Last week was an odd one. I felt like I was doing much more than I actually was. This can only mean that I was tired and I’m glad I listened to my body and took a full rest day.
Monday – 2,200 meter AM swim that felt a little tough since my shoulders were sore from the hilly ride over the previous weekend. I’m participating in a college student’s thesis and it’s a study on running with and without music. I’ll be running some timed miles for her project and Monday evening I did my 2nd one. I ran a 6:41 and while it was “only” a mile, it hurt quite a bit. *Cue impending fatigue*
Tuesday – Solid hour trainer ride where I tried to throw in some intervals but wasn’t real scientific about it. I haven’t been on the trainer in a while and it felt pretty good. I also did some sit ups and push ups. I mean, they sorta resembled push ups…
Wednesday – Had a fun swim with my new bestie, Keara. I got in 2,575. I headed to track Wednesday night which is probably where I started my demise. We did four by 1,000 and one 400. I keep having to run with a gaggle of young boys (10 to 12-year-olds, I’d guess). They are quite funny because they either gun it the first lap and slow down or run with me and then smoke me the last interval. Oh well. I felt great for this workout but pooped when it was over.
Thursday – AM attempt at swimming. This has never happened to me before but I got to 1,200 yards and just couldn’t swim another stroke. I just couldn’t do it. I was too tired. I called a day and figured it was just a weird off morning. I decided I’d still shoot for my PM tempo run with a few friends. Boy was that a disaster. I tried to hang with them and I just kept running slower and slower. I got home and after a shower, immediately went to bed.
Friday – I REALLY wanted to ride in the early AM but my body was just not having it. I woke up, re-set my alarm, and went right back to sleep.
Saturday – Met up with Tori and Meghan for a bike ride. I had planned to go 40 miles but cut it to 30 and was totally cool with that. I knew I had a 5K the next day and I didn’t want to ride hard and exhaust myself all over again. I enjoyed riding with the girls and catching up with Tori, who just got back from her honeymoon and running the Paris Marathon.
Sunday – Irongirl 5K. Race report up tomorrow.
How was your week? Have a great Monday!
Good job on listening to your body. Not enough people do that when they are trying to religiously stick to their training plan and that is when problems happen (and when things stop being fun). You had a great week. I can't wait to hear about your 5K! My mom ran the half 🙂 xo
Oo yes good to listen to the body and skip workouts. You won't regret it! Easier said than done though! 1 mile time trial, speed work, tempo and 5k all in week is a lot of intensity too so that was probably part of it!
During Ironman training there was one morning where I woke up and tried to do an interval workout. I ended up crying and going back to bed because I was so tired. I just told my boss i was sick. It was awful but I'm pretty sure everyone training for an Ironman has days like that – we put so much pressure on ourselves to never miss workouts because we think somehow one missed workout will prevent us from crossing the finish line but it definitely won't!
Anyway you probably already know all that but wanted to tell you I've been there!
Thou shalt honor thy rest day and keep it sacred! Even in Ironman training. I like to take Fridays off as well to be rested for the hard stuff on the weekends.
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