Well, here I am, coming up for air after 3 days of intense teaching and work in Ithaca. This is going to be my every week from now until the end of the semester, and now that it's finally here, I am actually relieved. Everything went smoothly, and it feels good to be getting into a schedule, even if it is a crazy one.
Coach Mary has me in a recovery week this week, which has been working out great. I was able to get in a beautiful early morning swim on Wednesday, which is something I rarely get to do, since Kel leaves for work before any of the rest of us are up, so I am usually on mommy duty during the weekday mornings. I swam in the lane next to two Ithaca College swimmers, so it was nice to admire their strokes and flip turns as they flew by me.
All of the family plans went well too. Kel said Wednesday morning was surprisingly relaxed. I'm reluctant to reveal to him that I would like to know how he made that happen. I'm guessing it has something to do with the fact that Kel was up and ready before either of the boys were...hmmm...
And now it's already Thursday, and I am doing my other job of coaching, which hardly seems like a job. The day started out with me showing up for a meeting that was actually taking place across town. So I was 15 minutes late and my plans for the day were all mixed up. Fortunately, the meeting was just at a different Y, so all of my training plans just had to change location instead of time. No worries!! I started out my Zone 1 recovery run on the treadmill and about halfway through realized my parking meter was about to expire. So I hopped off the treadmill, threw on a long-sleeve shirt on top of my tank and running skirt and went outside to feed the machine some quarters. Once I was out there, though, it felt so great to be outside I decided to finish my run outdoors. So, in downtown Syracuse, in a running skirt and neon orange shoes, I weaved in and out of the business people headed to their lunch all bundled up in their coats and scarves looking at me like I was a crazy person, and enjoyed every last minute! I definitely didn't stay in zone 1, but this was my 1st outdoor run since early December, and I just couldn't help myself. I didn't think about anything, I didn't notice any twinges or niggles - I just ran. Man, it felt GREAT!!
On another note, I have started to incorporate some dynamic warm-ups to my routine before running. My Trakkers teammate, Laura, wrote a great post about these exercises, and I really have been feeling a difference when I take the few minutes to do them.
Now I'm finishing up a quick lunch/blog break and am headed back to the Y for a coaching session in the pool and a swim for myself. Have a wonderful day! I'll be catching up on my blog reading tonight, hopefully! I've been missing all of you!