In three days.....by the end of my run yesterday, my skin was tanned and I was so ready to eat something that didn't contain Carbo Pro, a shot blok, gatorade, anything not fruit punch flavored and to remove my somewhat-permanent heart rate monitor from my skin. I came home, drank my favorite recovery drink (Luna Bar Women's recovery smoothie in strawberry (comes in chocolate too), with milk) and I almost cried getting into the bath tub...it felt really really really nice....to just SIT. I even didn't mind that the bath tub water wouldn't get hot for some reason, it was luke warm, but I didn't care, I was so eager to get out of my triathlon outfit and get CLEAN!
The weekend went like this:
Friday: Morning: run for 30 minutes (3 miles), evening run: 90 minutes: first 30 minutes easy, next medium, last hard...the last three miles I ran under an 8:00 minute pace, I was stoked!
Saturday: 5.5 hour ride (96 miles) and then a 30 minute transition run (3.5 miles)
Sunday: 3.5 hour ride with intervals (20'x4 hard efforts)--(62 miles) and then a two hour run, the first 1'45' run at level 2, last fifteen, level 1 (14 miles).
The *craziest* part about all this mileage, is you would think by the time I got to my run I would have nothing left, and I didn't think so. In fact, when I hopped off my bike after the 62 miles yesterday, tears welled, I just wanted to go home. Why do I feel sorry for myself?? It's so dumb, like today, super happy, feeling great...yesterday, I was a mess. Ironman Training Emotions! Very silly!
I had to picture an imaginary Amanda cheering me on "good job mer, keep going." Amazing what you have to resort to to keep yourself motivated. The sick thing was, I felt miserable the first half hour but I got more energy as time went on. It's amazing to me, really, how tired I can feel, but somehow I can still put out the efforts that I need to. I couldn't even whine about a bad training day, it was great, just mentally I was run down!! You think your mental state of being is attached to your training, not always....I can have a great training day and still want to be done with training!
Anyway, my run yesterday was really great. Most of my miles were below a 8:20 pace and that was level 2 after all this training. So, I *think* there may be hope that a good run is in my future for the SOMA half ironman and maybe even Ironman. If I can maintain a good pace with being grumpy and near tears and really tired legs, imagine what I can do on well rested legs and a good mental attitude.
I've always known that my coach was "right on," and knows me and knows how to push me just right, and these last few days were just a reassurance that i'm actually SEEING the progress i'm making more than ever..especially in my running.....being able to put out better speed towards the end of a run, something i've rarely been able to do before.
Today is a day off! YAYY!