To start things off, I was very happy this week to be back in good health and fine form after a week of feeling under the weather. I hit each workout with enthusiasm, and I think I was paid back with good heart-pumping, sweat-inducing sessions.
So, this week's workouts took on a new edge, as I determined that even if I am not running, I need to be hitting my cross-training like I was training for something. And, I think I have accomplished that. I did three elliptical sessions of 50 minutes, 40 minutes, and 50 minutes, respectively. On one of those, I tried to emulate an interval session; the other a tempo run. I am pretty happy with how those turned out. I also managed this week to add my new cross-training of choice - rowing - twice, doing 6,000 meters the first day and 4,000 meters a few days later. Additionally, I have done two strength training sessions this week and one yoga class. I feel GOOD!
The only thing missing, of course, is the running, and I hope to get back into that tomorrow when we take the kids to a regional zoo for their annual 5K. I am excited for E. who is signed up for her first two-mile event. She'll be running with Hubby (a.k.a. Distance Dude), while the Little Guy is signed up for the quarter-mile kids' run. That left me. Since we couldn't all do the two-miler (no strollers allowed and the Little Guy couldn't manage that distance) and since I didn't want to run with E. alone - she's too fast for me - that left the 5K. Yes, my first run back after three weeks off will be a 5K race event. Since this is about the dumbest idea I have ever heard of, I am going to force myself to go slow by doing a forced walk/run. That means, I will probably do intervals of 4 minutes walking to one-minute running throughout the event. The shin has been feeling REALLY good this past week, even after exercise, so I really don't mean to undo all that by one dumb run.
I am very curious to see how the shin feels after, how the foot feels, how the kids do, well,...I am curious about everything. I guess I am looking forward to it. More on how it went later.