Trying to get back into a regular running routine, I went for a 6 mile run Saturday afternoon. The weather has returned to its usual warm winter days with highs in the low 70s. Gorgeous days for outdoor activities, except for an afternoon run.
About mile 2, I thought I was going to die. I became so overheated that my pace slowed to crawling walk. Barely making 5.5, I walked home feeling defeated.
Sunday, I met Lori, Tiffany and a new running partner, Amanda, for a 12 mile run, which was another pathetic sight. Still recovering from my Unofficial Goofy Challenge, I’ve been feeling some tightness in my calf muscles while running. To combat this, I have been walking more often during my runs and stretching a lot more, too.
With Gasparilla’s Michelob Ultra Challenge looming around the corner, I need to be more dedicated to my training. I have been sloppy since Christmas. My Monday yoga ritual and my cross-training have been overlooked for some time.
Buckling down again, I am determined to be more stringent with my training. After all, the winter and spring months offer the best races in Florida!
This week’s training includes:
- Yoga on Monday
- 4 mile run on Tuesday and a 10 mile bike ride
- 6 mile run on Wednesday
- Rest on Thursday
- 4 mile run and strength training on Friday
- 6 mile run on Saturday
- 14 mile run on Sunday
Like I said, I was all set to get back into the groove for Gasparilla. Then, I came down with a stomach bug and it’s been coming out of both ends since late Sunday night. Multiple runs to bathroom with a bucket in tow made for a very sleepless night. I have no energy and no appetite and therefore, I will be spending most of the day in bed. So, no yoga for me today and possibly a VERY short run tomorrow, if I can summon any energy at all.
Oh well. The running road was paved with good itentions.