Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Sunday Report

This was a pretty good week for me, these days anyway. Here are the numbers:

Swim: 5400.00 Yd 1h 55m
Bike: 19.71 Mi 2h 26m 39s
Run: 8.65 Mi 1h 21m 49s
Stretching/Foam Roller:  35m

Total:  7h 18m 38s

Nutrition:  20 points

It's been a great, lazy Sunday at my house.  We went to church last night, and I slept until the late hour of 7:24 a.m., skipped Masters swim and enjoyed my coffee(s) and a book in front of the fire.  The boys played together outside, so it was quiet to boot!!  I stayed in my pj's until noon, and am totally putting off packing for our trip. As I'm writing this I'm sitting in the family room half watching The Polar Express...and I'm the only one in the room.  I just don't feel like getting up to turn it off, and I can't find the remote from my chair!!

Anyway, I have decided to officially take this week off.  I feel like, even though my training hours have been reduced, mentally I haven't really taken any time off.  I'm taking my running shoes and my wetsuit down to NC, but will only run and swim because I want to, not because I need to. (I'm actually looking forward to possibly getting an open-water swim in.  I'm guessing the water should be warm enough.  If' it's more than 60 or so, I'm going!) Likewise with my nutrition this week--the no-sugar challenge ends tomorrow, so I'm giving myself a break this week.  Now, I'm not going to go crazy or anything, but I think a week of not obssessing monitoring everything I eat will do my brain some good.  I might even have a glass of wine every single night, and I will be having some dessert!!

My running has felt really great this week, and I'm itching to get some more mileage in.  If I'm running inside, I have been starting off with 7 minutes of barefoot (well, socked) running, and then putting my shoes on and finishing.  I like this method because when I run barefoot, my form is much better, my cadence is higher, and I can run faster.  Even after just a few minutes, when I put my shoes on, I can keep this same feeling.  The downside, is that my calves are killing me...even with all the foam rollering (is that a word?) and stretching.  I actually think this is a good sign because it means I'm not striking with my heel as much.  I've been checking my cadence periodically as I run, too.  When I am focusing on being light and more towards the front of my foot, I can keep my cadence pretty consistently around 88 rpms. (I don't know if that's the right term but it's 88 right foot strikes per minute.)  To check on this I just count how many times my right foot hits the ground during a 15 second block, and then I multiply by 4.

I hope all of you have a great week.  I'm not sure how much blogging will be happening this week, but knowing my family, I will definitely have a good story or two to share!! 

Happy training!


  1. You know what I just realized? I haven't been eating sugar, or thinking of it at all, for these last two weeks of your nutrition challenge. To be honest, I did have a small bowl of chocolate ice cream last week when I was sick, because I reeeally wanted it. But other than that, nada. Did I reprogram myself!?!

    Have a great Thanksgiving, enjoy your week!!!

  2. Rollering? Yeah, sure its a word. I think? well, maybe not but who cares. Going to NC? Thats where I am from. Morehead CIty area. Have fun on your week off. Had fun reading your blog.

  3. Just finished reading "Born to Run" and may think about trying some barefoot running myself. How long have you been doing it? Enjoy your "off" time.

  4. Have a safe trip and Happy Thanksgiving!


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