Recovery Week

Sat, May 21
Ran 3 miles today outside at 8:45am
Time: 32:03; Average Pace: 10:41

Today was the first time running since Sunday. My legs felt iffy at the beginning, but it felt good during the run. I had felt like kind of a slacker during this week with just doing yoga, but I know that was the best thing. My legs felt really achy later in the afternoon so I had to take some ibuprofen. It was also starting to get hot today during the run. I need to try to run earlier in the morning and I need to start bringing water with me, especially for longer runs. I’m going to check out one of those water belt things at Dick’s, I think.

I’m following the four week recovery program that was on the bottom of my training schedule. I figure, why not, right? It gradually works you back up to 7 miles on the last long run. That gives me four weeks to figure out what I want to train for next. I sorta want to train for another 1/2, but I’m not sure which one. The Akron one is Sept 24 and the Stomp the Grapes one in Hartville is Nov 5. I don’t think it would be advisable to do both. I also am not sure if I should do another tri. I think that the Portage lakes one is in September too. Part of me does not want to do the training for the biking and swimming part, but I don’t know. I also want to do the Hudson 5K that is in July and the Firecracker run July 4 in Stow. I guess I first need to settle on which 1/2 to do and plan accordingly and then maybe look into 5K and 10K runs to practice on during the summer.

Sounds like a plan and boy do I like those!

Stinky Noisy Yoga

I did yoga at lunch today – the first activity since the big race on Sunday. It felt great to be doing something! I’m following my recovery program which calls for lots of days of rest mixed with some days of cross training this first week. Saturday finally calls for a 3 mile run so that will be good. True to form I’m going to stick with this recovery program – it is four weeks long. During that time I’m going to figure out what my next goal will be….

Meanwhile today’s session was interesting because I had two distractions…a woman who continually popped her gum during class and a man who stunk badly of body odor. Now, first I don’t know how the woman could manage to chew gum while practicing yoga. But, it was pretty loud and annoying. Second, the man wasn’t just regular sweaty and smelly. I mean I don’t judge anyone on the sweat factor – as we know I’m a sweaty girl, myself, so more power to you! I mean he came in stinking already…he had dred-locks (again, not judging – after all I went to Ohio University with many awesome hippies) and looked (and smelled) like he hadn’t showered in awhile (a long while). Now this might be okay for another type of group exercise class, but for a class that is very focused on BREATHING, it is not that pleasant to breathe in unpleasant odors for the whole class. Yes, a little distracting. However, I managed to have a good workout and a good experience in spite of these factors.