Today’s alarm went off with a shock at 5:25 am. After a few minutes of self-pity, I peeled myself out of bed because I wanted to get in a hard 7-mile run this week before Joe and I head to Cape Cod for the weekend. I may or may not be running a 15k in two weeks (the reason I say may not is because it happens to be on Monday, July 4th and I don’t want said race to interfere with the patriotic celebrations that will ensue that weekend. Priorities, people. You understand.) Regardless, it’s good to be prepared.
So I grabbed a half a Picky Bar, and somehow got my butt to the gym. Joe was telling me recently how when ultra marathoners train, they don’t necessarily talk in terms of distance, but rather in terms of time. (i.e., “Today I need to run for 3 hours”) I am clearly not an ultra marathoner, but I decided to track my workout in minutes rather than miles just for the mere sake of “switching it up.” You know. Have to keep ourselves entertained when doing treadmill workouts, right? Oh, and check out this handy little website I found.
Anyways. This workout sucked. Here’s how it went down:
|Katie's Treadmill Workout 06.16.2011|
|0 - 1||4.0||15:00||1.0||Ugh. Morning.|
|1 - 4||7.3||8:13||1.0||Lead legs.|
|5 - 10||7.5||8:00||1.0||Okay, waking up.|
|10 - 12||7.6||7:54||1.0|
|12 - 14||7.7||7:48||1.0|
|14 - 16||7.8||7:42||1.0||Lets try for 7:30's.|
|16 - 18||7.9||7:36||1.0|
|18 - 20||8.0||7:30||1.0|
|20 - 22||8.0||7:30||1.0||Comfortable here. Time for some incline.|
|22 - 24||8.0||7:30||2.0|
|24 - 29||8.0||7:30||3.0||Ugh. Hello, stomach. Bad night?|
|29 - 30||8.0||7:30||0.0||Recover.|
|30 - 32||8.0||7:30||1.0|
|32 - 33||8.0||7:30||2.0||Okay lets do this hill workout. Now or never.|
|33 - 35||8.0||7:30||3.0|
|35 - 36||8.0||7:30||4.0||This blows.|
|36 - 38||8.0||7:30||5.0||Joe just walked by - and laughed at me.|
|38 - 39||8.0||7:30||7.0||I'm dying.|
|39 - 40||8.0||7:30||3.0||This sucks.|
|40 - 42||8.0||7:30||0.0||How long of a recovery is appropriate?|
|42 - 45||8.0||7:30||1.0||Ugh. Should I just do 6?|
|45 - 46||8.1||7:24||1.0||Feeling ok - might as well finish strong.|
|46 - 47||8.2||7:19||1.0|
|47 - 48||8.3||7:14||1.0|
|48 - 50||8.4||7:09||1.0||Make it end.|
|50 - 52||8.5||7:04||1.0||Thank goodness for Eminem.|
|52 - 54||8.0||7:30||1.0|
|54 - 56||3.0||20:00||1.0||Done.|
|Total Time:||56 min|
|Distance:||A little over 7 miles|
|General Note:||Felt like crap|
After I stepped off the treadmill, I was exhausted, my stomach was a mess, and I was glad it was over. Suddenly optimistic delirious, I made my way over to the dumbbell rack to see if I could get in some strength training (and by strength training, I mean doing some bicep curls with a 10 pound weight.) I was sweating profusely. My face was the color of an apple (green and/or red apple) I started getting dizzy. Took the cue to stop and call it a day. Too much, Kate. Go home.
I needed to re-fuel big time. I made myself Ye ‘Ol Standby but decided to switch it up and use apple butter instead of PB. In hind sight, I probably should have stuck with the PB for protein. I also had a yogurt bowl with bananas and blueberries. And coffee. And a ton of water as I was clearly dehydrated.
Hours later, I still feel pretty crappy, and am trying to figure out what the problem was. I have a feeling the stomach issues were due to some canned organic mangoes I incorporated into dinner last night. But as far as the sluggishness? I think I’ve just been over-doing it a little lately. I think I need to cool it. Joe and I are heading up to the Cape this weekend, and I’ll be taking a rest day tomorrow, and will maybe fit in a few easy runs on Saturday and Sunday. Maybe.
I have also been trying to continue re-fueling throughout the day. I am still on my pear kick…
… And check out this kick-butt, colorful salad I made: Organic mixed greens, carrots, beets, left over grilled teriyaki chicken from last night, and some whole wheat kashi crackers.
I also decided to give coconut water another shot. The first time I had the regular kind, I thought it tasted like tanning oil and threw it out immediately. But today I picked up this Vita Coco pineapple-infused flavor:
Tried it and loved it! (and wondered what it would taste like with Parrot's Bay added, but figured that would defeat the purpose) Definitely can’t drink the whole thing in one sitting, but it was refreshing. Coconut water is loaded with electrolytes and potassium, so I’ll take anything to help me recover.
Although I felt horrible for the majority of the time during this morning’s workout, I’m pretty happy I sucked it up. Sometimes these workouts aren’t only for exercising our bodies, but are also for training our psyches for the mental part of running and racing. (I apologize for getting all zen on you today, but it’s true.)
Anyways - Do you have any recommendations for the best way to recover (physically and mentally) after a crappy workout?