It is once again Sunday evening, the close of another training week. It is the last week of November, which is also witness to that terrific holiday: Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not a holiday about food. It is not a holiday about shopping. It is a holiday about…thanks. Giving thanks. Being grateful and expressing gratitude toward all that we have. Quite honestly, I believe that shopping the day of Thanksgiving or even the day after – that whole “Black Friday” thing – is in direct contradiction to what Thanksgiving is. How blind we’ve become. Such a shame.
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
– W.T. Purkiser
But anyway! I am not here to lecture on my thoughts about cultural observances. Back to the training. My last post gave you a look into my strength training routine, and a little theory behind it. Since that time of the week, I have had an unscheduled rest day, which would have been Thursday, as – for the first time in I don’t know how long – I did not have the time to get a session in. Do I worry about this? Is all my fitness lost? Is my plan ruined? Not in the least. I keep moving, I’m not going to waste precious energy getting worked up about it. Besides, it meant I was that much more rested for the trainer session I had scheduled for Friday! Friday’s trainer session involved RPI: Race Pace Intervals. This is the first time I have introduced these into my training, and they totally kicked my butt. Awesome. This workout involved warming up for a solid 30 minutes, going at my goal race pace – or, since I do not have a speedometer on my trainer, I go by effort – for 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of recovery, and then another solid 30 minutes of effort, of course followed by cool-down.
Saturday was a long run, which went well in the chilly temps. Minus some slight hamstring tightness and the little feeling of fatigue in my legs from Friday’s session, I felt pretty good. I was back on the trainer this morning (Sunday), for a good, solid, hour. And it was solid, alright. The afternoon followed up with 90 minutes of yoga. I’m getting much better at this. My strength is greatly increasing, and my flexibility as well. It is amazing to me the differences that I am seeing, and how these differences are also transferring into the rest of my training.
Week 6 was the second build week in my second cycle, so Week 7 is about to be the final build week (the hardest one!) before a recovery week. I’m looking forward to seeing what I will be able to do this week. Bring it on.