What a difference a complete rest day makes. I was still feeling a little bit tired yesterday, but considerably better than how I was feeling on Monday. In fact, I was feeling good enough that I think I will take a complete rest day today as well. I really want to feel good and be able to enjoy myself at the Hokie Half this weekend.
After work yesterday I hopped on the treadmill (also known as Sven) for a five mile run with three miles at marathon pace (10:18/mile). And I can honestly say I felt great.
I started out with a warm-up mile. I intended to run around 10:30, but pressed 6 mph to get the treadmill going and forgot to ever bump the speed down. It just felt good to run and that pace felt relaxed. After my warm-up, I paused the treadmill and stretched my calves a bunch since they’re still a bit tight and sore. Then I nailed 3 miles at marathon pace: 10:13/10:12/10:07. I felt comfortable and for once this pace felt like one I can definitely settle into for a long time. Thank goodness.
That’s my little post-it note I use to help me keep track of my splits. Don’t get me wrong, I have a really good memory. But for some reason I cannot remember my splits when I run on the treadmill. So I write them down. See that “40:33” that looks a little messy? That would be where I nearly fell off of Sven while writing. Guess I should pause the treadmill if I want to avoid injury. On a random note, writing down splits makes me feel like I’m a swim coach again.
|Back in the good old days when I answered to “Coach Meagan” or “Miss Meagan.”
Don’t mind my lazy eyes. I probably wasn’t awake, yet, when this was taken.
I think I will incorporate two complete rest days per week as my training progresses. After this week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays are listed as rest days on my training plan. I plan to make one of those a cross training day each week and let the other two complete rest days. That seems like it is going to work best for me. Hopefully in the future as I become a stronger runner, I can drop down to just one complete rest day per week. In the meantime, here’s to figuring things out! (This is the part where we toast…. where’s your drink??)
Have you ever worn the title of “coach”?
Tell me about your last great workout!
What’s something crazy you do while running/biking/walking?
Someone one-up my post-it note!