Monday was a much needed, albeit difficult, rest day. I HATE unscheduled taking extra rest days. I know how much I need them, in fact I totally just blogged about this the week prior! But I end up sitting there feeling myself get so out of shape when I miss a day or two. I even had to talk myself out of working out several times that day. I packed gym clothes and kept figuring out when I could squeeze "just a quick lift" in. But it was definitely a good thing I, as well as my husband who definitely think I should slow down at times, talked me out of working out.
By Tuesday, I was feeling much better, but decided I should still take it easy. The weather was absolutely gorgeous so I figured taking a Garmin-less trail run would be a great way to get moving without killing myself. About a mile and a half into my run, I ran into two of my MRTT ladies and we ran for almost 3 miles together. They were doing 3:1 intervals, which was perfect since I was still getting over my icky cough and difficulty breathing. The best part though was having the great company. I don't get to run with people very often so this was certainly nice being able to socialize while working out! After they headed back to their cars, I went another mile and a half for a total of 6 miles. It was one of those runs that just felt right and fun and reminded me why I love running!
Wednesday is my typical lift day and I was ready to get back after it. My voice was coming back, I was finally able to breath through my nose again and the coughing had somewhat subside. So I went hard at our gym with hang cleans, hurdle hops, bench press, lat pulls and even finished up with my first sled work in I don't even know how long. Man oh man did it feel good to work out like that, I felt like forever!
Also on Wednesday, I got a call from Jim at MarathonPacing.com asking me if I were available to pace the Swamp House Half Marathon that Sunday. He explained several pacers had to drop out last minute due to illness and would like for me to pace either the 1:55, 2:00 or 2:05 group. I had just talked myself out of signing up for this race and/or the 10k the following weekend, but I did NOT hesitate to say yes to pacing Swamp House when he asked me. In fact, I about jumped right out of my skin, I was so excited! I had been wanting to pace FOREVER so this was a total dream come true.
Oh, and also on Wednesday, my new Mizuno Wave Catalyst came in the mail. The are absolutely beautiful and felt so light, I wanted to take them out for a run right away!
Thursday, my only goal workout goal for the day was to get in a mid distance run at the significantly slower pace I would need to be a pacer on Sunday. I know this may sound a little silly, but it was actually difficult at first to keep up with the almost 2 whole minute slower place, but I did manage to squeeze out 8 miles with an average pace of around 9:11. I was pretty pleased with that, knowing I shouldn't have a problem holding a 9-9:30 pace on the hilly Swamp House course. Since I have to do my runs during my lunch break, it was rather warm out there. I should have worn some sunscreen because I ended up a little burnt! On a positive note, my Mizuno shoes felt AMAZING! I will be blogging about those puppies here soon.
For Friday, I decided to do a light upper body lift and get some foam rolling in. I was still a little sluggish from my allergy issues and sore from my hard workout on Wednesday. Hunter didn't want to workout that morning but said he would workout with me if we did our "1000 Rep Arm Challenge." I have to admit, I was a little nervous. Anyone who has down our challenge complained of extreme soreness for DAYS! I didn't want to be a weenie though and agreed. The first couple of rounds weren't terrible, but by half way through the 3rd (of 5 rounds) I was kinda regretting doing it, lol. We both pushed through though and when we were done, we actually didn't feel too bad. However, when we got home and I went to try to take my post workout selfie, I could barely move my arms!
|A little foam rolling before coaching MetCon|
|And now I can barely feel my arms after the 1000 Rep Arm Challenge|
|Hunter and the boys enjoying the gorgeous weather and scenery at the Swamp House Bar and Grill|