OK, so maybe when I say I’m going to take a week off, I should add the disclaimer that I’m extremely stubborn and that there is a good chance I will only take off a couple of days. Especially if I’m feeling better. Because, by Tuesday, I had absolutely no pain in my hamstring. In fact, I ran up the stairs to my weight room without wincing and grabbing my hamstring. So, I ended up trying to run – after a good warm-up of course – and I felt great.
So, I didn’t take last week off. I did take it easy until Thursday and then started to get back into my “normal” training. I hesitate to say “normal” right now because I really don’t know what is normal for me right now. I really like the concept of CrossFit Endurance, but like the last time I tried it, I miss those easy runs on recovery days. And after my USATF course last weekend, I feel like it goes against everything I learned about training days. I feel like I would be taxing the same systems over and over and would eventually lead to burn out or overtraining. While I haven’t researched whether people are feeling that way, I’m pretty sure my body would experience that. Because, as I am still learning about my body in my 30s, it can only handle so much.
So, I’m going to go about my training a little different now. These past few weeks helped me realize that as much as I enjoy having a training schedule all written out weeks and months in advance, it just doesn’t work for me. I would much prefer to figure out what I am doing week by week, especially as my daily/weekly schedule becomes a little more crazy with track starting in a week (and Matt starting today). I have about 6 weeks until Go! St. Louis, so we shall see how this goes.
I also figured this out on my long run yesterday, since I knew that after a 9 mile run, there was absolutely no way that I’d be able to do a semi-long run or speed workout today. My training will look a little different the next few weeks anyway, so why not start now.
Monday: 30 minute elliptical
Thrusters, 15 lbs
Rest 2 minutes
Rest 2 minutes
Tuesday: 15 minute bike, 15 minute easy run (1.75 miles @ 8:35/mile)
Deadlifts, 65 lbs
Wednesday: 10 minute bike, 20 minute easy run (2.5 miles @ 8:00/mile)
30 minutes P90X3 Yoga
Thursday: 10 x 200m w/ 1 minute rest (2.09 miles)
SDHP 10x, 45 lbs
Push-Press 10x, 45 lbs
Front Squats 20x, 45 lbs
Friday: 1/2 mile warm-up, 3 x 1 mile @ 5K race pace w/ 3 minute rest, 1/2 mile cool down (4 miles @ 7:43/mile)
Sunday: 75 minute long run (9 miles @ 8:21/miles)
Total: 19.34 miles
Not too bad of a week for an “off” week. Last week of afternoon runs before track starts. *sigh* I’m still figuring out how I’m going to fit my runs in – and where – but I know I’ll manage. It’s not the first time I’ve had to wake up before 4AM to run before… ugh.