Andrea Works-Out: April 5th – 11th, 2010

Guys this was such a twisted mixed up week for workouts!  Quickie recap for you!

Monday, 5th:

I took this as a rest day.  My hammies were a little tight and sore from last Sunday’s long run so I did 20 minutes of yoga and called it good.

I walk Rocky everyday unless it’s raining.  We usually go for about a mile and a half.  Sometimes more if time permits and the weather is super nice.  I never mention this as part of a “workout” and I’m not really sure why.  It is definitely exercise for both of us!

Then there was sticking fighting later in the evening.  The schedule for class has changed just a bit and now we’re not getting home as late in the evening.  It’s glorious!

Tuesday, 6th:

Six miles!  Whooo!  I tried to pick up the pace a bit and see what I could maintain for some distance.  I was able to crank out 6 miles at an even 10 minute/mile pace.  Exciting times!

Wednesday, 7th:

I did a shortie run and then lifted some free weights afterwards.  I ran 2.5 miles and decided to just bust it out and GO.  I kicked that 2.5 miles out at a 9:11 pace.

HOLY CRAP!

That is probably the fastest I’ve ever ran.  I was tired afterwards too, woo.  People holding a pace like that or even faster for a marathon just floors me.  That’s some tiring shiz!  I was so excited and happy that I could actually run that fast.  Goodness guys this makes me squee!

Thursday, 8th:

Pouring rain.  All. Day. Long.  Man that meant no semi-long run.  I did some Trouble Zones instead with Jillian and that kicked my hiney.  I put everything I had into it and worked it like it was hot.  I felt really great afterwards but was still bumming about missing a run.

Friday, 9th:

I did a nice 3 mile run at a easy nice pace.  Normally Fridays are rest days but since I didn’t get a run in on Thursday, I was looking for some cardio action.

I have no idea how people can eat super heavy foods, drink alcohol, and then go for a run the next morning.  Thursday is pizza night and wine night, both things that I love.  But man having that sit in my bellah for a run the next day makes the run very slow and very dragging.  My legs feel like lead and I’m more prone to getting a few cramps.

No way could I eat pizza as a pre-race meal.  Oh-my!

At my stick-fighting school we have a yearly seminar with a visiting instructor.  Training started Friday evening and I finally made it to bed at 11:30. :o

Saturday, 10th:

Up bright and early for more training! Saturday is the longest day of the seminar.  We train from 9am until 4:30pm.  Small break in there for lunch and a few water breaks but otherwise, it’s straight training.

My body is definitely starting to become more conditioned to training.  Previously, after this seminar (this is our fourth year attending) my arms would be all bruised up.  You might think that for stick-fighting we would wear padding but we don’t.  But this year I’m only sporting really one bruise.  Go me!

I was punk-ass tired though by the end of the day.  I went to bed around 8:30ish and chatted with Scott for a bit.  By 9:30 I was asleep for the evening.

Sunday, 11th:

No long run for me gang.  I slept until about 7am and got up to let Rocky out and get him fed.  Then I went back to bed until 9:30.  Whoa that’s some serious sleeping!  I originally thought I woke up at 10:30 and got 13 hours of sleep.  But I just read the clock wrong. :p  Still 12 hours of sleep is nothing to sneeze at.  My bod was tired!

I had a little bit of a sleep-hangover. Do you ever get that way?  Where you are a little groggy and foggy headed when you wake up?  I’m not talking about normal sleepy-headedness, but this is like where you just can’t think and maybe have a slight headache?

I can definitely tell I need the rest though because the thought of running makes me go, “ugh”.  When I get that, it’s time to chill!

Pace Talk:

Now I just got done posting two articles on pace and how sometimes I think people get too hung-up on it only to turn around and talk pace.

My recent pace talk is because I’m excited about this new turn of events in my running and not because I think pace should be a focus.  This is a personal best for me to know that I can push out a fast pace like that.  I never thought I would be able to run that and even though it’s a short distance I now know I have that in me.  This is a big achievement in my running journey and since this blog is about my running adventures along with healthy eats, I want to talk about it. :D

2 thoughts on “Andrea Works-Out: April 5th – 11th, 2010

  1. I completely agree with you Andrea. I know I just ran my fastest ever 5k last week and could not prouder. I think it’s awesome to beat a personal goal and it’s good to talk about it. It is exciting and it helps to push you to new levels and shows improvement. I think there is a big difference when you are talking about pace as a motivator vs negative pace bashing. Way to go on your super fast run!

  2. I think it is totally okay to be proud of yourself for hitting that pace! We know that is not the focus of YOU as a runner, you know?

    And walking Rocky TOTALLY counts! :)

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