Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Unique Day

I feel good. It's the kind of good that comes from being all caught up on everything. The kind of good that you feel after you've changed the sheets on your toddler's bed and vacuumed under the couch. The kind of good that you feel when you're fresh and energetic and ready to RACE. And it's only Thursday.

I have to say, I'm surprised that I feel so good during this recovery week. I guess I was expecting to feel somewhat lethargic... I expected that it would take longer to eliminate the fatigue I accumulated during my 3 week training camp, but I swear, one easy day and Nalani and I were both good to go at the track on Tuesday morning. And then after a great swim/bike yesterday, I was relaxing on the couch and my foot was just twitching... like I've got all this energy that is just waiting to be spent on Sunday. It's a cool feeling, really.

This morning I put Moana in the jogger and ran her down to her day care. (It's maybe 20ish minutes away if I'm jogging.) I left the jogger there and ran home without it, planning to pick up the pace a bit to 'comfortably hard' during the last mile. I remember when that effort resulted in about 7:45 from the corner to home... lately it's been more like 7:20... today I felt light and fresh and the same effort yielded 7 flat. How cool is that? I love how our bodies adapt to the stresses we put them under.

Anyway, I sit here now and find myself with some quiet free time. Most of the schedules for my athletes have been written, my house is clean, the laundry is folded, and I don't have a bike ride to do today. What ever shall I do with myself? I have a whole hour until it's time to go get Moana. Maybe I'll relax on the couch and read a book. Wow. This is indeed a unique day.

7 comments:

Regina said...

Sounds like an awesome day. An hour of free time is worth it's weight in gold.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Woohoo for having an awesome, fast run! And, hooray for actually having restful time to yourself! I know how rare that is, so I hope you are able to enjoy it to its fullest! :)

Catching up with Jessica said...

I love it I love it I love it! You deserve it! Finally! I was thinking about you today (isn't Thursday the day you try to 'catch up')? Well, you did! Yay for you and yay for awesome training! You are getting me excited and motivated and inspired. OH, and funny you mention your jogger! I was planning on asking you what jogger you had or if you had a favorite. I am shopping for one and thought to ask you first. Good news today-yay for you!

kerrie said...

nice - that taper/rest feeling is a good one! i always think that it requires the most discipline to rest when we are feeling good - and that is usually when you should do it too...cause it is always that feeling good that leads us to overdo it when we don't rest(does that make sense?). And i think that if you are only resting when you are fatigued, it's usually too late.
good luck at your race this weekend!

Katie A. said...

Nice job on the run! Recovery weeks rule - glad you're able to enjoy it :)

Beth said...

Good luck this weekend Michelle! Sounds like you are rip-roaring-ready to go!! :)

Charisa said...

Enjoy! Good luck on your race :)