This week was 4 miles of running, 34 "miles" of pool-running, and 6000 yards of swimming -- training log is here.
Rest week, and quite necessary. During the past few months, I squeezed pretty much everything out of the metaphorical toothpaste tube of my fitness - quite an achievement. Especially since I usually toss the literal tube early so I can start a new one.
So, it was break time. There's differing definitions of "break" of course. I know that many world class elite runners take several weeks of absolutely nothing. That's a nice option if you're a world class elite runner and have the free time post season to go somewhere and hike and hang out for a week or more.
For the rest of us, a period of doing absolutely nothing physical equates to a period of dealing with the frustrations and stresses of our day jobs while abstaining from our coping mechanisms. Not terribly restorative.
Since the ultimate point of a break is to come back refreshed and rejuvenated, I follow two rules: 1) nothing intense and 2) only activities that I really really want to do. This time around, that ended up being a lot of yoga, social pool-running, and swimming, And junk food - gluten-free/nut-free/organic/free-range/humanely-raised/handcrafted chocolate cake for breakfast, anyone?
|In case you thought I was kidding.|
By Thursday morning I was starting to miss running, which told me I was about halfway ready to run again. I held off until Sunday, and then I scratched the itch. 4 miles felt way too short, an indication that it was just right.
Over the next week, I'll continue with the easy running. Depending on how I feel, I may show up for my team's hill workout on Friday - the hill workouts are my preferred way of reintroducing hard running, since they're untimed, and each interval is relatively short in duration with a long recovery.
Monday: In the morning, yoga and 6 "miles" pool-running with the belt. Foam rolling at night.
Tuesday: In the morning, 5 "miles" pool-running with the belt and 2000 yards swimming. Sports massage in afternoon.
Wednesday: In the morning, 5 "miles" of pool-running and yoga. Foam rolling at night.
Thursday: In the morning, injury prevention work and core followed by 9 "miles" pool-running. Foam rolling at night.
Friday: In the morning, yoga and 2000 yards swimming. Foam rolling at night.
Saturday: In the morning, 9 "miles" of pool-running followed by upper body/core work. Foam rolling at night.
Sunday: In the morning, 4 miles very easy (9:20), followed by 2000 yards of swimming and a yoga class. Foam rolling at night.