Monday, November 23, 2009

Offseason is weird

Yeah no long bike rides, no chlorine on my skin, and time for other things. Its weird. I miss getting ready for a race already. One thing I did learn in this my first week only running and lifting is how weak I am. When deciding on how much weight to use I decided to use my old very light weight. TOO HEAVY. I didn't think I was that weak. Gees, how did I function? Funny enough it seems like my body is thirsting for it. I feels good. I used to me Mr. Gym rat. I was very strong. Then I became obese and now trying to reverse all those poor habits. Here is how it went the last week:
Monday (last week)-Recovery run of 30 min and "core." Thanks for the new exercises everybody. I teach core exercises everyday and I thought may be the blog community could expand my knowledge base, and I was right. Thanks guys.
Tuesday-Spin class and "stability" day. Shoulders, back, hips, and balance.
Wednesday-Run 3 miles.
Thursday-Run 4 miles.
Friday-Legs, light and easy. Quads/Hamstrings/calves (gastroc and soleus)
Sunday-Run 11 miles. I felt good. I started out wanting to go 6-9 or so miles but ended up going 11 to prepare for the LV 1/2 in 2 weeks. Very minimal soreness. Got into a groove I haven't been in during a run in a long time. I was happy with it.
Monday (today)-core only. Worked late, got some core in.

I will be playing with the organization of the workout days as I go. Changing the long run to sunday interrupted the end of last week and beginning of this week. I am hoping for some consistency. Even with the holiday I plan on this week being consistent. The fun group of runners I run with will be doing a 5K on Thanksgiving. Should be fun. QUOTE:

“Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix”
Christina Baldwin
“It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes.”
Anne Baxter

I couldn't decide. I am thinking a lot about the phoenix lately.


Missy said...

I'm with ya but it is necessary to rest bot mentally and physically. I'm finding all the things I haven't done all year long;)

skierz said...

enjoy the 'rest' time it will make ytou stronger in the long term! take advantege of it, in 4 months you will wish you could be nored :)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

i just got back to the gym to strength train too, I missed it!

Amanda said... both quotes!
i, too, am loving the weights again. enjoy the time of "do what you want" :)

Heidi Austin said...

enjoy the off season! i'm already on day one and asking myself what i got into picking an "A" race in April. Owell cheers to next year! WHen is your first race?

Mike said...

Off season is weird - I agree 100%. Just something else to get used to I guess... no question that it gets the body ready for the training that I'm sure is on it's way! Keep it up!!!