elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Time for the Heating Pad

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This morning I woke up feeling good and hit the tread mill. I had a great 5 mile run which included 7 x 400 (quarter mile) speed intervals at 7.0, which is about 8:30 per mile pace, for the first 4 and at 7.5 or 8 minute pace for the last 3. As I have mentioned before, I am not fast, so that was a fast set for me. I had a mile warm up, walked 200 in between intervals, and ran a little tempo pace to finish it off. I felt great. My lungs were pushed enough to feel my anaerobic threshold was tested but I didn’t feel fried. With all of the swimming I have been doing at faster paces, I can feel the improvement it is having on my ability to push faster in running too. Bonus.

After I dressed and was ready to leave for the day, my lower back decided to tighten a bit and has been achey. It is the oddest thing, I am not limited at all in my movement or flexibility, I did my weight workout this evening and felt good. I feel the tension when I lean forward, but the further I bend, it goes away. So I am taking some Advil and the heating pad is warming up for me.

An important lesson I have learned is to listen to my body. I don’t want to push it, but I also am not going to wimp out. I have every intention of swimming tomorrow morning – a 3,000 meter workout – but I will pace myself accordingly. Oh, and I scheduled a massage for Tuesday evening. Big Bonus.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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