So after a bit of a what some might call a vacation (actually, I think everyone would call it a vacation, and an amazing vacation at that!),
<<Side Note – Ev and I went to Greece (not Grease) and got to leave all responsibilities behind! Pretty much every stress-maker was left in Eastern Daylight Time, and everything that is amazing was waiting for us in Greece. Except for a comprehensible language. Greek is impossible! But the trip was amazing and I got another reprieve from running.>>
I’m back and re-energized to run. Today was the first day of training for the Chicago Marathon! I haven’t run very much since the Country Music Marathon for a number of reasons:
1) Basking in glory of beating Colin 😛 ;
b) Travel (see above about vacation);
3) Still basking in glory.
I was also ever-so-slighly under the weather this weekend (excuse alert!), so hopping right back into training wasn’t going to necessarily be like riding a bike. Maybe more like hog-tying a pig. Actually it was nothing like hog-tying a pig. It was like running.
It was harder than I wanted, but I got ‘er done. The surprisingly hard part were the 20-second sprints. At the 44-minute mark I would sprint for 20 seconds and then recover (run normal pace) for 40 seconds, and repeat ten times. My heart rate shot up and I felt drained. Here’s where I’ll hold onto that excuse for dear life. I blame it on not feeling 100%, the humidity, and the economic crisis. All told, it wasn’t terrible, and I’m looking forward to all 800 or so training miles lying in front of me for Chicago.
|Average HR||167 bpm (185 bpm max)|