Morning! WOWZA. I am SORE from yesterday’s 5K race. Not Half Marathon-sore, but tons worse than any of the 10Ks or 15Ks I’ve done recently. Do you think it could be speed-related? The back of my thighs are on FIRE!!!
Today is my last Monday at work before the wedding. Yes — in total, I have about 1 month off from work. I’m obviously taking a long vacation, but my company also shuts down around Christmas anyway because there’s never much to do at the end of the year. I’m pretty pumped! I do have my bi-annual review tomorrow…. eck!
I needed some extra fuel for work.
I made double-shot oatmeal with almonds and brown sugar. Yum!
My oatmeal contained:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 sliced banana
- Toppings: 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, 1 tablespoon brown sugar.
And, of course, more coffee:
Wedding Countdown Fitness Plans
Well, I’m in the free and clear for the wedding — no more races until the wedding. However, my early 2009 race calendar is rapidly filling up:
- Run Around the Universe 5k – January 31, 2009
- Orlando X-treme 10k – February 7, 2009
- Gasparilla 1/2 Marathon – March 1, 2009
- WildMan Sprint Dualthon – March 14, 2009
I’m going to ease back into racing with a 5K about two weeks after we return from the honeymoon. About 1 month after that, I’m running my second 1/2 marathon, at which I hope to set a new PR (personal record).
I’m definitely in better-than 10K-shape right now, but I don’t think I’ve run more than 8 miles in about a month and a half. I’ve been taking it easy due to my knees. Which, honestly, for me — that’s how I should be ALL THE TIME. Long distance running for extend periods of time does NOT work for me.
See the knee sleeves I’m wearing as I cheer on Lindsey at yesterday’s 5k? There’s a reason why I wear them, and trust me, it’s not for the outrageous sexiness factor!!! 😉
Alright, so the point is — I need to get back into 1/2 marathon shape as quickly as possible after the wedding with minimal long distance running, in terms of total mileage and weeks I spend packing on the long runs.
That means I need to maintain my current level of endurance and speed as much as I can through the wedding and the honeymoon, and when I return, I need to use the remaining month and a half to ascend to Half Marathon fitness ASAP. During the process, I need to never increase my weekly mileage by more than 10% (the recommended amount to avoid stress fractures, shin splits, etc.)
I’m going to try to average 20 miles this week, 22 miles next week, and as much as I can feasibly run the week of my wedding.
During the honeymoon, I’m doing to try to run/workout at least 4 out of the 10 days I’m on vacation. It’s a long shot, but I’m going to make the effort.
Do you put a lot of thought in your fitness routines like I do? Or, do you just take it on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis? I think I consider it from an "athlete’s" perspective, forming game plans to keep me in my personal peak physical shape through down-time from races or extra busy times in my life.