I am really enjoying my double workouts for sprint triathlon training. In fact, I think Iâ€™d rather do a double run/bike than one long run. If anything, being injured and fighting for a comeback for the umpteenth time has really solidified the fact that my body NEEDS cross training.
The Husband joined me for a 5K run. Now, if you recall, I took 2 months off of running because of a trouble knee/leg injury. Before that, I had recently completed my second marathon and was training for my fourth half marathon. Coming back after running such high mileage and then running zero mileage is a curious thing. You have to be very forgiving with yourself â€“ I simply cannot run as far or as fast as I used to.
Since Iâ€™ve crafted a zero to hero recovery before, I know Iâ€™ll get back to my old pace eventually. I just have to go really slow and be okay with walking breaks. Which I definitely am! Walking rules. Itâ€™s honestly the fastest and safest way to get your mileage and pace back up.
I donâ€™t really take regular walking breaks, but we try to time it around hills. Weâ€™ll walk up the hill and then run down. We wrapped up the 5K in 35 minutes or so, which seems to be my current 5K average!
After the run, I switched to the bike (on the indoor trainer) for 20 minutes. Itâ€™s a nice way to recover after a very hard and hot run.
Lunch was courtesy of the Husband:
He made a yummy grilled tempeh and mushroom sandwich that was smothered in BBQ sauce, plus an orange:
So â€“ Iâ€™m in the process of writing a post called Injuries are a Blessing about the brightside of having to take a little time off from workouts. Being injured has taught me SO much, and Iâ€™d love to hear your positive experiences with being injured.
How has being injured helped you? Iâ€™ll include some of your stories in the post, too!