Monday, June 10, 2013
I'm finding this whole tapering thing really hard. Especially since I didn't have a set training plan for this 100k walk. Plus I'm also in a bit of recovery mode after 2 half marathons. Probably not the best of plan leaving 10 days between the second half marathon and walking 100k. I did a short run/walk in the dark on Saturday night to try out my headlamp and I'm planning to do yoga tomorrow. I was thinking a beach walk tomorrow and Wednesday, easy and fairly short. I was planning to stay off my feet aside from the flight on Thursday. Hopefully work isn't too taxing tomorrow. I love that I have a one day week!
Meanwhile taking it easy this week and not doing any strength training frustrates me a little. I know it is necessary but it puts you in a lazy mindset. It also makes it really easy for me to eat too much given that mindset. And while some of it has been high carb there's also been a lot of overeating in general. I hate how a week's holiday makes it so hard to get my eating back on track.
I think tapering also makes me realise how easy it would be to slip back into my old lifestyle. Of course these thoughts are ridiculous as I like exercising and my diet is still healthier now than it ever used to be but those thoughts still creep in.
As for overeating I am going to continue to carb load and try to be healthy about it. Sometimes I wish this was like it was early on, everything was new and there were lots of easy changes to make to improve my diet significantly. Now I feel like I have to make fairly serious sacrifices to make improvements. However that doesn't change the fact I need to get back to clean eating, tracking my food and reducing my portions. I was thinking of switching to my fitness pal to track but I think I may make that a gradual change if at all as I have sparkpeople set up already for all my favourite foods. I want to make this as easy as possible to start back to. I only stopped tracking about 5-6 weeks ago and at first I did really well but not lately so back to it.
Since I like to write poorly written, train of thought blogs I thought I'd also mention that I'm a bit nervous about this walk on Friday. I really do think I'll be fine. I'm just not that sure I'll be able to go as fast as my team wants. I really am not much of team player. I'd really rather be doing this on my own. The plan is 5.5km/hour for the first 2 sections, then 6km/hour in the third downhill section, then the last 4 sections in 5km/hour. I'm a bit concerned about the first two sections which have large climbs and the 4th section which is steeply downhill. I am planning to run/walk the downhill and flat portions of the first sections and then let my team catch me on the uphill or at the checkpoint. We also have no more than 30 minutes at a checkpoint. I am sure I could handle this on my own but my teammate annoys me a bit constantly harping on time. I suppose it is only for 20 hours but I'm sure my patience will wear thin after 20 hours of walking! I already told him I've brought a hiking pole to keep him in line!
After this event I have nothing planned but a tough mudder in August. My plan is to give my legs some serious recovery time. No running for at least a week and then 1 short run a week for 3-4 weeks until my hamstring feels 100%. Then my plan will be to do a gradual increase in distance and incorporate a lot of hills. I'm also planning to lift a lot, and do some serious work on my poor ability to do pull ups. I really need to come up with a more specific training plan. That should help increase my motivation. To help with things my husband is on board to improve our diet.
Meanwhile in my personal life we're waiting to hear on my husband's job prospects in WA. It is stressful to not have something lined up for him or for me. I can stay in my current job as long as needed but I really have it in my head that I'll be moving within the next few months. I hope that continues to happen. And I hope my husband gets a good enough job that I can have a few months off to help me decide what's next.
Anyway that was all a bit all over the place but that is a bit how I'm feeling at the moment. I suppose that is to be expected with 100km looming in 3 days time!