Oh, how I wish I had a video camera set up in my bedroom. Not for THAT, you pervs!
Yesterday, I was feeling so sluggish. Just really tired, and I’m not sure why. So I decided I needed a nap. But then I thought maybe it was because I hadn’t done any exercise. Plus, my legs were a little tight from Saturday’s race. Instead of a nap, I decided to walk/run a couple miles on the treadmill. T Junior, my almost-4-year-old, wanted to come upstairs with me (the treadmill is in my bedroom — naturally).
Once up there, I looked for a sporting event to watch on TV on mute. I like to have sports to watch, and then listen to my music. I saw that the NCAA indoor track and field championships were on! “What’s this?” T Junior asked. I told him. “Track and fiewld,” he repeated.
As I ran, I answered his questions. He told me a mile was really far. And then he began running from my closet, through my bathroom and then across my bedroom. And back. And then again. And then again. And again. Then he saw the high jump, which he did onto the oversized armchair in our room.
When the 400 meter race came on, I showed him how they started in the blocks. (BTW-the guy that won, ran 400 meters — that’s a quarter mile — in 45 seconds! Can you freaking imagine?!) T Junior crouched down, then took off across the bedroom. When it was the women’s turn, he immitated how they loosened up near the starting blocks. T Junior stood in front of the TV, his hands on his hips, shaking out his legs and swaying his hips from side to side. What a nerd! (It’s okay, nerd is a good word in our house.)
Then he saw the hurdles. I had to stop the treadmill and make him one because the Tonka tractor he was jumping over had emergency room written all over it. I rolled up a towel for him. He ran back and forth leaping over the towel in my room while screaming, “I’m the real deal! I’m the real deal! I’m the real deal!” (He was wearing his shirt that says that, but I think he should save it for his sports career.)
As for me, I actually enjoyed my treadmill run. It was slow, my legs felt good to be moving and I had excellent entertainment. Plus, I had some good music on. Afterward, T Junior coached me through a short strength workout. He even made me do jumping jacks! I despise jumping jacks! And he took pictures of me with his camera — I haven’t looked, but I’m sure the photos are beeeeeuuuuuteeeful.
The other thing I did yesterday was get my training plan ready for the Seattle Rock N Roll half in June. The plan Coach Mel made me for my sub-2 half in September is good and I wanted to use it again. I did make some changes. I changed hill repeats to speed work — track repeats. I’m not supposed to do a lot of hills per my physical therapist, and I felt I might miss the speed work that I’d done for the 5K. But I just did a couple different repeat workouts — 8x400s and 6x800s — then repeated and alternated them with easier runs. I don’t want to do a lot of track work this time; I’m a little burnt out on the track. But I need to do some to remind my legs how to turn-over faster.
The awesome plan Mel made me was created with a 1:55 in mind. I entered my recent 5K time into the McMillan running calculator to see what I could potentially do and it said something in the 1:40 range. I don’t really feel the need to PR at the half, but I want to keep my fitness and I also want my training to be a little challenging (to keep me interested). So, I made it for a 1:50 half. My PR is a 1:52.
Real training starts Monday, April 2. I can’t wait to start…so I may begin early. Obviously, I am sick.
Were you on the track team? In high school, I ran the mile (and sucked at it), and I also tried shot put and discus. In junior high, I did the mile, too, I think. I also did hurdles. Yeah, those suck, too. Do you have a sports nickname like T Junior? I feel like I need one now.