Truthfully, the workout kicked my trash. I went to the park next to my house and decided that I would sprint for about 30 seconds at full-out speed, and then walk/jog for 30 seconds. Rinse, wash, repeat. And that's what I did. And let me tell you, it was not easy. My legs felt like jello after the first two sprints. I couldn't figure out why I was so sluggish. My recovery time was much longer than my running time (stupid asthma was trying to make a comeback). However, I felt a lot better when I got home and realized that the reason I was so freakin' beat was because I had been running at a 6 minute mile pace during my sprints. Uhhh, yeah. That's way fast for me. Wish I could run that fast all the time... :)
I must say, this has been a great week for me. I've gotten FIVE workouts in, and I have another one planned for tomorrow. I've stuck to my schedule perfectly, and I am feeling a nice sense of pride because of it. My legs have stayed surprisingly strong considering the beating I've put them through this week. I'm happy with that--I didn't lose all that much muscle during my break!
I've also begun a strength training program for my core and my legs. My physical therapist recommended it to me to make me a better runner. The core work is fantastic! It SUCKS but it works you out so well. I will have rocking abs in no time. And by "no time" I mean in like two years. But still...these are the things I look forward to.
Also, as a side note, I am cutting my hair. I will be cutting somewhere between 7-8 inches off. It isn't that I don't like my hair long (because right now I am actually enjoying it); it is that when I run it drives me absolutely BONKERS. Swish, swish, swish, swish. Back and forth across my back, acting as a nice washrag soaking up all my sweat for me. It's seriously sick. I can't handle having to wring my hair out after a run. So, I am cutting off the part that hits my back. Yep. These are the things I must give up in order to run. Goodbye hair. Thanks for the memories. You will be missed.
|My hair has another 4 inches to go that you can't see in this photo. Bye bye washrag!|