One step at a time

I took this evening off from the gym. It was glorious. There is something about a well deserved rest day after a tough run that I really enjoy. I iced my finicky shins and rested my tired legs yesterday, but there was one thing I forgot to do: spend some quality time with my foam roller.

foam-roller

When I awoke this morning, my calves were happily tucked inside their compression sleeves but my quads were neglected and pissed. They hadn’t received nearly enough love yesterday and continued to remind me of that fact all. day. long. I spent some time with Mr. Red after work today, and have another session scheduled before bed.

On the weekly workout goals front, the best way for me to be held accountable is to sing them loud for all to hear:

buddy-the-elf

Too soon for Christmas references? No such thing! Apparently Macy’s has the same thought process – they already had their decorations up this weekend when I was there.

Anyway, here’s my workout plan for the week:

Monday

Rest Day

Tuesday

3 mile run + Austin Trash Run

Wednesday

XT (elliptical or bike)

Thursday

3 mile run + Yoga

Friday

XT or Rest Day

Saturday

8 mile run

Sunday

XT + IM 70.3 Austin volunteering

Proper tapering? I think so. I’ll recap my progress on Sunday evening.

Is it weird that I’m already thinking about training for a second marathon? I know the first will be tough, but I’m most worried because it’s uncharted territory. I won’t bat an eye or think twice about registering for a half marathon because I’ve completed five. I was even registered for my second before I ran my first. I know the distance, and I know I can finish successfully. I feel like once I cover 26.2, it will feel a tiny bit less daunting. It’s still a marathon after all.

I’ve got my eye on a spring marathon and I’m contemplating throwing my name into the lottery for ING NYC. The only thing drawback to New York is training in the Texas summer again. Ugh. But that race is definitely on my to-do list.

Of course, I still have another goal to accomplish before then: smashing my half marathon PR.

One step at a time.

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8 Comments

  1. I’ve sworn off every marathon training through the summer again…and yet somehow I registered for RNR Seattle in june 🙂

    Enjoy taper!

  2. What do you get to do at the IM volunteering? That’s something I want to do more of – I try to remember to thank the volunteers while I’m running, but I could benefit from being on the other end more often.

  3. Did you see they are making getting into NYC harder now? You’re not guaranteed entry after being declined 4 years in a row now. Boo.

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