I was humbled this past week by some really tough times during workouts that shouldn’t have felt that hard.
During my last swim lesson I couldn’t finish two laps without imploding. I came up gasping for air yelling, “I just ran a marathon six weeks ago, why can’t I finish this lap!”
Then I ran 12 miles yesterday. It started off great but the last few miles were pretty ugly.
Last week I also missed some miles and workouts and I’m fearful of it becoming a habit. I need to start holding myself accountable again so I’m going to do so by resuming these weekly workout recap posts.
Here’s last week’s recap.
Except I had my 30-min swim lesson which was no joke, physically or mentally. It took lots of concentration and effort to learn new things.
7-mile run 3-mile run
Except I had to go into the office and my new office is now at least a 25-min commute going 80 mph on the freeway (if I’m lucky). I cannot stand to be in traffic so on days that I do have to go into the office I try to leave the house by 6 am. This means I have to run after work and I am not an afternoon runner. I could only muster up 3-miles because I knew I still had a tough swim lesson later that evening and felt like I had to conserve every bit of energy I had left in me.
PM: 30-min swim lesson
AM: 45-min swim on my own to practice stuff learned during lessons.
Lunch: 1-hour strength training with Dave which these days consists of lots of time of the rowing machine and TRX circuits.
PM: 30-min swim lesson – the one where I faced my fear and learned how to do somersaults (then flip turns !!!) in the pool.
AM: I had a
track workout that didn’t happen because I was so sore from Wednesday’s workouts and my stomach was being upset again.
PM: 30-min swim lesson – the last one in which my instructor had me do sprint sets that I could barely finish.
Complete Rest Day
A 12-mile run in the City along the Embarcadero to the Marina Green and back. It started off well and then went downhill real fast during the last few miles. I don’t think I fueled properly which is disturbing since I should have known better after SFM.
As soon as I finished running my legs were overcome with a pain that I’ve felt only after running 26.2. I laid down immediately, which was probably the worst thing I could have done but it needed to happen. My quads hurt the most which is also disturbing since the route I had just ran was mostly flat.
AM: Brick – 30-min on the Spin bike, 30-min on the treadmill
AM: 75-min Restorative / Yin Yoga class
I came thisclose to bailing on each of these workouts but I finished them and afterwards was glad that I did. Its a shame though as it took me a full 25 minutes to feel comfortable on the treadmill.
Workout Highlights of the Week:
+ Learning how to somersaults in the pool
+ Finishing 30-min on the dreadmill
+ And seeing this:
Although my 12-mile run was garbage, I still got butterflies in my belly (as I always do) at my first glimpse of the day of the Golden Gate Bridge. It doesn’t matter how many times I run by or across it, I am always in awe of it’s majestic beauty.
This past week marked 15 years of Bay Area living for me.
After all this time I still have to pinch myself because I still can’t believe how lucky I am to live here. #ilovesfforever