Ok, so I guess I was getting too cocky about my ability to run/train through the cold. Well it kicked my *** and I haven't done anything since Wednesday. This cold is a ***** and it has been hard to even make it through my day let alone train through it.
So....let's try this again. This week I hope to be back on track. 2 strength training sessions and 3 runs.
Yesterday I started coming down with my 1st winter cold. Yuck! I ended up taking yesterday as a rest day b/c I was feeling pretty bad.
Today I stayed home from work as my cold was progressing fast. I spent the morning sleeping and taking in plenty of fluids along with taking some Sudafed. By this afternoon I was feeling much better and did a 4 mile run on the treadmill. They say if the cold is from the neck up it is ok to continue exercising and that is exactly what mine is. My throat was a little sore after my run but my head felt much better.
I am bound and determined to stay on track...this is a big year for me and I'm not going to let no stinkin' cold get me down!
I finished out last week with a 4 mile run on Saturday. So total for last week was 8 miles plus one weight lift. Not too shabby... That was exactly what I wanted for my first week working back into it slowly. No new aches to report.
This week I am planning on getting back into my old routine. I am off to a great start with a 50 minute strength training session today at the gym. It was a good workout and definately a great way to start the week!
I have noticed that my appetite has significantly increased lately. I don't know if that is still a result of my muscles needing fuel to keep repairing themselves or if I have turned into a pig! LOL! No weight gain to report.
I am counting down the days until my next race in March. I hope to set another PR with this race. It is an 8k (roughly 4.9 miles). Also my idol, Deena Kastor, will be at that race and I am super pumped about possibly meeting her but even better, running in the same race as her!
So, great start to my week so far...hopefully I can keep this up!
I ran/walked 4 miles yesterday on the treadmill. It felt soooo good! It took me about a mile to get into the run and then I felt really good after that. After I finished the run it was like my head was clearer, I was breathing easier, and my whole attitude changed. It's amazing how much my mental state depends on running. It was like I felt like myself again.
Last week was really hard for me to rest. I felt lazy and just not like myself but I know that is part of the recovery process.
I do have to admit I liked all the attention I received when I came back to work. It was like I was a local celebrity. I couldn't believe how many people were so in awe that I had ran 13.1 miles. I became the popular girl for a few days and I LOVED IT! :-)
As if being treated like a local celebrity wasn't enough to inflate my head, my coworker, Ann, told me that I have inspired her to run her first 5k! She has never ran more than 2 miles in her life and now she is officially in training to run a 5k in May which she asked me to run with her to which I happily accepted. When I took up the sport of running I never in a million years thought that I would actually become a role model for others. It is such an awesome feeling to know that I am having a positive effect on people without even trying. Thanks Ann!
So today I did 50 minutes of strength training. I think this was harder than my run yesterday! I'm glad I did it but it was tough to get through.
So as I slowly get back into things I am reminded daily of the reason why I run. It is not just good for me physically but more importantly it is good for me mentally.
I finished my 2nd Half Marathon in 2:04:57! I really enjoyed the Surf City Half Marathon! The views on the course were breathtaking. I averaged about 9:30 miles. At the 5k point I was doing 9:01 and at the 8.2mile mark I was running 9:10. This is a significant improvement from my last Half Marathon which I finished in 2:15.
I was also pleasantly surprised at how good I felt after the half. I had some stiffness and soreness for 3 days but nothing major at all. I am actually feeling 100% today.
I did struggle more through this half than I did in Chicago. When I started the race I did not get the rush of adrenaline like I usually do. I had some mental struggles throughout the race but was able to get back in my head and press on. I don't know if it was the lack of crowds at certain sections of the course or the fact I was in a different time zone but something felt very different.
All in all it was a great race. I enjoyed the trip as well. My dad and I had a blast! Thanks Dad!
So, now I am trying to enjoy a week of rest. I plan on starting back on my routine on Monday. I will keep my long runs to around 6 miles for the duration of February and most of March and slowly start building up again.
I am happy to report that I made it to the gym Monday afternoon and got in a solid 60 minutes of weight training. I have to say it was a little hard to get to the gym. All I wanted to do was go home and relax but I knew I would regret it if I didn't go.
Today after work I got in a 4 mile run on the treadmill. This was a good run for me. I added in 2 fartleks. I felt really good after the run with no soreness.
I am going to try and get in another strength training today either tomorrow evening or Thursday but if it doesn't happen I am ok with that.
5 days till Surf City! I am almost all packed. I leave tomorrow night to start my vacation. Woo Hoo! I am really looking forward to not only the run but also spending some QT with my dad.
Here's hoping everything goes well in the race. I will be back on after the half marathon to report how everything went. I really feel well prepared but you always get on the start line with some skepticism b/c 13.1 miles is a long way to go and anything can happen. Wish me luck!
My blog will follow my running journey up to and through my 1st Marathon... Chicago 2010! You will read about my inspirations, PRs (hopefully!), and of course my struggles. So feel free to share your stories as well!