Thursday, May 03, 2012
Welcome back runner's high! After over a week being sick I'm back to lacing up and hitting the pavement. I'm doing better than I thought after taking the time off to deal with what felt like WWII with my body.
I joined the run a 5K plan through this site, but am not sure its the best fit for me. I downloaded "micoach" by adidas on my Blackberry and am using the coaching and running programs there. I find it's hard to cue my times unless I have a program that will interrupt my songs and let me know how far I've gone and when to pick up the pace depending on what interval I'm doing.
I now realize that on average I jog/run a little over 6K. I think that I will continue with micoach instead. I will keep tracking my strength and cardio here.
I'm feeling so much better! The weather feels like summer so that probably helps my mood. I find also that getting back into the running is helping me deal with the stresses I associate with work and life in general. It's been so busy at work and I've been pulling the "unpaid" overtime just to get a handle on what's to come the next day. I have so much more energy.
On a nutrition note, I've increased my calories due to my increased activity. I feel more focused and energized due to that life change as well. Maybe I will even fill out a bit more. My aim is to stay lean but build muscle tone. My size is probably another reason people take me for younger than I am.
I'm concerned because my running and fitness will be altered as I'm leaving for Europe in less than 2 weeks. I'm not sure how running on cobblestones will be. I believe my hotel has a gym but I'd have to double check that. I'm bringing a portable DVD player so I can bring some cardio workouts and I'm also packing resistance tubing. I'm sure I'll be doing enough walking while sight seeing.
Well it was an eventful day, I was productive at work, had lunch with great friends, had a fab run...now all that's left is to enjoy my coffee and relax before bed.
Love the runner's high!