Many of you know that I have a new coach. What you may not know is that he is making me work hard at some kick-ass workouts…..and I am loving it! Saturday he had planned a cycle workout, which looking at beforehand I NEVER thought I could complete…..but I did! 🙂 I absolutely love pushing my limits to see what my body can do. And I’m excited to have someone pushing me that can see the big picture (I am NOT a big picture person when it comes to my running), which means my workouts should help me get over this injury hump and hopefully stay on the not-injured side of life.
Yesterday I ran my “long” run, which I understand was conservative as a result of where I’ve been since running Plano 3 weeks ago. It was a timed run (90 min) versus running a specific distance. I am training almost exclusively by heart rate, which is probably the best way for me to train. I tend to get caught up in splits (odd, I know, because I’m so S-L-O-W), but running by HR I can simply change the screen on my Garmin and I never have to see my pace! (Out of sight, out of mind….kind of) The long run was hands down the best run I have had in months. It was effortless. My legs felt so fresh and my heel behaved quite nicely. Don’t get me wrong, I am still fighting to put this injury to bed for good, but when I look back from where I’ve come I realize how much progress I have made. At this point, I feel that I am working to keep reinjury from happening rather that working through the injury, if that makes any sense.
When your friends are named Elsa
We all have that ONE friend that continually talks us into things we probably would never do otherwise. For me, that friend is Elsa the Ice Queen….I mean, Erica. Erica has been trying to talk me into cryo for weeks. In reality, I did want to try it, but I live in the sticks, people, plus I have 3 kids which results in me having a hard time just trying to fit my workouts in! Saturday, Alli and I went shopping and I had cupcakes to deliver to Erica. As we were trying to decide where we would connect, she *remembered* that she had a cryo appointment. Alli and I were able to break away and meet her at the cryo place. Since she was the only one there at the time, she graciously asked if they could fit me in…..OF COURSE they could! LOL
I arrived with the cupcakes just as she was getting finished and she was wayyyyy too excited about me getting in to freeze my bum off. The dude suggested that I limit myself to 90 seconds and since it was my first time, and I gladly agreed.
Perhaps my brain should have sounded an alarm when I was instructed to put 2 layers of gloves on my hands and these huge furry slippers on my feet – I’m assuming to avoid frostbite.
When I got in, the attendant raised the platform just enough so that my head was exposed and then the torture session began. Before 30 seconds had even passed, my teeth were chattering and I was shaking all over. So, so cold!! (Have I mentioned how I HATE being cold?) It seemed like an eternity, but at the same time it went by quickly, thank goodness!
You do feel invigorated when you are finally out of the chamber. The guy that was working said that it was because I had more oxygen in my blood. Maybe that is true, or maybe it is because I was absolutely freezing and my body wanted me to get moving to combat the cold. In any case, I did feel refreshed afterward and it was MUCH less painful than an ice bath!
Elsa, I mean Erica, had just completed a hilly half-marathon and swears that it helped her recovery.
Rock ‘n Roll St. Louis, baby!
My next race, <cough> I mean training run, is this coming Sunday. I am flying out Saturday morning and can’t wait to spend the weekend with my favorite Twitter runners! I know my heel isn’t ready for a race, so I am going to have to be happy with a training run. But Crazy Jen is always lurking just around the corner and she wants to run this as a race realllllly badly!
How can I be disappointed when I get the opportunity to spend the weekend with some great people from across the country, even one from outside the country?!? And this is just one more milestone in my coming back strong for Dallas Marathon, which is now a mere 2 months away. <GASP>
Happy Monday, all!