Today's workout started early. My first workout began at 5:15am. After a night of tossing and turning, my alarm went off precisely at 4:37am. I am always thankful that I set out my running clothes the night before. This dramatically decreases the odds of forgetting something important while walking in a sleepy fog. Oddly enough I felt ready and energized this morning. NOT at all how I expected to feel when getting ready to run hill repeats. I left the apartment at 5am and drove a couple miles to Elm Street where I would be meeting my group. I flipped through radio stations and found some gangster rap song playing and I cranked it up loud! I was REALLY ready to run now! I was the first one to arrive so I took the time to do a short dynamic stretch session before everyone else got there. It's soooo dark at 5am! The sun doesn't rise until 6:10am.
Before long, everyone else showed up and we were on the road. We start with a warmup run that is somewhere around 1.7 miles. After that we took to the hill - College Hill to be exact. The hill is not super steep, but it is "point 2 miles" to the top. It was 72 degrees and 100% humidity (and somehow it wasn't raining) I was drenched before I even started to attack the hill! My plan was to run 5 hills since I am just easing back into hill work. When adding in extra workouts, you have to be careful to not go ALL out and get hurt. It's all about progress! On the fourth hill I started to question running one more. I grabbed some water and chatted for a moment with Sandra and we decided we could handle one more hill. I was proud that we stuck it out for what we originally committed to, but let me just say that it can be so tempting to quit when the humidity is that insane. The brain is constantly in a battle with the body. The brain is in a battle with itself. One side of the brain says "You got this! Stick with it!" The other side says, "This hurts! You should stop!" Typical left vs. right side brain argument. Somehow you just have to stay positive and listen to the side that says you can do it! Once the workout was over, we ran back to the parking lot to cooldown. I got back to the apartment at 6:30am and jumped in the shower, got back in my pajamas, drank some chocolate milk to recover, and went back to bed. I had to prepare for a swim workout at 10:00am.
I dont remember how long I slept, but it was restless sleep for sure. I might have actually been asleep for 30 minutes the whole time I laid there. I got up, packed my gym bag, grabbed a muffin and Powerade and was out the door with Tyler. He was meeting two clients at the gym today so it gave me time to get in a workout and shower #2 of the day. The workout was not anything too crazy. I ended up with 1100-1200 yards and went back and forth between kickboards, pull buoys, fins, and straight up free style. I was feeling the hill workout quickly, but again I told my body to shut up and deal with it! I left the pool feeling powerful but ready for another nap. It's summer vacation after all so I don't need to feel guilty about naps!
My plan was to bike ride in the evening with Stephanie, but weather looked like it was going to be a factor so she went to the gym instead. Would a bike ride be pushing it today? Did I really need to push it? I decided ultimately to walk two dogs a couple miles instead. At this point I was starting to feel last nights P90X Ab Ripper workout. Muscle soreness kicks in about 24 hours after a workout so it was to be expected. Thank goodness I didn't feel it this morning! All in all today was a great workout day. Tomorrow is a well deserved rest day, although I'm sure I will find some kind of workout to do. I love my evening walks with Tyler and the dogs. It is a perfect way to end the day. We walk using an app called "Walk for a Dog" by WoofTrax. It tracks mileage, time, and pace and also raises money for our local animal shelter. It also helps us to track how much the dogs walk in the evening which is nice because they need to keep in shape too! It's now 11:30pm and I am in desperate need of sleep. Until next time . . .
My name is Jamie and I am an Ironman athlete! I completed my first super sprint triathlon in 2008. I am proud to be a member of the Base Performance Race Team in 2017!
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50K - 6:54:59
Half Marathon 2:10:58
10 Miler - 1:45:42
10K - 1:00:24
8K - 47:21
5 Miler - 52:41
5K - 27:27
1 mile - 8:33
103.48 miles - 6:42:11
2.42 miles - 1:47
Note: some distances have only been raced once! I know I could crush a couple of these now!