When it doubt, quote Parks and Recreation.
So spot-on, Andy Dwyer. Nailed it!
General training notes: Sigh, it was only a matter of time before I experienced a tougher training week. I’m guessing my body finally felt the effects of running all the miles, and I was noticeably “off” from last weekend’s Steamtown adventures. As the week progressed, I bounced back, though, and logged some quality workouts Friday and Saturday.
Monday – a.m. run
My friends and I traveled from Scranton back to the city that morning, so my four miler didn’t happen until after work. Even though the run itself wasn’t great—being tired from the weekend, feeling each and every potato chip I ate, etc.—I did enjoy shaking off the day. I can totally see why people exercise after work.
Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train
This run wasn’t that great either. I’m guessing I was probably still tired, and I also didn’t have as much recovery time between these outings. Still got those seven miles done, though, and did some core- and upper-body work.
Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
For whatever reason, I was convinced a power test would happen. But it didn’t. I still got in a butt-kicking ride: two different seven-minute blocks with various lengths of tempo, threshold, and VO2 max intervals, and we did each block twice.
Thursday – a.m. run
Ugh, another not-so-great run. Granted, it was humid, and everything felt so heavy. I’m still not totally sure how those 10.5 miles got done, but they did. That afternoon, I went to Isang for a sports massage (NYC people, go see her!), which definitely helped me recover not only from the morning run, but also the past two months of training. I felt like a new person when I left!
Friday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
After a long run and sports massage, I didn’t know how my body would respond to another hilly CompuTrainer ride—but I rocked this ride. It was a tougher course than last Friday’s workout, and my numbers were better too. Take recovery seriously, kids!
Saturday – a.m. run
Steady 45 minutes? Crushed it. Bring on the speedwork, Coach Pat! #fireonthetrack
Sunday – off
Unless you count a Hudson Valley nature walk/hike as cross training.
I escaped the city for a day and spent some quality time with one of my sisters. Apple picking and apple cider drinking for the win!
How do you bounce back from a series of not-so-great workouts?