BACK ON TRACK, LITERALLY.

Ehh…. I have probably used this entry name before.  It’s just too hard to resist the wordplay.

Wednesday was our first track workout since January 14! We kept getting mid-week snow days, canceling our Wednesday track workouts.

The canceled track workouts are what resulted to my two snowy fartlek adventures. It was the first time that we all met on the track (there are about 150 people on the training team) so it was crowded.  The group does a great job managing the different groups though; the inside lanes were for the faster groups, the outside lanes were for the slower groups (with cones to mark accurate distances), and the middle lanes for recovery and passing.

I am happy to report there were no collisions!

Our workout was 3x800m + 3x600m w/ 200m active recovery.  My goal for the 800′s were 3:00 and my goal for the 600′s were 2:05.  The paces are based on McMillan’s running calculator for a 38:00 10k.

I was pretty happy with this workout.  The 800′s were tough because there are so many people in our group aiming for the same time so our pack was really crowded. Even though I felt good on them, I couldn’t open it up because I was boxed in and my stride length was often choppy.

During the 600′s, though, there was a miscommunication and half our team went to one starting line and the other half went to another.  This actually worked out in our favor because it decongested our group.  I was able to really open up on those 600′s and was happy with the finish.  The workout felt really short since it was easy to break it down into 2 parts and both distances are pretty manageable, mentally.

I am finally beginning to feel like I have my legs back under me.  The endurance is not there (BLEH long runs.) but the 10k training team has provided a lot more structure and consistency to my training.  Those things are pretty important, I guess…

BACK AT IT!

I can’t believe it has been two weeks since surgery.  When you’re laying around on bed rest, the thought of feeling better  seems really far off.  Not that I was being pessimistic, but when you have all day to just think about how bad you feel, it doesn’t seem like good days will come.  Recovery has been going really well and I feel about 85% back to normal.  This past week I have been able to walk around a little bit more and even went out to eat a few times.  That’s a 100% increase on what I was able to do the week before.

I lucked out a little bit before going back to work for the first time.  We had another snow day (yes, day #3 for the 3 inches we got on Sunday, snow day #11 for the school year) but teachers had to come in two hours late.  I had a post-opp appointment scheduled for the afternoon, though, so I only worked for a few hours.  Those few hours allowed me to test out how I would feel being up for an extended amount of time and acclimated back to the classroom.

The most surprising news of all came when the doctor said I can start running next week! That’s a much sooner recommendation from the original six weeks prescribed! I don’t know if I will start up next week because I am still nervous that something will go wrong (that’s normal, right?) despite assurance from the doc but I will probably increase my walking intensity (can walking and intense be used in the same sentence?!).

Okay, okay. Not trying to bust on walking. Just bitter and want to feel 100% to run again. 🙂

MOTIVATION MONDAY: ADVENTURELAND

It’s almost April so that means.. it should be starting to get warm…soon? That’s what I’ve heard so let’s hope Mother Nature steps up her game.

Am planning on “jogging” this week and start getting for again. Excited but not looking forward to the pain of the first few runs post 6 weeks off..

Enjoy your Monday! Go on an adventure and start your week off right.