Sunday, March 30, 2014

Two Opposite Weeks

How different two weeks can be. For the last few months I've been explaining that I needed a break and was sorry that I hadn't taken one. I'd felt burnt out, and I didn't know how I was going to keep going and going at the rate I was without burning out completely. Maybe you all saw it coming, or maybe you didn't, but eventually, that shut me down. I finally took that time off that I so desperately needed, and then I spent this week returning full force and happy to the sports that I've really grown to love.

I mentioned in Friday's recap of the last two weeks that I went to Connecticut for most of the first week of spring break. Between the burnt out feeling, the software training, and the really terrible cold that I caught, I snapped. And this is how that week went:
 
That's not a mistake. I worked out twice. Neither were long runs or long rides. That 6 was a tempo run, and it was a pretty good one, but when I got up the next morning it was when the cold had set in. I had no voice. So I took off Wednesday and Thursday and Friday. Then I woke up Saturday and thought, "Nope! I'm not going to long run." I was at 80% as far as being back to normal, and I could have laced up and gotten it in, but I didn't. I took a Saturday off. It was beautiful. And on Sunday after I got home from Tori's wedding I lounged all afternoon and didn't long ride. That night I setup the trainer and got in 1:15 of riding, but that was more just to make up for my weekend calorie consumption. 

And here's the thing. I didn't feel bad about it. I still don't. It rejuvinated me in every way necessary and possible. I felt better! And it paid off this past week. Even with a friend in town visiting Monday through Thursday, here's what I accomplished the second week of my spring break.
 
I'll break it down like normal now.

Monday: Not the normal rest day. After 5 of those the week prior I decided I probably didn't need another...I ran 5 miles with my friend at an easy pace. Laura ran 4 of those, and it was nice to run in the sprinkling rain and enjoy the coming of warmer weather.

Tuesday: I woke up early before we were to head to the beach and rode an hour on the trainer. Then when we were lounging I jumped in the pool and swam 2000 yards. Double day! Go me!

Wednesday: I tracked it as a cross training day, because I walked around Disney from 9:15 am to 8:30 pm. I counted it as an hour of cross training, but it's obviously much more than that!

Thursday: After Laura left I ran my tempo. We upped the mileage this week and I ran 7 miles with 5 at tempo. My miles were 8:18, 8:00, 7:55, 7:55, and 8:01.

Friday: I ran 5 easy miles. Any miles the day after a tempo run are hard. This one felt terrible, and I wanted to stop, but I kept repeating to myself for the last 2 miles, "An Ironman wouldn't stop." So I didn't stop. I'm not going to be able to stop on September 28th.

Saturday: Long run of 10 miles at 9:26/mile.

Sunday: Long-ish ride of 42 miles at 18.7 mph then a 5 mile post-ride run at 8:37/mile. I rode in my new Rev3 cycling kit with Stephanie, Jamie, Chris, and one of Chris's friends!
 
I'll share more about my Rev3 loot this week! They're styling us up!

How were your workouts in the last two weeks? Do off weeks or down weeks help you feel refreshed for what's to come?

10 comments:

Abby said...

I just took this whole week off, so hopefully I will come back strong like you. Awesome job.

Carla said...

YES YES YES
they replenish my reserves immensely.

Itz Linz said...

i can relate! a couple weeks ago i was rocking the workouts and last week i did not... and i blamed it on the weather.. luckily itz supposed to be warmer this week thank goodness!

Allie said...

Sometimes you just need a break! You're come back showed it was a well needed rest! Great job!

Katrina Elle said...

Breaks are NEEDED a lot of the time - refresh and reset ;)

Haley Duke said...

I have felt like that recently. And with my allergies, I haven't wanted to venture outside. It's been a bum couple of weeks for me. (blah)
Glad to see you back at it!

Kristen Smith said...

I hope this week is a good come back week for me - nasty shin splint took me out at the end of last week :(

Cupcake Kelly said...

Sometimes rest weeks are exactly everything our bodies need in order to get back into training, great job!

Nicole said...

I'm so glad you took a week off and then felt so much better! Taking time off while training is SO hard sometimes - people don't get how hard it is but it's totally worth it when you need it. September 28 is still 6 months away (it's my 1 year wedding anniversary so I know this!) - taking one week off now won't do ANY harm. One thing I would change about my training for my first Ironman was going too hard for too long. I was definitely burnt out going into the race (although the excitement definitely got me through) and it took me out of the game for quite some time after the race because of it.

Keep up the good work and listening to your body!

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