No, I didn’t actually fall off the face of the earth, it just totally seemed like it! I certainly didn’t intend to spend almost two weeks away from Bloggyville, but life, work and some computer troubles have kept me away. The poor computer made a loud *POP* then a puff of smoke and then…nothing. We’re hoping the hard drive escaped unharmed and are expecting parts whose names and functions I don’t understand to come in the mail in a few days. In the meantime, I’m scribbling away on my tiny netbook. Have you ever typed up a blog post on one of these itty bitty keyboards? Geez Louise!
Things here in the P household are good. Really good, in fact. I put a highly-revised, lowered-standards, just-happy-to-cross-the-finish-line Half Iron training schedule on the refrigerator last week and so far I’ve hit every workout as planned – yay! My new plan basically started me from scratch on the bike and run since I’ve taken so much time off the last three months. My speed is definitely not there, but my endurance actually seems just about right, so that’s a bonus. I’m guessing that all the swimming I’ve been doing has kept my fitness (but certainly not my weight – yikes! – that’s a whole ‘nuther kettle of fish) at an acceptable level.
In Running-in-Vibrams news, I couldn’t be happier with the way my runs have been going! I’ve really taken my time getting used to them and I’m just now, after a month of running in them, starting to add some distance. I progressed very slowly from about half a mile to a mile, then to a mile and a half and then up to two glorious miles. I kept my speed sort of intentionally slow at first, too, so I could really focus on keeping my form. I say “sort of intentionally” because at first I really couldn’t go any faster. Gradually, though, this running style has started to feel easier and I’ve started to pick up the pace a little. This morning was my longest and fastest run to date at three miles with an 8’17” pace and it felt absolutely wonderful!! When I walked back in the door afterward, I finally, finally felt like I had gone for a “real” run. It’s been months since I’ve felt like that. Ahhhhhh, endorphins.
So, what of the sciatic pain that’s been plaguing me for months, you ask?? It’s gone. G-O-N-E. Between the Tempurpedic bed, doing the pillow-between-your-knees sleeping thing, the Vibrams and about two weeks of regular ibuprofen I think I finally gave that ol’ pain-in-the-back the boot. Thank goodness!
The plan from here is to continue building endurance before May 22nd. I’m doing three swims, three bikes, three runs and one bike-run brick per week, with very gradually increasing volume that doesn’t even approach race distance except for the swim (I’m already way over swim distance, can you believe it??). But given the choice between leaping back into full volume training which would likely lead to re-injury or showing up on race day and basically gritting my teeth and hoping to make it through, I chose the underprepared but injury-free option.
How’ve you been?? Healthy and happy, I hope. I’ll be spending some time this weekend getting caught up on blogs. I’m also going to spectate at IronHubs’ sixth marathon (plus a 5K for Big Boy and Little Boy) tomorrow. The weather is being uncooperative (100% chance of rain and winds over 20 mph), but his training cycle went exceptionally well and I have a good feeling about a new PR for all three of them!