Rest day or laziness?

23 Feb

After two late nights in a row, I really didn’t want to get out of bed on Wednesday morning. My legs were also feeling really tired and I was concerned by the size of our laundry pile and the general untidiness of the house. Another issue was the fact that I hadn’t got all of my stuff (lunch, clothes etc.) ready on Tuesday night. This left me facing a dilemma: should I swim or not?

I had been looking forward to swimming since I had my assessment, but I also realised that I had been neglecting other areas of my life. I know that to be an Ironman takes single-minded determination, but I just don’t think I’m there yet, so I didn’t swim. A lot of my friends would tell me that it’s good to have a rest day every week, but it felt like laziness to me… On the positive side, I caught up with laundry and did some healthy-ish cooking in the evening followed by food shopping. This meant that I also didn’t do my scheduled track session, but sandwiched between a 20 mile race and a 14 miler, that seemed like a sensible decision? What do you think? What would you have done in my position?

Another positive on Wednesday, was my visit to Weight Watchers. I have been dithering about whether or not to quit (mainly because I’d like to achieve a happy weight without obsessing about what I eat, although I suspect that’s not possible), but despite being lax about my diet, I lost 2.5lbs πŸ™‚

On Thursday morning, I managed to peel myself out of bed in time for Run Camp. It was a quiet session, with just Stuart, an older female triathlete and I… But it was also another 2k time trial. My heart sank, but I hoped I would be able to do better than on Tuesday as my legs were feeling less tired. I set off at a fast pace (as usual), but by the time I was 1k in, I realised that the older lady was hot on my heels, which made me want to push on… I hate being last. Towards the end, she picked up her pace, so I gave it my all for the last 100m. Fortunately, I beat my competitor and finished in a time that was 25-30 seconds faster than on Monday, although it still wasn’t the sort of time I should be running.

I chose not to train again on Thursday evening, partly because of the race on Sunday, and also because I was offered a heavily discounted deep tissue massage at You Massage Therapy. It really helped to relax my neck and I hadn’t realised how tight my legs were – I really must stretch more after exercise and also use the foam roller more often. The massage felt great and my shoulders instantly felt more relaxed. Unfortunately, I ate two Danish pastries after leaving You Massage Therapy. Why do I do this to myself?

When I got home from my massage, Stu was able to give me some new running shoes πŸ˜€ Brooks have on a special trial offer, so I am able to try a pair of Brooks Cadence for free for one week and at the end of the week, I need to fill in a feedback form, before I’m entitled to Β£25 off a pair of Brooks shoes. I’m excited about trying them out! They’re lightweight shoes and the look quite cool… but I was disappointed that I was sent the most dull colour scheme of all of the pairs available: black and white 😦

I also finished off an article aimed at getting runners at my club to run in the most appropriate group: http://www.facebook.com/notes/lordshill-road-runners/are-you-running-in-the-right-group/550860651615336 I was a bit nervous that the article would not go down well, but it seems to have received a positive reception. I also jazzed it up a bit in In-Design so that it can be included in my running club’s newsletter.

On Friday morning, I got myself back on track by going swimming before work. It was another day when I didn’t count my lengths as I was trying to do drills. I managed to do an entire length of the pool breathing properly whilst swimming breast stroke and in 41s which matches my PB, so that felt like a huge win. I am still really struggling to get my front crawl arms going with the breathing. I did half a length and then got paranoid that people were looking at me because they thought I was drowning, so I resumed breast stroke. I am going to have to get over my fear of being watched.

In the afternoon, I was able to pop into the University library to collect a book that I reserved: Swim, Bike, Run It’s a bit dated now, but there seems to be sensible advice in it. If anyone else can recommend a really good book for a complete newbie, I’d be interested in hearing about it.

Finally, I have to make a decision about parkrun. I had planned to run with Kirsty and get paced to a Southampton parkrun PB by Tony, but that was before I got a place in the Heartbreak Half. Do I race it bearing in mind that I have to run 14 miles the next day? Do I try out the new shoes? What would you do?

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