First off, I just to thank you for all your kind comments from Wednesday’s post. I was blown away by what you all had to say. Thank you again. 😉
As for today, after teaching indoor cycling last night and again this morning, my legs protested the entire 14 miles earlier this afternoon.
I passed out last night around 8:30 and woke up at 5am. I just couldn’t sleep anymore. My legs were tired from all the hills and sprints that they did on the bike the day before. I made breaky, and headed to the gym around 6 to teach again. My problem is that I work just as hard as the students in my class. This is bad because I’m out of breath when giving cues, and I don’t take into account the work my body has to do the next or the same day running. My legs were smoked already before I began the daunting 14 miles. Oh, and did I mention that I ran 6 miles yesterday too??
We decided to run near Renee’s house this time. I LOVE the trails. Beautiful! This was basically my view of Renee the entire time. haha. She had fresh legs apparently.
That is a frozen lake behind those trees. I guess people sit out in lawn chairs around it in the summers here. I was dreaming of that when we passed it since it was 27 degrees out at the time.
This is a pic of me running sideways? I have no idea what I was doing. I think that I was delirious at this point—only 5 miles in. My breathing wasn’t labored, but my legs were not following my instructions. It basically felt like I was dragging sandbags for 14 miles. Now, I have a good idea of how a Half Ironman feels. Though, I know my spin classes are nothing compared to riding 62 miles! Also, maybe eating a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich right before the run wasn’t the wisest idea either… The thing is, I know better. I know that I probably should have eaten that sandwich a little earlier in the day. I know that I should have taken it easy in my spin class last night and this morning in order to be adequately prepared for this run. Last week when I ran that 12 miles, I knew better that drinking the night before probably wasn’t the best idea. I know how sensitive my stomach is concerning food and the time it takes to digest, and I know that I can’t drink and function the next morning like I used to. I need to get my S@%$ together!!! Otherwise, the next few months of training are not going to be enjoyable.
On a positive note, I had a distance PR today! I’ve never run over 13.4 miles. I was a little nervous before the run just because of that, but I did it! I can’t wait to see how far I can go now!
Now, I’m drinking a green monster and enjoying my compression sleeves. Or should I say, my calves are enjoying their compression sleeves. I love those things!
I have to head to Outdoor Recreation in a few minutes to pick up a prize for a triathlon party that a friend and I are hosting tomorrow night. The prize is top secret, but it will go to the “best dressed” athlete at the party. I told everyone to come in their craziest workout gear. We will be watching the 2008 Hawaii Ironman, going over using a bike trainer for some newbies, and then eating and drinking while watching Run, Fat Boy, Run. It should be a fun night! Stay tuned for pics!! Happy Friday, everyone! 😉