I ran a marathon a week ago today, so this past week was a recovery week. Since I've learned to love biking and swimming since my last marathon, though, it meant that this week was more active recovery.
I have a training plan, and it called for Monday off and then some trainer time, swimming, and two mile running for Tuesday and Wednesday. I wasn't capable of even getting up and down the stairs like a normal human, and though I know that was meant to help shake out the soreness, it wasn't happening. I don't want to get burnt out in the upcoming months as training picks back up, base building starts, and then 140.6 training starts, but I can surely tell you that after this light week, my body is craving more movement in the next week. It's a good feeling.
On New Year's Eve, though, a little bit of Wii dance did help shake some things out. Though moving was difficult, my competitive spirit kicked all leftover soreness to the curb as I danced my heart out. That game is no joke! I'm thankful that Beth got a picture and posted it on her Instagram, because Tori and I were sure into it! Can I log that as a workout?
When Thursday rolled around I decided I was not longer allowed to lounge. The workouts had to start up again! And by Friday I finally decided that I couldn't make excuses about access to a pool anymore. I'm officially a YMCA member now! I felt really self-conscious joining in the New Year, and I was really tempted to wear a race shirt or something showing that I swore I had worked out before January 1st came around. That said, I definitely made fitness a part of my lifestyle after joining a gym for the first time in the New Years Resolution season. I think it was in 2012 maybe?
Thursday: I did an hour on the trainer while watching TV. I'm starting to think this trainer and I are going to get really close over the next year. I'm wondering if I should buy an extra tire to change out with mine for when I ride. How much wear does the trainer add to your tires?
Friday: I joined the YMCA and then headed to their outdoor pool to swim. I did a set with some freestyle and IM and 4 laps of kicking. I swam in my new Garmin 910XT and fell even more in love. It felt good to get back in the water. Now I just have to do it more frequently.
Saturday: 20 miles on the bike with Tori, Patrick, and Beth on the Suncoast Trail. I remembered again why I love biking. Why can so much time off the bike make me fear the bike and a quick 20 miler can instantly make me excited to get back out there again? My legs didn't want to take me longer than 20 miles, but I'm excited for longer rides in the very near future. Perhaps next weekend?
Sunday: 8 mile run on Bayshore with Meghan M., Tori, and Patrick. This was my first post-marathon run, and I felt really fantastic for the first 6.5 miles. For the last 1.5 I could definitely feel the fatigue in my legs. I almost walked the last mile, but I decided I could make it and knew I'd get back to the cars faster that was.
On our run, we saw Meb Keflezighi running along in the bike lane! We knew he had been down here in Tampa for the holidays, but we didn't know he was still here. It was so cool running by him, and he was flying. Afterwards Meghan suggested donuts, so we decided to go to Datz Dough for coffee and sweet treats. My apple fritter was the size of my face and was outstanding. Though I didn't eat it all in one sitting, I can assure you that it's all in my belly now. I've been doing really well on eating since the New Year starts, and this was my first cheat. It was worth it.
You can see my new fitbit in the picture above. I bought it on Thursday, received it on Friday, and haven't taken it off since then. I'll share my thoughts after I've had it for a little bit of time.
It was my last week of holiday vacation, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Though I didn't get as much done as I would have liked, I feel rested and ready to get back to work.
But before I leave you, I wanted to share this amazing infographic that Kim made for me (If you don't read Kim's blog, go and do it now. She's really authentic and puts a lot of thought into her content.) She had the infographic on her races on her blog a few days ago, and she said she'd be making one for one of the people that commented. It's all about all my races from 2013. Going through the races was really fun, but I will admit that I didn't realize I spent that much on race registrations. Oops! Thanks so much Kim for making this for me!
Any idea how much you spend on races last year? Do you want to know?
Was one of your goals in the New Year to eat better? How have you been doing?