Jan 20

Running Out the Stress

Work has been horrendously busy these past few weeks.  It feels like I keep starting my posts lately with something about how busy work is.  Sorry for being redundant.  However, the work is affecting my training – and not necessarily in a bad way. 

The exercise has been a great stress reliever.  It also gives me something to look forward to as a break in my day.  However, I am also finding that I am running faster and I don’t know if that is necessarily a good thing.  I have a my long 20 mile training run on Friday and I had wanted to take my runs this week fairly easy to rest my legs.  Yeah… That hasn’t worked. 

I went out for my scheduled 7 mile run on Monday with the goal of 8:30 miles.  When I got home, I looked at my watch and it was under 56 minutes.  Whoops.  Sub 8:00 miles.  I felt great though, so I can’t complain.  My swim went the same way.  I did 1800 yards in under 31 minutes which is a personal best for the distance.  What the heck!?!

On Tuesday, I had an hour on the bike.  Armed with some episodes of 24, I hopped on and got started.  I did a 20 minute warm up and then 2 minutes hard with 2 minutes recovery for the next 30 minutes and then did a 10 minute cool down.  It was a hard workout and my legs felt rubbery afterwards.  Also, for some reason, my toes were all tingly – almost like they were asleep.  That has never happened to be on the trainer before.  Sometimes it happens when I bike outside in the cold, but never indoors.

Which brings me to today.  I was able to restrain myself and take it easy on my 2000 yard swim.  After my swim, I went out to lunch with a couple guys from the pool.  I had 3 Yesterdogs.  Not the healthy training food, but oh so good.  I also had a 6 mile run planned.  I wasn’t able to tear myself away from work until 5:30 which meant I would have to break out the reflective gear and lights for my run.  I went out easy, but felt myself speeding up.  I did my best to hold back, but again ended up finishing faster than I would have liked with an 8:05 pace.

Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with how my workouts have gone this week.  However, it does worry me a bit about my long run.  Hopefully I can maintain this energy level for that run as well.

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1 comment

  1. Jon

    just take the speed for what it is. you have put in the work and are reaping the rewards!

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