|Happy 19km run in Hilly Norland|
It's amazing how much better I feel since letting go of the Half Iron Du. I literally feel as though a big weight has lifted off my shoulders, and the shadow has passed. This past weekend I took a full rest day on Friday and Saturday morning headed out to try a long run with new met pads in my shoes. Given that I ended my run 12km on Thursday limping I wasn't sure how it would go. GUESS WHAT? I felt great! I felt better then great. I enjoyed the first half immensely, I felt free! I tackled 3 huge hills and felt very strong going up them. I have to say I think I like running hills! Going down however is a different story, the impact get's to my knees and on the way home the impact of running down those 3 hills was getting to me. I listened to my body and slowed down and even walked down some of the steep tilted hills. Even with slowing down I ended with a great long run pace of 9:24 min/mile. Best of all I enjoyed the run and felt good.
Sunday was spent boating and I did a short 20 min PIYO strength workout on the dock by the water. Later that day I even got over a huge fear of the water and actually gave a try at surfing.
|That's ME!!! that's really ME!!!!|
Monday I felt the familiar need to get a burn on, but I was feeling tired, we were packing up and had a long drive ahead so I took a REST DAY! I took a rest day on a MONDAY! I only did one long workout on the weekend!
Tuesday the plan was to run, I likely "should" have done some speed work or a tempo run. Instead I ran as far as I wanted, and as fast I wanted and even checked out a new route! It felt great and I ended up running 7km, and at decent pace to boot. Again, I ENJOYED IT!
Today I had planned on hitting the gym, but wasn't feeling it. So instead I rallied up some friends and we did PIYO in the park, it was fantastic. I felt like I needed to do some cardio too, to get a spin class in or something like that. Being so used to double workouts and a lot of cardio. But I felt tired and reminded myself I let go of the race because I was feeling burnt out. If I continue blazing on all burners I'm not going to re-charge. So I let it go and was content with just the PIYO.
|Sporting some silly looking but I like them cute pig tails for piyo today|
I'm listening to my body and letting myself rest more. I'm enjoying what I feel like doing from an exercise perspective and not following a specific training plan yet. The focus right now, is re charging my batteries. I'm also focusing on eating better and remembering what's like to eat when you haven't burned a ton of calories on a 2.5 hr workout 3 times a week training for a huge race. I'm finding my happy balance again and it feels good.