Yes!!! Reading this made me feel much better
I’m off to the UK tonight! But first a recap of traning/fitblr stuff :)
Yesterday I went to the gym (for the first time in FOREVER) and did a workout indoors. It’s hotter than hell here an I wasn’t about to try to workout outside.
I am so excited to be heading to London. It’s going to be tricky trying to fit in my training around all this travel, but it’s going to be amazing to see my friends and family out there.
I’ll update from the motherland!
So I’ve been training pretty hard in the heat for the last several days and I was definitely feeling it this morning. I had planned on trying to get my long run in before I left for London and woke up super early with the intention of getting 10 miles done. However, I woke up tender and tired and decided to be reasonable and just do one of my shorter runs.
My body had other ideas.
My calves were killing me from the beginning of the run. Now they’ve been sort of tender for a while, but I haven’t thought much of it. I sort of figured they would loosen up as I ran. Man was I wrong. I even stopped to stretch them after about a mile and a half…still no good. It was harder than ever to get going again. I was literally hobbling :( I ended up calling my dad to come pick me up and give me a ride home. Blah. So much for going hard before my trip.
I’m going to try to rest/ice them today and see how they feel tomorrow. I’m really bummed about how tender I feel! Anyone else get frustrated when it feels like your body just won’t cooperate?
Alright kids…committent to better nutrition/training day one (or two I guess if you count yesterday).
It’s a new week of training with six weeks until race day. Since I am leaving to go to the UK on Thursday, which I expect will affect my training, I am going to try to get in my longer rides/runs before I leave. I’ve scoped out some locations to train at whilst I am in London and I know there’s a health club in Bournemouth I can use.
It’s HOT out, but I’m going to try to get in the longer of my “short” rides today. Sunscreen, CHECK! Breakfast, handled. Training nutrition, taped to my bike. Off I go…
Alright, so today marks the 6 week mark until my big race!!!! It’s hard to believe it’s come up this quickly. I’m half confident, half terrified, which I suppose is pretty normal for something like this.
I had two killer long runs this week (10 and 11 miles!) which made me feel much better about the running portion. However, then I fell off the bandwagon a bit on friday/saturday because it is so dang hard to train after work! I work in a restaurant and I am the manager for the area I work in. It’s taxing physically and mentally, so by the time I get off all I want to do is take a nap :/ I think the only solution is to get up earlier (like 4AM early…) and try to get the training done before work. I can always get through my shifts, no matter how tired I am, but I can’t always manage to get my workouts in afterwards.
That being said, I am trying to light a fire under my ass to get in gear for the next six weeks. No time to fuck around! I am making a commitment to my training and I am still trying to sort out my nutrition for this whole thing. Here are some goals I’m toying with:
With all of that in mind, I set out on my longest bike ride yet…and di just over 51 miles! I didn’t average a very high speed (16.5ish MPH), but it mostly felt pretty good! I’m concerned about keeping my back in good enough shape for the run, as I really struggle with low back pain :( I’m able to avoid the pain for much longer now though—it was well over 2 hours before the discomfort set in this ride. I was supposed to do a 15 minute brick (and even told myself I was going to do 30 minutes), but I couldn’t manage it. It was hot and I was tired, which made me a bit nervous again for this race. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to get off that bike and run a half marathon….but we’ll see. I’ve still got 6 weeks! :) I DO know that no matter what, I will be able to finish the race. It’s just a matter of whether it’ll be the time I was hoping for.
Now…time to take a nap before dinner with my parents and seeing the new boyfriend this evening :D He’s been out of town a lot recently and just got back from camping. Can’t wait to relax!