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February 26, 2010

Recovery Time (per usual)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:40

Hey all.  Well last night was a bust.  At least socially.  I didn’t realize how much work I was going to actually need to do and by the time the stuff due for today was done it was past midnight!! Since last call is at 0030 and it was pouring out I decided to hit the sheets.  I was really bummed out but at least I was productive.  And to think that I was planning on trying to get ahead last night.

Guess it’s just been that kind of a week: always just slightly behind schedule.  I was talking to my advisor about this because sometimes I think I’m being silly.  I mean, yes I feel VERY behind in my work but in reality I’m still on top of things.  I’m just so used to being ahead that being on schedule feels late.  But I’m okay with it, there’s no real stress involved which is nice. But it’s kind of like an out of body experience.

Interestingly this morning I was ahead of schedule.  I honestly have no idea how that happened but I went for a longer-than-normal recovery run, ran it slower than normal and still was able to do everything I needed to do before my class.  I even was ready 5 minutes early.  Very weird.  The feeling was fleeting, however, because I just sat around rather than move my butt and try to keep the trend going.  As a result I’m back to feeling semi-behind.

The run itself didn’t feel that bad.  I woke up and my calfs (calves?) and hamstrings were SO TIGHT.  Another reason I should have been more behind than I was: I took 10 minutes before heading out to stretch them out.  When I hopped out of bed (and my bed sits so high it’s practically lofted so it really is a jump) I didn’t think I could walk.  Obviously I could but I really needed that stretching time.  I suppose that my tempo run yesterday was very effective then in working my body haha.

Also when I got out of bed? No discomfort in the ankle! At all.  Still a little tender when I touch it so I’m still doing ibuprofen today but I’m really happy that it appears to be on the mend (knock on wood) Still keeping the sports med appt though.  Weird that it was a speedy “recovery”.  Guess my preventative stuff did something.

Obviously no surprise that my recovery run was incredibly slow.  It didn’t feel that way. Or let me rephrase: I knew that my body was moving slow and could feel it but it wasn’t like I was holding back or forcing myself to slow down.  It was the way the run was simply suppose to go.  I did judge myself when I first saw the time at the end (Holy Slowness Batman) but the feeling was fleeting.  I mean, I know that the tempo was aggressive yesterday so I knew that it was unrealistic to bang out a fast recovery run.

I also woke up to NO RAIN.  Yahoo.  Now it did flurry a bit on and off during my run but nothing that I couldn’t handle.  In fact, I barely even noticed it because it was just sooooo light.  The sun was even peaking out at me.  (Funny, well maybe not funny but I want to share it anyway, tangent: I woke up this morning around 0630 and thought my clock said 0130 and definitely thought that it was weird that the sun was out.  It never occurred to me that it wasn’t really 0130 haha). Good weather (30*, no wind, some sun, pretty spitting snow) makes running slow not so bad.

So not much to say more about the run and I’m rambling a bit.

Point of ramble: recovery runs are a good indicator of how well I attacked the quality workouts. If I’m running them too fast then I know I didn’t push hard enough. If I can barely move (which hasn’t happened yet) then I pushed too hard.

I also lifted today.  Nothing spectacular but I did notice that my arms are getting ripped when I was looking in the mirror.  To check my form, silly, not for any vain reason 😉

I’m loving the fact that I really am committed to strength this cycle.  I mean, I was kind of last cycle but I had dropped lifting at week 8, completely with the legs and only doing body weight work with the arms (and I guess core stayed the same).  I’m curious as to how long you guys keep lifting in during a training cycle? Maybe I’ve already asked this because I vaguely remember being told that it’s okay to lift up until the week of the marathon.  But I’m also interested in the intensity of your sessions in the second half of the cycle: do you increase? decrease? stay the same? And frequency: do you drop the number of sessions per week? I’m thinking that until T-4 weeks I’ll keep the intensity the same and the frequency then maybe for the T-4 to T-1 drop to twice a week then marathon week only do core? Sound reasonable?

I also saw my friend (whom I roomed with sophomore year) there.  First off, I hate it when there are other people in the gym period.  I just want to get in and out with minimal interference.  So I absolutely hate it when I actually know people there.  Granted I usually do know most of the people (my school is very small) but not really well enough to hold a conversation.  Which suits me well because, like I said, I want to get in and out.  Not chit-chat.  Not quite what she wanted to do at all (she’s a serious athlete and was actually there to work out) but still.  I’m obviously not going to ignore her.  Anyone else feel that way? Maybe I’m just a really anti-social horrible person hahaha.  I did make plans with her later to chat and gossip because I didn’t want to do it at the gym so I’m not that terrible 😛

Just a random note: so I went grocery shopping earlier today and I only had three things on my list: yogurt, clementines and blueberries.  I think having a short list is the most dangerous thing EVER.  On weeks that I have a long list I tend to stick 100% to it because I know all of my weekly food budget is going to go to that. But on days like today I keep throwing things in the cart, despite having a list!, because I know that I have room in my budget.  Annoying.  And I just had to share hahaha.

Alright I sat down to write a quickie post (lots more errands to do and things to turn in!) and I’ve written a novel haha.  Hope everyone is having a great Friday so far and check out the giveaway that Heather’s having. And HiHoRosie

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13 Comments »

  1. I never go with a short list. For that exact reason. I end up with alllllll this stuff I could have easily done without. Hence the reason I have a crazy amount of food that has sat in my pantry forever… still working on that one.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — February 26, 2010 @ 17:05

  2. My recovery run went the exact same way yesterday! And my grocery shopping usually goes the same way. Going after a long run or when I am hungry is a bad idea too.

    Comment by Nick — February 26, 2010 @ 19:25

  3. I used to lift through out track. I think we stopped the last week or two when we went into taper before regionals, etc. I guess it just depends on you. I would say reduce the intensity as you get closer. I basically lift to tone and keep a good strength base not to get stronger necessarily. I guess its more complicated than i thought.

    Comment by J — February 26, 2010 @ 21:10

  4. I totally agree with you: If a recovery run is easy, you aren’t running hard enough the day before.

    Comment by Matt — February 26, 2010 @ 21:54

  5. My to-do list is always out of control. Must pare down!

    Yeah, you ARE ripped. 🙂

    Comment by EE — February 26, 2010 @ 22:29

  6. I’m the same at the gym, I hate people interupting my workout! Certainly don’t think you’re anti-social, you’re just there to get the job done and get out!

    Glad the rain has stopped for you 🙂

    Comment by Laura — February 27, 2010 @ 05:30

    • I forgot to say I’m nominating you for a gorgeous blog award!

      Comment by Laura — February 27, 2010 @ 06:00

  7. I am the same way…when I am on schedule I feel like I’m a bit late. I get nervous which is so silly but I can’t help it.

    Comment by Ameena — February 27, 2010 @ 10:22

  8. Kudos to you for finishing the paper and for the ripped arms!
    Have a great weekend and I hope your ankle behaves.

    Comment by Teamarcia — February 27, 2010 @ 11:08

  9. Hi. I’m sarah, and i’m a chronic over-buyer of groceries. It’s incredible how those cheese wheels and sauces just miraculously appear in my cart! Like leprechauns!

    Comment by sarah — February 27, 2010 @ 11:42

  10. haha do not go to the store without a large, comprehensive list. And a budget. Or you’ll end up like me…buying half a dozen things I can’t pronounce but want to try anyways. Places like Trader Joe’s are dangerous! 😉

    Nice job on the paper and the continued workouts! As for you question, I don’t lift. I know I know I know…I probably should. But I just don’t. I don’t like it so I don’t do it. Lame excuse, but I’m sticking to it 😉

    Comment by runningfiance — February 27, 2010 @ 15:17

  11. You should get a shirt made up that says: “Leave me alone, I am training.” Sometimes the gym is the worst place for a workout. Ha.

    Comment by a marathoner — February 27, 2010 @ 17:29

  12. I used to be soooo bad abotu going to the grocery store for a couple items and leaving with a cart full. Lately, I plan out my meals in advance and make the list from that, so I tend to stick list…

    Glad you had a good recovery run today!

    Comment by pen — February 27, 2010 @ 22:36


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