Last week I did something I haven't done in more than two years: I took an entire week off from running! I wasn't sick, and it wasn't that I got too busy. I made the conscious decision to take some time off. My mom was taking me and my girls to Disney World for the week, and I decided that I would focus on the holiday fun instead of scrambling to fit in a workout.
Now, it was much easier to do this being busy at Disney... all that walking and fun in the parks and stuff means that running didn't really enter my mind. Well, not until Thursday afternoon. It had been bitterly cold Sunday - Wednesday, and then Thursday hit and it was gorgeous. We had to come back to the room in the afternoon to let the girls rest up before Mickey's Christmas Party, and I kept thinking how much I would love to go running in that beautiful weather! LOL But other than that, I didn't miss it.
Having said that, I was very, very ready to run when we got back Saturday night. I was anxiously anticipating the sunny afternoon on Sunday when I could get out for a 5 miler at the park. I was a little bit afraid I would have forgotten how to run! It wasn't as bad as that, but it was pretty hard. I wasn't pleased with how I felt during the entire 5 miles, but when I checked Garmin when I got home, I saw that I averaged 10:08 miles. That's a little faster than I usually do, and especially for not having run in 7 days. So I guess that's why it was so hard. But it was nice to be on the trails again!
I wonder if I could do a week off while I am at home. Being at Disney I was busy and walking a lot. Wonder if I could do it when I'm not busy like that? LOL Not sure I could!
Today was the Jingle Jog for Autism 5K. This was the very first race I ever ran way back in 2008! Last year I hadn't really been able to test myself because I was running with my older daughter. So this year I was really looking forward to it.
My BFF and I decided it would be fun to dress up for this one like we did for Lanier Under the Lights! :) I put the fur on my Sparkle Skirt this time, and wore my green vest! It was so much fun! Here are me and my BFF/running partner! She dressed up as an elf! :) I personally think we should have won a prize for our costumes! LOL The race itself was very nice. Since we had 10 miles on the schedule today, my BFF and I met at the park early this morning to get in 7 miles. Then we went home and got ready for the race! LOL I had intended to just leisurely jog my way through the 5K, but I actually ended up racing it. Well, "racing" for me... probably a leisurely jog for most folks! LOL My unofficial time was 29:10 - I missed a PR by only 36 seconds which is amazing considering I had already run 7 miles this day. My BFF won 2nd place in our age group and her unofficial time was 25:03. I am really hoping that when the official results are posted, she will have a sub-25:00 5K under her belt. Regardless, she has a new PR which is cool! The only thing to disappoint me this year is the race shirt. It is usually a very nice, thick, long-sleeve shirt. This years is a thin, flimsy short-sleeve shirt which is sized way too big. I will get over it, though. And it won't stop me from running in next year's race! :)
This is my last race for 2010!! This has been quite a year!!
Wow, now how will I know what to title my posts??? LOL I guess I could count this as recovery? It's actually kind of funny... I went for my long run on Saturday, and my legs were really heavy. And I couldn't figure out why. Then it dawned on me that I ran a half only 9 days earlier. So, yeah, 7 miles might be kind of tough. The recovery had been so much easier than with the Princess or Zooma that I sort of forgot. But my legs didn't.
The plan now is maintenance. After the holidays, I will run two weekday runs of 4 miles each. On Saturday I will rotate 5 miles, 8 miles, 10 miles. I would really like to maintain the endurance that I've built up over the last year, so that I could throw in a half marathon here and there if I wanted to. I really do enjoy that distance. 10Ks are probably my favorite. Unfortunately, 5Ks hardly seem worth the time and effort anymore! LOL I usually have to drive longer than I'd be running.
The other days will be cross-training and rest days. I'm going to continue to bike and swim as often as I can. They are both hard to get in during the colder weather, especially the biking. It's just SO much colder on a bike than running. And the pool is indoors, but it's still too chilly in the building for my tastes. I know that once I get in the pool and get moving I'm fine. It's just getting into the pool that's hard!
Last week I added Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred to my cross-training, in place of a bike ride. It was a lot of fun. My BFF has done Jillian since she started her fitness revolution, and she loves her. She is a little annoying to me - Jillian, not my BFF! LOL But it's a rare DVD workout that can get me sweating, and this one did, so I think I'll stick with it, at least until it's biking weather again! :)
One last fun thing! Look what I came home with from our church's ornament swap!! Now I have my very own penguin on the tree!! When the girls saw it, they both said, "Waddle on!!!" LOL
This blog began as an adult-onset athlete's training log for the March 2010 Disney Princess Half Marathon. Since that time I have gone on to complete my first sprint triathlon (June 2011), my first full marathon (October 2011), Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge (January 2012), my first Olympic distance triathlon (April 2014), and my first Half Ironman (September 2014), and my first Century bike ride (April 2015)! Also in 2015, I finally reached my goal of becoming a Marathon Maniac/Double Agent by running 2 full marathons in 13 days! My 2016 goals are far more ambitious - to kick back, relax, and enjoy myself! :)
Completed Races 2016 - click on a link to read the race report!