My first run post long run, is always difficult for me. I've been consistently sore throughout half training post long run with my recovery run typically being slow and difficult to push through. It's been a constant cycle week to week with each long run becoming easier and faster with the following short run consistently difficult. This week however, my recovery run time increased and I'm not feeling sore. It was still more difficult than a long run, but it didn't require consistent self coaching throughout. I usually have to tell myself, "Come on little girl, you can do this, it's just three miles!" This tells me my body is finally becoming accustomed to the high mileage I've been racking up. It only took week eleven of twelve weeks of training. If you're struggling, stick it out!
Week 1 First 3 Mile Run- Time 32:44/ 10:41 avg mile
Week 2 First 3 Mile Run- Time 30:25/ 10:01 avg mile
Week 3 First 3 Mile Run- Time 29:50/ 9:56 avg mile
Week 4 First 3 Mile Run- No Out door Short Runs (Sore/Injuries)
Week 5 First 4 Mile Run- Time 42:40 10:32 avg mile
Week 6- Treadmill Runs/ Weather
Week 7- Treadmill Runs/Weather
Week 8- First 3 Mile Run- Time 30:08 avg mile 9:59
Week 9- First 3 Mile Run- Time 32:18 avg mile 10:37
Week 10- First 3 Mile Run- Time 31:09 avg mile 10:21
Week 11- First 3 Mile Run- Time 28:39 avg mile 9:32
Yesterday was first for me, working out on Mardi Gras Day. After my 3 mile run I got in a total body work out at home with under 20 dollars worth of "equipment" as my gym was closed. I did a combination of push ups, tricep dips, ball exercises, wall sits, and planks. Exercise has not been a top priority for me in years past, and I almost talked myself out of the work out yesterday. It was also my Mom's birthday, I slept to late, and we had lunch plans, BUT I forced myself to dig deep. I felt like a million bucks afterwards! I was ten minutes late for lunch, and guess what? No one cared. Power down the don't wants- you'll be so happy you did! Thank goodness I got it in yesterday. Can't have Fat Tuesday leading to Fatter Wednesday.
I ate a small grilled shrimp quesidilla for lunch which I estimated to be around 500 calories. I'm giving up bread and cheese for Lent, so ya know I had to get that in! We did drink at lunch. Like a lot. It was Mardi Gras day after all. I'm so happy I put in that work out. No excuses!
We lived it up Mardi Gras day and ended up turning lunch into an 8 hour party. Sometimes it's nice not to have anywhere to be, and just hang out with your people. Needless to say I'm tired today. Hello reality, Back to the grind!
I'll leave y'all with this pic of me and my Momma! How cool to have your birthday on Mardi Gras day when all your people are off work to hang out with you?! Great times! Happy Birthday Mom, I love you!