I had a great day yesterday. I wish every day could be like that. In the morning we headed to the gym, the girls went in the daycare, and I met Lori for a workout. I started by running 2 miles for a warm-up, and then we did our weights workout. I haven’t had a good strength training session in a while, so it was great! We did a lot of our normal routine including:
- Chest press
- Deadlifts with a row
- Kettlebell cleans
- Side shuffles w/ a resistance band
- Some TRX Abs – One new move from Lauren Fleshman’s blog, and pikes
- Side planks
- rolling and stretching… I always like rolling at the gym because they have the black uber hard foam rollers, soooo much pain, but oh so good!
My daughter has her daycamp on Thursday afternoons, so I loaded up my road bike and running gear. I dropped her off at daycamp, and then had 2 glorious hours to myself. I drove out to the highway, and got on my bike heading west towards the mountains. I love cycling in the foothills, it’s hilly but so beautiful. The ride was nice, the wind was in my face on the way out, and therefore at my back on the way back. I managed a nice negative split over my 20km ride. After the ride, I swapped my bike shoes for my running shoes, had a quick honey stinger waffle, and set out for my 5k run. I was in a bit of a hurry because I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to spare before having to pick up my daughter. I just ran along an adjacent rural highway, staying on the left side facing traffic to be safe. It would have been nicer to run in the city on the pathways, but I wanted it to be a true brick, running right after getting off my bike. I was surprised to feel so good. I started off downhill, which helped, but I was running at a good clip, and my legs felt super bouncy. I finished my 5k in just over 27 minutes, which is a good time for me, after a day of working out, and a couple of other hard workouts this week (Tempo on Tuesday, and medium long run on Wednesday).
I thought after my day of working out that this must be like a(n easy) day in the life of Kara Goucher, or some other pro runner. Workout in the morning, lunch, more running and working out in the afternoon… except I think they also get a nap and a massage in there somewhere. Oh the life, it would be amazing for it to be your JOB to run… So if anyone is looking for a mediocre, middle of the pack runner, who struggles with injury, I’m your girl 🙂