Saturday, May 23, 2009

Glorious weather

Following up my rides from last week, I rode Tuesday with another teacher from school (who's slower, but will go out for hours on her bike...we're planning a few long rides together this summer), and Thursday alone (skipping a faculty meeting...hey, I have priorities). Thursday my ass was saved from several wipeouts by a FedEx truck in front of me that forced me to slow down as I was descending (too quickly) down a twisty, unfamiliar back road. I also lifted at lunch Thurs and took Andra for a 40 minute walk in the evening. Wednesday I ran 4-5 miles. The weather this week was just too good to pass up. I felt so great about my working out (and having it be so much fun) that I didn't even mind that every night (M, T, W, Th) right after I put Andra to bed I had to go tutor for an hour. It was non-stop, but when I get the workouts in it's all ok.

Boot camp this morning, not sure about tomorrow, and then maybe a 5-miler on Monday morning. I won't PR of course...haven't been running enough to have any endurance and the speedwork I did for my 5k PR won't be enough (plus I've sort of stopped doing it!). I think I might do this one mile race in June in the town I teach in. It'll be a default PR, and just maybe (but doubtful) I could do it under 7 minutes!

I wish I were back at the running level I was before, when 9 miles was nothing and I was always in half-marathon shape. But, that's when I was always training for something. Seems like a long time ago! I'm really just so psyched to be getting out on my bike, even for just short hour long rides. And my biceps are, I think, the strongest and biggest they've ever been. I'm pretty content.


Natalie D said...

You're doing great! You'll be back in that running shape. Little by little! you've been able to fit everything in so well. Isn't the tutoring great w/ finals coming up? Too bad my kids are private school and one of them is already done!

Angela and David Kidd said...

That's awesome. It's hard to beat being content.

X-Country2 said...

That's a great week of cross-training. Keep up the good work.

jsmarslender said...

Good job on all that training. I hear you about the good weather you just can't pass up. I was in Wisconsin this past weekend and easily made time to run because it was absolutely gorgeous! I hope all goes well as the school year ends for you!

erika p said...

Go you!

Lying on your back in bed lifting your baby up from your chest into the air is the best bicep workout I know of... :)

This weekend I was thinking of you and how you could run while pregnant as I struggled to jog alongside Austin riding his new bicycle (with training wheels of course, but still - he's only 2 years and 8 months and he rides it so well). I'm 22 weeks pregnant and sore - posterior pelvic pain - ugh. I have to get off my butt and start going to a yoga class again this week. I know you're not at your pre-baby workout intensity, but you're an inspiration to me just the same. And it's great to hear you sounding happy with where you are. :)

DC Running Mama said...

We runners always think that running lots of miles=pinacle of shape. But, it really isn't. We're not that well balanced. Not to tell you what you want to hear, but I think it is better to do more varied activity. But, I am a creature of habit:>