Tuesday, March 07, 2006

recovery week, I heart u

Yay!

Recovery week. Joy of joys. It's nice to bust your tailfeather for a while, but equally nice to back off and have a week with lower volume and a little less intensity!

I never thought I'd see the day when 2000 yards in the pool made me feel like I was slacking off. WHAT'S HAPPENED TO ME???

I was like, "That's it? I'm done?"

Pretty exciting. I did all of them at a nice easy pace, even threw in some backstroke, breastroke, and pulls, and still managed to finish about 2 minutes faster than my average 2000 yard workouts which felt very long this summer.

Geez, this whole training thing must be working.

Signed up for the St. Malachi 5 miler this Saturday! Any other C-Towners in? Looks like we're hitting 60 FREAKING DEGREES by FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sooooooooooo excited. See, I know that you guys in warm climates are like, yeah, we have that every day...but Midwesterners REALLY get EXCITED when it finally hits 60. I think it makes you appreciate spring so much more. :)

So the race should be fun, but I'm really not doing it to break any records--it's just sort of a rite of passage to Spring in Cleveland, so I figured why not? It's a recovery week and I don't need to worry about missing a long bike ride, but this way I can do kind of a tempo run and maybe hit the bike after!!! If it's sunny and 60, you'd better believe my ass is on the bike and hitting the road this weekend. So I am already preparing myself to BACK OFF and not focus on PR'ing at this race! Repeat after me, self: This is just for fun. This is not your short-course PR year. This is IM year. You can PR later.

I must repeat 10 times daily. ;)

My PR on the course is 40.02 (blasted hill got me in the end! wanted to break 40) but logistically I'd be quite satisfied to do anything under 45 at this point. Then, I'll meet up with the other peeps at the beergarden afterwards--talk about a fun post-race party!

Tonight I am off to YOGA with Puma the Yogamaster--she is awesome. I haven't been to class in a while and thought it would be a good week to go.

So the sun is a shinin' and I feel very relaxed...I have earned my week, so it's time to get on it.

15 comments:

Papa Louie said...

Yes, enjoy the sunny day and the warm weather to come! And relax on your recovery week. One more time say, This is just for fun. This is not your short-course PR year. This is IM year. You can PR later.
See you at the Race!

Flatman said...

Have fun on Saturday. Don't drink too much at the beergardens and then go ride your bike! 8)

Cliff said...

Hehe..no PR...only PR is IM :)

kikapu said...

60 degrees! You lucky girl, you! This morning we hade 5F and a fresh load of snow... I long for spring!

Papa Louie said...

Sara, I just heard your phone call with Get your geek on #3! Nice interview. When you do the century ride with Wil can I join you? Maybe turn it into a charity ride to help support her endeavors as scoutmaster! I think we can get a crowd together with our local training clubs. What do you think?

Eric said...

You are looking good in the pool. Enjoy that recovery time. You deserve it.

DaisyDuc said...

Awesome news you decided to do Malachi!

No beer garden this year but planning on having a beer at Flat Iron where they are holding the awards / after-party...so see you there!

Spence said...

Rest weeks are the best...you've worked hard for this one so enjoy it! And think how rested and fresh you'll feel next week when it's time to turn things up again. Hope you have a GREAT race!! A great SLOW FUN race!!

BuckeyeRunner said...

I am still debating about Malachi-I have a 13 miler set this weekend...will let you know for sure, cause I'd love to meet up!

qcmier said...

Undecided about this. I haven't run 5 miles in several weeks + I may head to the Shamrock 5k/15k Run on Sunday + I may be involved with fantasy baseball on Saturday + I may be hung over + any other excuse I can come up with...

Wil said...

I had to laugh out loud at your mantra - we are SO on the same page sistah... I have a half marathon coming up that I want baaaaaaaad. I'm going to write your mantra on my arm!

E-Speed said...

Can't make it to Malachi, got a TNT group run on tap. Buit have fun and don't race! Nice easy tempo run!

stronger said...

I used to do yoga with an instructor named Puma on the Big Island. How many Puma yoga instructors do you think are out? Ask if she lived in Hawaii.

stronger said...

out there. just in case 'out' sounded wrong. geesh- one of those days.

Rae said...

Enjoy the recovery week and the 5 miler tomorrow!

I'm with you, I am SO ready for spring!