filled with enthusiasm and great results, it is not always the case. Some weeks, I’m positively bursting with energy and wish that I could do more, and some weeks I’m dragging myself to do anything, if at all anything. As this week’s training recap will show, I was mentally willing but physically tired. And since it is always the mind that has the upper hand, it was easy for me to show up to workouts, even if they were sucky. But once I got through that physical bump, the rest of the week was finished up in high spirits.
I started the week with an “easy” run with my Dopey buddy. But …. How could 4 easy miles be so hard? Humidity? Heavy Legs? Only 10ish miles/week for the past 2 months? Whatever it is, I need to run more. And I need to suck it up and run more. No excuse for that pace even after feeling much stronger than I did a couple of years ago.
I also managed to squeeze in a cross fit session of 5 x (8 back squats, 10 kettle bell swings, 5 L pull ups). I’d been told to move up from my 18lbs and so today I did. 22lbs. Next stop 26lbs.
I had a body fat test done that evening. With some depressing results. I wasn’t expecting great numbers, but to see in black and white was more depressing than motivating. I know a change needs to be made in nutrition.
Started the day again with sore legs. There was a 1 mile run as part of the WOD and I didn’t even attempt to go fast. Followed this “warmup” run with Shoulder Press (45lbs) and a WOD of Split Press (25lbs), Burpee, Box Jumps, Ball Clean
This session felt like an “active recovery” day.
But as a F* to the body fat results test, I decided to go up in my box jump height.
I could feel the sensation in my legs returning to half normal as I hit track wednesday. Since this is only my 2nd track of the year, I chose to do the “B” workout of 5 x ( 2 min @ 5k pace with 2 min recovery ). My 5k pace is 10:30-10:45 or something like that. Consistently hit close to 9:20. If I’d done the “A” workout (3min @5k) I’d have been closer to that 5k pace, but I’ll take this.
It was deadlift day at CrossFit and pity that I have to chose between track and deadlift; which are both influential to running.
I was back to normal, but decided to take one more easy day so I’d be recovered completely for the weekend’s adventure – whatever it is.
Bench press (45-50lbs)
21-15-9-6 Wall ball, kneeling push up
100 jump rope
Of course it has to be that I felt the best on friday, the day before my long run/bike. My original plan was to do a scaled effort CrossFit and then run for a short 30-40 minutes. But I felt great and gave it all, especially as it wasn’t leg intense.
2 power clean, 2 Burpees with rest for same time (partner) for 2 min total, 1 min rest in between. 5 rounds.
Run 200m. Rest. 4 times. The run effort was solid too!
After tossing back and forth between a bike ride and a long run, the decision to run was made when hubby decided to go play cricket(!). Dropped the kids off and went to my favorite place. I just love running at the river, even if it is flat and not doing me any favors!
So many people. Casual, athletes, young, old, and everyone in between! My 8 miles were so much better than last week. I held the pace to the end even though my mind wandered in the middle (pace suffered a bit) and I couldn’t speed up for the last 2 miles.
As much as I desperately wanted to go for a 3-4 mile easy run, I knew I had a full week and had to take it easy. Instead my 8yo got some more biking practice while I walked/ran next to her.
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