MONDAY: Run 3.1 miles on treadmill
TUESDAY: Stationary bike 10 minutes, lift 50 minutes
WEDNESDAY: Zumba class
THURSDAY: Run 3 miles on treadmill (1-minute incline ladder intervals up to level 7)
FRIDAY: Yoga class, stationary bike 10 minutes, lift 40 minutes
SUNDAY: Run 10 miles, interspersing inclines and hill repeats
Yesterday was my first outdoor 10-miler with real incline repeats (not treadmill simulations) on bridges and overpasses throughout the entire run, instead of just during the end. While the Pittsburgh Half Marathon course does have a monster hill at the end, it also has hills throughout. So I figured this was a more realistic training simulation.
Based on the location of the inclines I was using, I anticipated completing the mileage away from home. Accordingly, I planned in advance to ride a Divvy bike back. The bike ride was only about a mile, but it was tough. My legs felt like jello. I was milking all the rolling momentum I could and cursing anytime I had to brake for a stop sign or red light.
Mental funk aside, I believe I may have physically overdone it yesterday. I haven't had much of an appetite or desire to stay hydrated, which is extremely atypical for me. I also had trouble sleeping last night, which was the worst feeling. There is no bigger bodily betrayal than when you are exhausted but can't sleep.
My training schedule calls for me to lift today, but I am going to take a rest day instead.
I'm now reflecting on where to draw the line between challenging yourself versus going overboard. It's such a tough line to draw, yes?
I am going to take things easier this week. Adam and I are departing soon for our extended-weekend cruise, during which I have a planned training stepback. The timing couldn't be better! Thank goodness.
P.S. Sorry that I continue to be relatively MIA on all of your blogs these days. My motivation is low but I am trying to get back into the spirit of things.