In another of life’s small miracles I actually did my PU/SU workout on Saturday. It was a quick 30/30 but it felt terrible. I definitely felt weak although I can’t quantify that as I failed to record my numbers. I know. I know.
Anyway, I don’t have any other updates from the weekend because I didn’t do my scheduled 10-miler. I was going to. I really was. In fact I was actually looking forward to it based on how well my last 10-miler went.
Unfortunately, on Saturday night I had a bout of “flu-like symptoms”. I’ll spare you the gory details but the upshot was that I was in absolutely no shape to workout on Sunday. In fact it was so bad I didn’t even go to work on Monday.
Which sucked because 1) being sick sucks 2) being really sick sucks 3) being sick by yourself with noone to complain to/take care of you sucks 4) I really WAS looking forward to my 10-miler and now I’ve missed/failed on two (maybe three?) of the programmed long runs in my run plan.
So now it’s actually Tuesday night and I’m posting this mostly to avoid going out and doing the run that I’m supposed to be doing tonight (2x1600m // 200m recovery). I am not feeling motivated about this at all. Work is a little stressful, I’m tired, I’m hungry, it’s pitch black outside and I’m not motivated. Did I mention that? The irony is that those conditions are actually a great REASON to go out and run and suck some endorphins. And yet … here I sit NOT going out for my run.
The internal struggle continues …
Tune in tomorrow to find out what happens …
There was supposed to be a workout for Thursday, 13 December, but instead I went to bed at 19.30 and woke up at 04.30. I was pretty tired. Bad habits and a lack of sleep discipline during the workweek catching up with me.
The upside though was that I was finally awake early and actually did my workout (6-mile easy run) BEFORE work. Shocking! For some reason my Garmin completely lost the data for this run, but I swear I did it. Here’s the manually entered data I did based on what I remember from looking at my watch during my cool down:
My PU/SU gamesmanship failed as I skipped my workout for today. I’m going to put some of the blame on the fact that I had a conference call for work tonight that threw a monkey wrench into my evening timeline. I’m planning to do it tomorrow morning and may just change my “schedule” from M-W-F, to Sa-M-W since that’s what it ends up being most of the time by default. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Even if “em” is you. But never if “em” is Navy. Remember that boys and girls.
Typical easy Wednesday: easy spin on the bike and PU/SU. I switched it up this time and did my “wild card” workout in the middle of the week and saved the 30/30 workout for Friday. I’m hoping that leaving my shortest PU/SU workout for my least motivated day will help game myself into actually doing it as scheduled. We’ll see…
I set a PR in the Deck of Cards workout, 18:45. Not a huge improvement over my other attempt, but better is better. Right?
I’m leading out with this graphic because I want everyone to see the elevation profile of this run. The program called for a 6-mile run (3-miles hill run at tempo with recovery down hill). This isn’t the Himalayas but it sure FELT effective.
Considering I overcame a titanic bout of “I-don’t-want-to-go-out-and-do-this-tonight” to make myself leave my house at 18.30 and drive 20-minutes to the start point I am inordinately proud of myself for having done this tonight. It took all of my sneakiness and trickery to get myself off the couch and out the door.
And the result was a great run on a relatively cool, starry night. Good stuff.
Here’s the numbers:
Push-ups and sit-ups today. I have been more inconsistent with PU/SU improvement than I have with the running. I’m not entirely sure why since I’m actually “better” at push-ups and sit-ups relative to my goals than I am with the run. You’d think (or at least I would) that I would “do what I’m good at”.
But as terrible as I am at running I actually kind of enjoy it. Sometimes. In some ways. But push-ups are just awful. I really don’t like them. I don’t even feel good about them after I’ve done them the way I do with running.
The upshot of all this is that I’m doing terrible at my push-ups and “meh” at the sit-ups. I need to put more emphasis on this. I think I’m going to start doing so sub-maximal sets of push-ups through the day on my PU/SU off days. One, in order to build some volume and two, to inure my mind to the experience of push-ups and hopefully make me dread them less.
Felt like a good run. Pretty happy with my effort and the results. Especially considering I kicked a paving stone three minutes into my tempo effort and nearly broke my toe (I was wearing my Five Fingers for the first time in a LONG time). Foot was sore all day. Toenail turned black before the end of the run.
This run is also noteworthy because it happened in the morning. That’s right. A daylight run. Those things can happen when you go to bed early and get plenty of rest. You know, like I’m NOT doing right now.
Rather than attempting to catch up by making individual posts for all the workouts I missed blogging on here (too much time and makes for a very confusing sequence of posts) I’m just going to post these top-level overviews from my Garmin Connect calendar. I’m still planning to go back through and comment and review on some of the key (good and bad) workouts during this period. But I did want to at least prove that just because I wasn’t talking about it didn’t mean I wasn’t still doing it.
Two things of note for today. First, is that it’s the king’s birthday and therefore a national holiday. I love mid-week holidays. End of week holidays that create long weekends are nice, but I really like taking a break mid-week. You do some work, you do some recovery, you catch up on sleep. Fantastic.
Second, even though I stayed up waaaaaaay too late last night (Minecraft will be the death of me yet) I got up at 0530 this morning (with the help of a liberal dose of water falling almost directly on my face from a malfunctioning air conditioner, honestly wouldn’t have happened otherwise). Since I was (unwillingly) up anyway I went ahead and did the unthinkable and knocked out my workout in the morning. Love having it done and being able to keep the rest of the day flexible. I didn’t get around to my PU/SU improvement until after lunch, which is still pretty early for me these days.
Here’s what I did:
Push-ups and sit-ups was 2-min / 1-min / 1-min / 30-sec / 30 sec. And amazingly enough I actually recorded my numbers. Depressing but necessary.