Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Kind of an Off Season

Now that I'm not getting ready for tris my workouts have lessened considerably.

 I didn't set up my trainer.  Too much work. Too boring.  Didn't use it the whole year last year due to sprained ankle.  And on and on.  Poor excuses but they're my excuses.  So three bike workouts each week. GONE.

Just like last year I have cut back my swimming time and days for a bit. I am only going once a week and I am only swimming 1000 yards.  I will begin to do more yards in January and will soon add back that other day.  I'm just keeping my feet wet.

Running.  This has the least change.  I am still running 4 days a week.  I am beginning to add miles back on although they are still not long.  Somehow I have changed for a bit so three of my days are at the gym.  I think this mindset is leftover from keeping one weekend day free for a long bike ride.  For now I am liking the change but realized I don't run as far on the TM as outside for both weekend days. So the last two weeks I have made one TM day longer. My typical run is 4+ miles on it but each of the last two weeks found me running 6+.  I know there are many who run far more than that on the TM but this is a big deal for me.  I have to go in with the mindset that that is what I am doing and that is that. If I left it to whether I felt like it it would NEVER happen.  My weekend day is my "long" day.

Last Sunday I got to run in a bit of a snowstorm.  Not the blizzards I love but still......  I had forgotten how tiring it is to run in the soft snow.  I did manage to fall once too - not good at all!  I got in 7 and I won't tell you how long it took.  But I did it even with all the Christmas craziness right now.

And work..........OMG.  Teaching 9 and 10 year olds as the holidays approach is not an easy task. Each day this week has been worth a week itself. I cannot believe it is only Tuesday!  Yikes.  I wouldn't make it through the day without friends like this guy.



12 comments:

Teamarcia said...

These final days are crawling for sure. I woke today thinking/hoping it was Saturday.

Darlene said...

A big deal for me is 4 miles on the tm.

Jamoosh said...

An off-season can be invigorating, except for those 9 and 10 year olds...

Char said...

I think it's good to get a bit of a rest period during the year. Wind it back and not push too hard. You can't keep up a hard effort all year round.

Kate Geisen said...

Longest. week. ever. And my class is relatively same. We're in the homestretch now, though! We can do this! :)

And running in the snow is such a joy. :)

EB said...

I am completely impressed by teachers. I don't know how you do it all day?! We have a 4th grader at our house and I understand how trying it can be this time of year!!

Mike said...

Running on the treadmill is a huge mental challenge for me. It's a little easier if I cover the time and put a Netflix show on.

I love running in the snow too!

Amy said...

Good luck with the last few days of school - I don't know how you do it!

And your body is probably enjoying a little change in your workout routine, too.

Fran said...

Why not take it easy the rest of this year and don't stress about workouts. Knowing you you will pick it up full in January, just enjoy the extra rest days. You work so hard all year long.

Just thought about you when I read that your other boyfriend and Eva Mendez are stepping back a bit in their relationship. I see opportunities for you here :)

Giorgio said...

Great you're running four days a week and can enjoy running path covered with snow.
A you know, you also need long runs. On the other hand, you could enjoy ther rest of Christmas time, as above mentioned in Fran's comment.

middleagedrunner said...

It sounds like you're still really active! The New England weather has been such a challenge so far this winter that I have been stuck inside too.
Good luck managing the kiddos for the next few days- they are all just MENTAL. Completely losing their shit, seriously! (and Happy Holidays to you and your family!)

Black Knight said...

4 days a week is a very good training!
In my life only one day I had the "pleasure" to run in the snow: it was a fun experience.
Happy holidays.