Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Back in Action

I'm not going to lie.  I haven't exactly been as focused on working out since Chicago as I would have liked.  Honestly? I think my body really needed me to take it easy.

But I think I found my mojo again.

I met up with Amy on Saturday to run the 11.2 miles of brutal hills in Percy Warner.  We took it pretty easy, and honestly I was glad we were because I had been a bit nervous about the run.  I haven't run more than 9 miles at a time since Chicago, and I certainly haven't done hills since before I started tapering for that race.  All in all, I got the mileage in and I felt pretty good.  I want to get a solid run of 15-17 miles in next week and then a 20-miler the next before I taper again for the Huntsville marathon.  Sure, it would have been better to get a few more long runs in... but I'm just wanting to finish this marathon, not pull off some amazing time.  I'm feeling pretty fit, and I doubt that I'm losing much endurance from taking it so conservatively right now.

Yesterday I had coffee with a new friend through the Nashville Striders (hi Misty!).  Here's one of the things I really love about running: we runners LOVE to talk about running.  It's always so nice to connect with other people who are interested in discussing training and fuel strategies and local races over a cup of joe.

After I got home, I changed clothes and headed to the gym for a spin class.  This was significant for two reasons. 1) I haven't bee going to the gym as much the past couple of months.  I feel a little guilty because I usually like to make sure I use the things I pay for, but I honestly have just been running more outside and taking it easy on the other days.  2) I haven't been doing as much cross training as I should be, and it's time to get back to it.  Plus, all of Chic Runner's talk about spin classes have been inspiring me.

This class kicked my freaking @$$!  I was dripping sweat and out of breath within the first five minutes.  I forgot how great of a workout I always get in these classes, and I'm making it a point to get to a couple a week now to get my cross training work done.  

But something more significant than a good workout happened.  I think I've written before about how there's a woman at my gym who has run Boston like multiple times and is totally in awesome shape and was out running half-marathons while pregnant back in the spring. I hadn't seen her and her husband at the gym in a while, mostly because when I actually have gone it's been at a different time than when I used to go and see them.  But today? They were both in this spin class.

I was totally feeling kind of intimidated riding the spin bike next to her.  I always want to strike up a conversation with her about running, but for some silly reason I never do.  At the end of the class, the teacher was talking to her husband and I caught that he had just recently finished a freaking IRONMAN! Geez!  Talk about an endurance power couple!

This made me think two things: 1) I need to start talking to them and see if I can join them for some training. 2) Even though I said I don't expect to find a man that is into running or endurance sports, I kind of deep down think it'd be pretty cool.  How awesome would it be to find a man who wants to run marathons and compete in triathlons and stuff?!

Anyways, I'm feeling pretty good about getting back into the thick of things.  I've only got a little over a month until the next marathon, so I know I need to make the next two weeks pretty solid in terms of training before I have to taper again.  I have no doubt that I'll run well in Huntsville.  It won't be a PR day, but it will be fun... especially since so many of my Nashville friends are running!

I say all this I think because I'm trying to make sure I'm being realistic with my goals for the Huntsville marathon.  I'm trying to be conservative with training on purpose.. I don't want to push myself too hard too quickly.  But I'm getting excited as I start thinking about what I'll go after in the new year!


alyssa said...

Hey! I came across your blog and I noticed you have Hebrews 12:1 on your main page. That is my absolute favorite bible verse, I repeat it to myself during every race and hard runs. Awesome!

I've never done a spin class before but I should really think about it. Sounds like it was a great workout! I need to do something other than just run.

I never thought that I would want a boyfriend that was as into running as me just cause I want something that is completely my own.. but it may actually be fun! What an awesome couple! THey would be awesome to train with, they have plenty of wisdom i'm sure!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

My boyfriend is big into working out (i.e. weight lifting) but not so much running etc. We've ran together a few times and I always love it, but he never really likes it that much. I secretly do wish he'd be more into it though!

PS: Totally strike up a convo with them!!

Chic Runner said...

Spin class will kill me one day. Believe me.

Nicole said...

i've never been to spin class but you and D have me wanting to try it BAD!

Running and living said...

Spin classes are great. I don't do them now, since they don;t improve your triathlon specific bike fitness (that's what I have been reading), but I used to take them a lot and they are great for XTing. In terms of a boyfriend who runs marathons and does ironman races, that would be cool. However, don't marry one since then you'll have to negotiate training time, etc, etc. My husband runs for fun, and that's great for me bc I can get out and train anytime I want to.

Marathon Maritza said...

Sounds like you are doing well and it's normal to want/need a bit of down time after marathon training....that stuff is tiring!

You should totally strike up a convo with them...you said so yourself, runners like to talk running! There's your in!

I went from a BF who didn't enjoy running that much to one who does and it's pretty fun to have that in common and run together.....hope ya find runner love!! ♥♥

Jamie said...

I went to 2 spin classes and haven't returned. they kicked my butt!

sounds like you have a good plan going into huntsville!

The Shabby Princess said...

Yay for spin class!! I need to get back into spin, but, my gym only offers it a few mornings a week and they are my running mornings--and I'm way to obsessive to switch up my training days--tried that, and failed. Ha.

What an inspiring couple! My husband and I probably will never be that hard core, but, he started getting into cycling earlier this year because he was inspired by MY running!! He can't run because of too many knee injuries, but, he can ride his bike--so, you never know, even if you meet someone who's not into endurance sports, etc, they might just be inspired to do it. And let me tell ya, we go through a lot of BenGay, Gu and Powerade at my house--it's kind of hilarious.

Rachel H. said...

I need to go to a spin class, but I think I'm going to wait until after Weston is born to go! :)