Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Change of plans

I mentioned yesterday that I wasn't sure how my legs were going to respond to some intervals after laying off speed work for two weeks surrounding the Martian Marathon. I was admittedly feeling a little bit flat - combine that with a lingering cold and I was not too confident going in to the workout.

That being said, it was a beautiful sunny day and I was determined to make the most of my mid-day break away from my desk. I slogged along through the warm-up, doing my best to shake off the blahhhhs and telling myself that whatever happened was okay; I just had to do the best that I could that day.

The workout: 4 x 1200 (600 recoveries) at 5KRP
(goal: 5:12 - 5:18 per 1200)

5:13 - 5:13 - 5:12 - 5:06

These were hard! And I don't just mean "getting-a-good-workout-hard", but "1200-feels-more-like-5000-hard". (So I should be all set for this Saturday's 5K, right??) I was looking at my Garmin constantly waiting for each recovery. I was a sweat-soaked mess (lucky for you I forgot the camera) and exhausted by the time I finished. So, I got it done but it wasn't pretty.

Sometime during the workout, probably as I was wheezing my way through the 4th repeat, I realized that it would not be wise to tackle another workout that night. I decided that I would move my medium-long day (and the 10K at 103% MRP) to Thursday.

If there's one thing I need to do in order to make it through these remaining big weeks, it's listening to my body and being willing to compromise.

I did head out for a second run in the evening (could not resist the weather!), but kept it short and slow with a stop at the grocery store in the middle - and a full pack on the way home!


 
Thumbs up for "running" errands!


Psssst... I'm wearing the shirt!
 

31 comments:

kristen said...

I've ended up with a few pieces of unfortunately squished fruit after some poor placement in the "running errands" backpack before. But overall- yes, running errands is the best :)

Well done on that speedwork! My last speed session was completely hellish too. But again- at least I got it done.

S of Life Microscope said...

Ha, running errands, I love it!

Heather said...

Nice multi-tasking! And way to listen to your body and give it what it needs.

Laura said...

Our grocery store is within run distance.....I'd still rather drive there. :0
Keep the listening to your body thing in the forefront...your race is coming up fast and you are going to rock it.

misszippy said...

You did a great job with the 1200s! One of my favorite workouts. And you are smart to tune in right now.

Her Name Is Rio said...

Love how you make the most of each run!

B.o.B. said...

Now that's what I call mulit-tasking! LOL!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Love that second picture! Did you get so few things that they actually fit in that pack?

Teamarcia said...

You are wise to shuffle your workouts. Love 'running errands'!

J said...

Great job on the double! I am sure your legs will be back to feeling good soon! You did just run an awesome marathon! I haven't run errands in a long time! I may go today cause I have to go to the bank!

Emily said...

every post you write, i think you are more and more of a bad ass runner. this needs to stop at some point!

i think running with a backpack is damn near impossible.

Amy said...

I've posted mail and returned movies while running, but never done groceries! So productive and efficient! I like it!

Keep listening to your body - you know it will pay off more than a tough workout.

Chelsea said...

I was going to write nearly this exact same (at least same feelings!) post today!

I thought I was finally kicking this cold...but it's like it's ramping up again. UGH. My legs are revolting on me, they are all twitchy :(

Mon Amour said...

It is so awesome that you can run twice a day. It is so inspirational!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

It would be another ultra to run to my grocery store. It's an interesting thought. ;-)

Julie D. said...

you are a machine...nice work!!! and why have i never thought to put a sweat band under my garmin?! brilliant. I hate the sweaty slippage of my watch mid run!

dietitianontherun.com said...

"lucky for you I forgot the camera" - ha, so now that summer is here we don't get office-post-run shots?! ;)

This is definitely the time to listen to those muscles! And I think "running" errands is an excellent substitute. Win, win!

Char said...

It took WEEKS for speed to feel anywhere near normal after my marathon. Ah to be young again and to have those speedy powers of recuperation ...

Jill said...

You're smart to listen to the bod, you've played this game long enough to know what works for ya! Stay strong!! :)

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Love it!! Sunshine and Marlene smiles..

Cindy said...

you're a much better person than i...was supposed to get up this morning to run and was so zapped that i stayed in bed...bad girl! hubs and i are going to head to bed early and run tomorrow morning - promise!

Mark said...

Awesome repeats!!! Great way to "run" errands! Great pics!

Sara said...

Never tried "running" errands before, but now I will! Great idea! And thank you for sharing. :)

ajh said...

Love "running" errands. I don't do it much but feel so accomplished when I do.

EndorphinBuzz said...

Hope you get rid of that lingering cold soon.

Denise said...

love "running" errands and it makes me feel good about doing something positive for the environment, too.

stay hydrated (with water!) and rest up, you'll be feeling better soon!

Abby said...

I'm a recent convert to "running" errands, and love it! So nice to be outside, be active, and be productive all at the same time - especially on the days where there aren't enough hours to do everything you want/need to do.

destination262 said...

You crack me up! I have always wanted to be the kind of person who ran to the grocery store. Love it!! :)

lindsay said...

I run to the food store too! But only to get a few things. I'm not lugging back a case of Gatorade or eggs here.

Umm. 4x1200 is not motivating me right now but you never know maybe I will be in the mood later.

Good luck in your 5k this weekend!! Do The Lindsay and kill it!! :)

Richelle said...

Sometimes I run to the post office. I'd like to run to the grocery store sometime and see how that goes. :)

Nicole said...

your so cute! :) i love your blog and your cutness!