Week two of CIM training made my heart smile.
Monday was my birthday where proceeded to invite three new friends who had never met each other to dinner. Nothing quite like, “Hi. I’m new. I don’t want to celebrate alone so will you go to dinner for my birthday with me?”
Awkward birthday selfie. We failed to take any other photos.
Thankfully, all four of us hit it off big time (if I do say so myself) and I left the date feeling like I just went on a really great date (thanks for the perfect comparison, Kitty). A big thank you to Jen, Antonia and Kitty for making my birthday so much fun.
The rest of the week was a bit of a re-awakening of my legs and the fast-twitch muscle fibers that are hidden deep, deep, deeeeep underneath all that Ironman training. During these first couple of weeks, Coach Greg doesn’t have me doing any speedwork per se, but rather getting the legs moving a bit more and a bit faster.
These workouts have included “stride” workouts. According to Coach Greg, “Strides are NOT all-out sprints but are short periods of faster running starting at around 5K race pace and getting faster to around mile race pace (95% of top speed).” Coach Greg even has some stride training tips on the “tips” section of his site. You can watch them here (click “The Best Workout You’ve Never Heard of – Stride Training”). Feeling my legs slowly come back with care and intention feels great. I know with this approach I’m not pushing anything too much, but gradually easing back into things.
Over the weekend, I flew home to Nevada to celebrate my other sister’s baby shower (and my soon to be niece). Of course, this trip home included quality time with what I’m sure is the cutest five month old ever and my hairy little baby.
I’m working to find my place in my new work world, with new friends, with new legs and a new goal. It’s taking time and hard at times, but making the most of it.
Mon., 8/19: Core and Upper Body
An hour of a little birthday cross-training.
Tues., 8/20: Stride Workout
Wed., 8/21: Eliptical, Lifting and a Little Yoga
Cross-training day, obviously.
Thurs., 8/22: Stamina, Lactate Threshold Run
Leveraged Coach Greg’s pace calculator to determine my steady state pace for this five mile workout.
Fri., 8/23: Long Run
With weekend travel plans, I got in 10 miles with a new friend. Mel has solid speed and an admirable half marathon time of sub-1:30, so I was happy to run with her to keep me focused yet distracted enough to get the miles to fly by.
Sat., 9/24: Baby Shower!
Sun., 8/25: Recovery Run
30 minutes of lugging gifts while running to see my in-laws and Lola.
I just have to share my new shirt.
Love, love, love it — even if it is from the men’s section.