I think I'm slowly working my way out of this funk. I've kinda still been feeling a bit down, but I've had some really good days and am thinking more positively in general. The days are getting a bit longer and we had a couple sunny days, which really helps. I think the best medicine has been a combination of running (which is really great lately!), spending time talking with and hanging out with friends and family, and just generally staying busy. I'm also actively trying to think positive and look forward to things, so I've been having fun planning things like little vacations and races (to be announced in a future post). I haven't been doing much yoga lately, so I'll be adding that back in. Things are definitely looking up though. :)
It's been two weeks since I last updated my blog and I have tons of great runs to report. I'm building my mileage back up so some runs are just easy pace, but I've had some really fast runs too! I love that. I also love long runs and those are back too- 10 miles yesterday. I start training for Eugene in two weeks and I think I'll be in good shape heading into it.
I've also been doing a lot of cross training at the gym by taking advantage of all the classes- weight training, pilates, yoga, and Zumba (so fun!). I've been stretching regularly too after ever single run (I had started to really slack on that). I have not been swimming or biking since the Ironman, and honestly I don't think I will be any time soon. I'm starting to miss swimming a little I guess, and maybe when the weather gets nicer I will be more likely to go for a bike ride. But I'm taking the year off of triathlons so there is really no rush.
I've been really cleaning up my diet but am disappointed to not have lost any weight! Wtf? I am feeling better though and that is what matters. I'm at a healthy weight I suppose but would like to lose 3-5 lbs. Oh well. Nothing to obsess about.
Well, let's get to the good stuff! Here is two weeks worth of running and cross training and at the end there are a few pictures of our ski adventure last weekend.
Monday Jan 11
4.5 miles/36:00/8:00 average pace
Waterfront run with Zach. First half at 8:22 pace, second half at 7:38 pace
Tuesday Jan 12
Yoga @ gym
Wednesday Jan 13
Weights class @ gym and
7.0 miles/1:02:53/8:59 average pace
Lacamas Lake trail run. Legs tired from weights class.
Thursday Jan 14
Friday Jan 15
3.0 miles/28:28/9:30 average pace
Great run with Alisa! This was a tempo type run for her and she did great. I think we matched up well for this run and I am glad to have a new running buddy (she's been a swimming/weights/spinning/Zumba buddy for months, but now she's officially a running buddy too).
Saturday Jan 16
9.0 miles/1:19:12/8:48 average pace
Columbia River Highway Trail out in Hood River. Very hilly!! I was so tired from the hills but I pushed really hard on the last mile, which is mostly downhill, and it came in at 7:06. :O
Sunday Jan 17
Snowboarding at Mt Hood Meadows (see pics below!)
total miles for the week: 23.5
Monday Jan 18
5.0 miles/44:24/8:53 average pace
Recovery run on Fanno Creek trail with Zach (we both had the day off) Tired legs from snowboarding
Tuesday Jan 19
Pilates @ gym and
7.0 miles/1:02:51/8:59 average pace
Longer recovery run
Wednesday Jan 20
REST! Boy I needed it.
Thursday Jan 21
4.5 miles/37:16/8:16 average pace
Strong solo run in the SUNSHINE! (well, setting sunshine, but still!)
Friday Jan 22
Weights class @ gym
Saturday Jan 23
10.0 miles/1:24:55/8:30 average pace
Marine Drive. Very awesome long run. I felt great the whole time. The first half I took it easy and ran a 8:50 average. I picked it up on the way back and ran 8:09 average- the last mile I pushed really hard and ran it in 7:13!
total miles for this week: 26.5
Finally, here are a few pictures from our ski trip last Sunday. I only could handle about 5 runs down the mountain, and some of those were on the bunny hill, but it was fun! I really wish I had new gear- my board, boots, and coat are all about 12 years old and totally out of style and worn out. I got a new coat this weekend (I've been needing one for this chilly winter weather anyway) but I'll stick with my old stuff until I prove that I"m actually going to GO skiing and can justify the cost. We'll see.
Thanks for reading! I'll try to update soon. :)
Ski bus in the parking lot:
Me on the bunny hill:
Looking up the mountain (Mt Hood is up there but it was way too foggy to see it):