Wednesday, May 01, 2013
It's only Wednesday, but I am declaring this a very demanding week. I'm commuting round-trip four days this week (that's just under 20 miles). I've walked at lunch everyday, walked Monday morning and Tuesday evening. I'm hopeful the Hubs will drag me out for another walk this evening.
I'm intentionally over-working my legs because I know I will not get any exercise this weekend. I find overload followed by complete rest really boosts my speed. I don't do this very often. (Most weeks I do not ride on Friday or Sunday, rather than taking two days in a row off the bike.)
Today, I walked/ran at lunch. I walked to a nearby field (just over four minutes' walk), then alternated running for a minute & a half and walking for two minutes. After four loops, I walked back to the office. Boy howdy, is that a lot of work. When I'm struggling, my "inner coach" takes over. But all coach could get out was "you're doing great! you're doing great!". Geez, even the voices in my head were having trouble breathing.
I cannot yet run a mile. I know that I will get there, though. I'm willing to build up my strength slowly. (That's remarkable, because patience is NOT my strong suit.)
The stretching & foam roller work is helping. I haven't felt a tweak in the area of my adductor longus for a few days. My legs are tired, but not sore. I have to remind myself to be consistent about stretching even when I'm not in pain. And I know that if I do this, it's going to be a great season!