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.