This has been a good week fitness-wise. After PRing at the 10K on Sunday, I have followed that up with an increased effort week all around. After several weeks of either maintaining current effort or taking my rest week (at 70 percent of normal effort), I have turned up the volume on all my workouts. So, my week has thus far looked like this:
|Monday: Slow Flow Yoga and 35-minutes elliptical (up from 30 min,)|
Tuesday: Power Vinyasa Yoga and 6,000 meters rowing on the ERG (up from 5,500 meters)
Wednesday: 60-minute run (up from 55 minutes)
Yesterday's run was particularly rewarding because I went into it feeling sort of sluggish - possibly from lack of good sleep. In fact, I was wondering if my less-than-enthusiastic anticipation of the run would lead to a bad run. (You know, negative self-talk and all that.) I told myself on the drive over to the coffee shop to shape up and just let things happen the way they were meant to. And, it went great!
I ran with the group for the first five miles, and I had a great time talking to a friend of mine along the way. It was a slightly hilly route, and I was glad to have someone to push me along. (I think I would have taken a lot more walk breaks otherwise.) After circling back to the coffee shop, I added another twelve minutes to finish up the hour I had hoped to run. I ended up doing 6.3 miles in about 61 minutes. Average pace of 9:39. Not bad. I felt happy going in to coffee and didn't feel the least bit guilty about ordering my Vanilla Caramel Latte. (It was delicious, by the way.)
Today on tap I have a 6,000 meter row and then tomorrow I am heading up to Green Bay to join a friend for part of her birthday run. I am really looking forward to this run. I am curious about the trail we are going to run on and it just sounds like a fantabulous way to celebrate a birthday. My plan is to do ten miles tomorrow and make this my long run for the week. I realize that - given my track record (ha! a pun!) - moving my long run from Sunday to Friday is a possible invitation for disaster; my body doesn't seem to like surprises like this. However, I am hopeful that if I take it slow and listen to my body, I will be fine. Fingers crossed.
Day 37 of the No-Chocolate Challenge:
So, as a final thought, I was thinking this morning how happy I am that the no-chocolate challenge is almost done. What have I learned from this? Well, certainly that I haven't lost my taste for chocolate - I can't wait to eat some on Sunday. In fact, I have missed it so much that I probably won't ever give up chocolate again. So, not very deep, huh? No great insights into what I am made of, no deeper understanding of who I am and what makes me tick - just a deep-seated assurance that I will never give up chocolate again. Sad, but in a happy way.
Lindt, we will meet again soon...