elisariva

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

Lessons Learned

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One very important pre-workout activity is proper sleep. That did not happen last night. I am not sure if it is Spring allergies or the effects of chlorine from flip turns, but my sinuses have been acting up. I feel fine, no signs of a cold, just stuffy and sneezy. (Boy I sound like two of the Dwarfs.) As a result, I kept waking up because I couldn’t breathe. Getting back to sleep was not hard, but then I would wake up again. So with maybe five hours collectively of sleep I headed to the pool later than usual knowing I was not going to swim my 1,500 time trial. I did swim a total of 2,500 meters with an endurance workout that had a total of 12×100 meter intervals. All but two I was able to come in on 2:05 or better, all on a 2:15 send off. So despite the lack of sleep I was able to hit my target pace for the workout. Either tomorrow or Monday will be the 1,500 trial. I will know when I wake up I guess.

Once again I ran this evening – my first speed interval set since my half marathon race in February. I ran 6 x 400 meters on the treadmill at 6.8 miles per hour which calculates to about 8:49 minute mile pace. I felt strong and wanted to push it up to 7.0, or 8:30, but I didn’t want to put too much stress on my body. Lack of sleep and this the first speed run workout in two months influenced me to take it easy. I want to run my next half marathon in 2:15 or better. I read in Runner’s World Magazine a while back about the “Yasso 800’s” for marathon training. Bart Yasso created a training tool to help determine a marathon finish time. By taking the goal time and converting it to minutes, a runner should be able to complete 10 x 800 meters on that time. For example a 4 hour marathon goal equates to 10 x 800 meters on 4 minute intervals. For a half marathon, I cut the time in half. At a pace of 8:49 I am running the 400 in 2:12. I am building up to 10 and hope it helps along with tempo runs. And finding flatter surfaces for my long runs…

Today was a good lesson for me again in expectations, reality, and rolling with it. I faced a few situations today in training and in other areas of my life that took me down a path I had not expected. Lack of sleep changed my swim workout, later day motivation turned into a good run workout, and reality became very clear in a situation I have been dealing with for far too long.  I will continue to set high expectations, it is the only way I will advance. Sometimes I will surprise myself and exceed my expectations. Sometimes things that are out of my control will change the course. What I learn from it and how I allow it to impact my life is under my control. I know I want to grow, get stronger, and be all I was created to be. And that is unfolding day by day.

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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