What a week it has been! Trying to get back into the swing of a relatively new work week schedule was brutal, and has forced me closer towards the ever nearing day where I turn to the grasp of coffee as a way of having energy and staying awake as I move about my day.
I don’t like the stuff. Give me water, juice, occasionally tea, anything but the black liquid that I know many people enjoy. Being born in Seattle, and growing up just north of there you would think the stuff run’s through my veins. Seattle being Starbuck’s home and all. I’ve slowly come to terms with chai tea though. In the months of November and December if I find myself in a coffee shop I tend to drink Chai Egg Nog Latte’s, a source of pure bliss as I consume my egg nog (something I do religiously from the moment I can purchase it in stores until the day it goes away). Last summer I was turned onto something that can easily be stated as Summer in a Cup (thanks goes to Mindy from the EWU Campus Thomas Hammer), or an iced chai with coconut. Believe me, if you give it a shot you won’t regret it. I usually get rid of my cup mere minutes after purchase (in part I am sure because of the temperatures I find myself in)>
No I think that when I can start exercising at the level I had been before I may be in better condition to stay awake throughout the day without this addictive bean, that so many enjoy. I know that studies have been done that prove you have more energy if you’re exercising regularly, and that part of the reason during a tapir for a marathon you feel sluggish is because you are exercising less.
Well folks we are 5 weeks into a tapir session, and although I am slowly increasing the amount that I am working out, and I cannot wait to be back on the roads, albeit with a lesser workload than I have had for some time, but a point of my worry and stress has got to come from not running. I miss the roads, the miles, my lonely miles. The miles that I spent with friends, the miles I want back in my life. I know that some of you will tell me to be patient, and that in time they’ll come back to me. I know that they will, I know that this is where my athletic life is right now, but can I not wish for it to come a little faster?
This coming week we will cross over the half way point of my injured time out. I plan on running on September 1st, mark your calendars, that will be a great day!
This week in training:
Monday: Biked maybe a mile or two in total, as I looped to dinner at Rokko’s before a church meeting.
Tuesday: Aquajogged for about 40 minutes, first time in a week, and longer than all of my other sessions! Not too bad though!
Wednesday: Felt so exhausted, so no workout happened, just rested.
Thursday: Aquajogged again about 40 minutes, and this time brought about a workout, Jog-Stride-Sprint in varying sets or laps or lengths of the pool. Jogging was just moving down the pool, focusing on form and just recovering, Striding I lengthened the way my feet legs moved through the water and really just reached, sprinting was a quick turnover and just pumping as hard as I could.
Friday: Aquajogged for 45 mintues, another workout, with a ladder, where I jogged a warm up 2 laps, then moved into striding 3 lengths sprinting one, strode 3, sprinted 2, then 3-3, 3-3, 3-2, 3-1 and a lap of jogging to finish out the day.
Saturday: Floated the river with some friends, if you don’t call that a workout, I must have done something wrong, because my back and shoulders are sore!
Sunday: Rest day!
Wherever you find yourself, and I know I float back and forth between being excited and positive to down and out with where I am in my running life, I know I am an overall positive person. If you need encouragement, or are down with an injury interested in getting some pool time or anything else leave a comment for me!
Until next time,