After two days off, I was ready to get back in the pool this morning. I did an easy workout – only 1,500 meters. But it sure felt good to be in the water. When we got to the pool every lane had one swimmer. As I looked for which lane I was going to ask to join, I noticed one of the guys swimming still had the temporary tattoos on his arms and calf from the race. Instead of body marking with a Sharpie, Rev3 uses temporary tattoos. One more nice thing about the organization. He was finishing at the same time and we talked a bit about how to get them off. I used packaging tape as the instructions indicated. It took several tries and some oil, but I got it off. He said it didn’t work as well for him. I guess as a woman, I will do anything possible to remove my age from my right calf before I walk around for days displaying it…
Even after resting two days, my legs were still feeling the fatigue in my quads. This evening I had a 45 minute easy run scheduled. Despite the soreness in my legs, it was a good run. Going for time rather than distance is a new training method for me. Something my trainer added for me and I like the change. Of course I measured the distance, but now I will be able to monitor how much more I will be able to run within the time prescribed while staying in my zone two and maybe a little in the lower zone three range. My legs held up well. Occasionally I would feel the soreness, but it is something I will have to work through. Just being able to run outside without the severe summer heat was so enjoyable. It is still warm, but the air has that crispness that reminds me autumn is quickly approaching.
Getting back to training without a huge race right around the corner is a good feeling. Yes, I am running a half marathon on September 28th, but that is a race in my marathon training schedule. It is a little different and I am actually finding myself thinking “it is only a half marathon…” Oh how quickly perceptions can change. My workouts today gave me energy. I can feel the endorphins bubbling up. There is not anxiety of an impending race and I have moved on from what happened in my race this past weekend. I am truly living in the moment and enjoying today. And on that note – here is some wisdom from Winnie-the-Pooh ~
“’What day is it?’
‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet.
‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.”
– A.A. Milne