Anyhow, the warmer temps over the weekend reminded me how much I love running when it's not winter. Everything is easier. All you do is put on shorts, a tank and your shoes and, voila, you're ready to run. There's none of the back and forth of, I wonder if I need a vest or light jacket. Or should I layer two thin long sleeves or wear a thicker quarter zip? Plus, there's no worry about footing. You can run free and just enjoy the miles!
Something I've noticed these past few weeks is that without being able to do my usual group exercise classes and strength training, everything running is so much easier. It's kind of ironic - a back injury leads to improved running! But it does tell me that all the extras that I normally do take a lot out of me. Without doing the extra work each week, my easy running pace is a good 30-45 seconds faster and I'm recovering a lot faster between runs. So I guess there is a silver lining after all! Although as soon as I'm able I will increase my training load to the usual levels. I super dislike feeling like a slacker.
As for the back ... let's just say progress is slow. So I've decided it's time to see a PT to see what the issue is and get a plan for fixing it. Fingers crossed things start getting better fast!
This week's training plan from Coach Matt goes like this:
Monday: 6 glue miles w/strides
Tuesday: 7 mile workout, inc. 1.5 mile + 3x800m
Wednesday: 5 recovery miles + Y-Core
Thursday: 5 glue miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 11-12 mile run
Sunday: 5 recovery miles
Total: 39-40 miles
Other than running and training, here's a bit of my life lately:
While everyone I know was watching the Oscars, I was watching a PBS program about penguins. Because even Ryan Gosling can't compete with the adorableness of a fluffy baby penguin!
I finished up The Sports Gene last week (a must-read for anyone into sports) and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I got so into Before I Fall that I finished the book in about four hours. I'm a fast reader ;) Up next are a few shorter (150-200 pages) nonfiction reads about the Texas Revolution. I know, total nerdiness! But after traveling to San Antonio and reading Three Roads to the Alamo, I'm on a roll.
I'm obsessed with Mexican, Southwest and Southern cooking lately. My latest creation is Taco Stuffed Shells 2.0., a healthier recipe that I'll share later this week. Next, I want to find a great recipe for cast-iron skillet cornbread and also try my hand at making buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy!
My questions for you:
- How is your training going lately? Any setbacks or successes?
- What are you currently reading? Or, what's the last book you read?
- When's your next race?
I realized this morning that my next race - and first race in 2016 - is just three weeks away. Eek!