Saturday, April 23, 2011

Weekly update: Back on track

Okay, okay - I know it's hard to call it a "weekly" update when I have been pretty much missing in action for the past month.   In a nutshell - it was all recovering and vacation that you missed.   I'm going to try to be better now that I'm back and in full-on training for my next half!

I'm really grateful for the base training I put in to prepare for Run for L'Arche.  It has let me feel better about taking extra recovery time to let my knee heal.  It is still causing a few issues but nothing too bad.  I am just not taking any chances with it when I feel it "twinge" because I want to have a good training season as I prepare for my first marathon this fall.  Better safe than sorry.  Most of the issue seems to be muscle-related as it feels much better when I stretch my legs really well.  I just need to be better with my stretching.  Something to work on.

Today when I stepped on the scale, I was so happy to see that I am now in the 150s!!!!  Barely, but the middle number is a 5 so I'll take it!   I was so good all week with my workouts (not so much with the eating, unfortunately, but it'll come).   5 days on the bike and a 15K run (well, a 10k run, 5k walk - at least we got in the miles, right?)  Now that the sidewalks and roadsides in Langdon are all melted, I will be trying to get my weekday runs going again next week.   I'm back on Daily Mile so I have this strong urge to get my weekly miles racking up again lol.

In just over a week, I'm returning to work (eek) and I will have the added challenge of fitting in my workouts with a full work schedule.  I am quite scared about how I'll do this, but my workouts are important to me so I will make it work.  Even if it means hopping on the bike in the evenings or getting up at 4am to get 'er done.  I have a feeling I'll be getting my weekday runs in by running to the dayhome after work and having hubby pick me and the kids up there.   But, whatever will be will be...time will only tell how these things work out.

For the next week, I am going to put a couple of goals onto my plate:

1) get my eating back on track.  My workouts are the only reason I didn't gain this week...if I'd eaten that way without them, I'd be back on track to porky again :P

2) Try to map out a workout plan for when I'm back at work.   Failure to plan is planning to fail.

3) Get my marathon training schedule onto the calendar!!!!  Technically, I am underway here.

And now, to leave you with a great running quote (though it probably wasn't meant as a running quote!)  It just rings so true for the endurance runner.   I plan to turn it into a training mantra as my marathon training ramps up.

The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle - Author Unknown

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