I just realized that I haven’t posted this week! What on Earth has come over me?
It has been a busy week, to be sure, but the busyness has turned out to be very manageable!
Mother’s Day was a great day. It was rainy, but my house was clean which made the day so much more enjoyable since I didn’t have that hanging over my head. My family knocked it out of the park again with my gift: a charm bracelet with the kids’ birthstones.
Monday evening, I was privileged to coach the JV girls in their Spring league games. In Texas, the UIL prohibits school coaches from coaching their own players except during the volleyball season. I was so honored to be asked to coach! Taylor was in town and came along, and I think we already know that she is a much better coach than I am! However, I was pleased with the progress the girls made during the evening. We practiced on Wednesday and this time, Taylor’s long-time friend and high school classmate, Mason, came to help. He gave the setters some homework 😉
We all know how much I love volleyball and this is going to be a fun group to work with over the next 3 weeks, because they are full of potential!
The run schedule was a little screwy again this week due to some factors outside anyone’s control. I ran last night (solo) while Alli was at practice. It LOOKS like a nice cool day from the pic, right?
WRONG!! It was so HUMID! I don’t know what the actual temps were but I suspect somewhere in the 80s. The air was so thick! But it was good, because I haven’t worked out much in Texas heat this season and it will act as a nice segue into hot, sunny, humid runs. I was to do tempos @ 10 and recovery @ 11:15, but I had a little problem in execution. (OK I know this is nothing new….)
There was a loop of thoughts going through my head that kept me from completely focusing on my pace. In addition, there is an area in this park where my GPS gets wonked up EVERY SINGLE TIME, so I don’t trust the pace on my watch completely. The loop in my head: OMG it is so humid sweat is getting in my eyes. I NEVER sweat that much. What the hell? Puddle. Yay. How wet shall I get my shoes this time? Crap! I’m going wayyyy to fast. I can’t be going that fast! Wait…breathing is harder. YES YOU ARE GOING THAT FAST! SLOW down Jen. Slow down! OMG I really need to pee. I hope I can make it to the bathroom. OK, I’ll slow down after I get to the bathroom. If I slow down now it will take longer to get there and if it takes longer to get there I’m going to be in trouble. (For the record, I BARELY made it. I’ve never come that close! Whew!)
After the run, I sent the splits to partner/coach and he said – looks pretty good except for a few hiccups. A FEW HICCUPS? He had no idea. The pacing within each tempo (and recovery) was all over the map. Honestly, I am surprised I was able to hit them as close as I did. But I got my work in, I wore myself out (I’ll blame the humidity) and all-in-all it was a good run. I’m currently fighting tightness in my left glute, but what’s new?? I’m working to stay on top of it and hopefully it is just related to my return-to-consistent-strength-training. (Sigh…..yes I had slacked off a bit.)
Overall, though, it was a very good week! AND…..I have NO plans this weekend!! Best feeling ever!