Today’s workout. Mile 3 and 4 felt real good but the 16 minutes of abs did not (16 minutes of abs is more than I did in the year of 2012).
Early morning run…. I ALWAYS take pepper spray with me when I am running by myself.
Came home and Brooke woke up a little while later (she insisted on sleeping in her crab shirt last night) and I brought her in my room while I Compexed. Our ritual after a run is that she always gets to play with my garmin. Billy passed his obsession with electronics down to Brooke.
Lunch was a ginormous salad but I think you might be sick of seeing pictures of that but I will show you the most important ingredient of my salad:
I now have to buy guacamole in bulk. 15 avocados in each of the three packs.
Checking out Running Times is one of my morning rituals. I love their articles and they have the best topics and they aren’t all about weight loss like some other running magazines out there.
I thought THIS article was awesome.
It goes on to talk about how the ‘great athletes’ schedule in full on breaks (not just less mileage and easier running but complete rest) into their year of training. Some add on a few lbs and take time to do things that they normally don’t because they are so busy with their running.
The reason to do this— a break from running gives you time to ‘rejuvenate the body and mind in ways that outweigh losses in fitness.’ Without these breaks we are more likely to burnout/get injured/overtrain.
*****After a scheduled break from running make sure not to just get back into what you were doing before your break but take time to build your mileage and pace back up.
An example from Greg McMillan:
This is hard to do. One of the first things I think about after crossing the finish line of a race is what race I am going to do next (and what delicious food I am going to eat). Racing is kind of addicting and we crave pushing ourselves to the max again asap but we have to think about our recovery process first.
(after my most recent race and already thinking about wanting to PR again ASAP and get back into hard training…. my body had other plans for me:)
What non-blog websites do you check out most days?
What do you do to keep safe when running by yourself?
Do you schedule in COMPLETE rest breaks after a training cycle?
With your chips… guac or salsa?