My Perfect Day & My Not-So-Perfect Week
Last week I had just completed several Recovery workouts in the midst of my Half Ironman training. I hit every workout and was feeling pretty positive that I was getting back into a niche of actually doing ALL the prescribed workouts within a week, but then life happened...Again. I will admit that I need to work on time management skills, but I am struggling with finding big chunks of time to train.
For example, on Monday I had planned on doing my "Running Test" after work while my kids were at their after school Running Club. However, I was asked at the last minute if I could help coach and I couldn't say No. Both of my kids are participating in it and it is such a wonderful opportunity for elementary school aged kids to be exposed to the joy of cross country running. Honestly, I am thrilled to be part of it, even though it will tighten up my time. So, after getting out of work late, I ended up just getting a 3/4 mile run with the 4th & 5th graders :-)
Tuesday: Typically, I do my Brick on this day as I am off work. However, I had a Doctor's appointment in the morning and I was volunteering in my daughter's class in the afternoon. I did manage to fit in a 1 hour Bike Test, where I got through 17 miles on a virtual course.
Wednesday: I had planned to do my Brick here, but ended up just getting in 25 miles on my trainer. We had a fluke snow storm here in Maine on Tuesday and the roads were a bit of a mess. I ended up rescheduling my Brick for the weekend.
Thursday: Work/Sick Kid/Husband Out of Town=Nothing
Friday: "I WILL DO MY LONG RUN NO MATTER WHAT!" And...I did it! I laid down 12 miles and it went great! While I was running, it occurred to me that I had not made it to the pool this week...Yikes! I needed to do a swim test, so my coach had data for my next training block. So, I finished my run, made a Protein Smoothie and headed to the pool. I did a 300 w/u, followed by timed 3 x300, then 150 c/d. I had Very Low Expectations for this, but ended up swimming my fastest 300 in a long time!! This was absolute confirmation that I should continue my once a week swim technique class. I had planned on giving it up due to time constraints, but it is really helping! I finished in just enough time to make it to coach running. It was not much fun getting geared up to run again after 12 miles & a swim, but I got it together and made it to the field in time. My joints were aching, so I politely offered to stay in the 'back of the pack" as I ran the 3/4 mile course with the kids. I was in pain, but it was fun at the same time! I love watching all the kids run, play, & just enjoy being outside!
Saturday: Brick Day! Husband out of town, I had not secured a babysitter, & playdates + sleepovers were happening here! So, Trainer/Treadmill time! I reluctantly managed 45 miles on my trainer, getting off several times to: get the kids breakfast, break-up sibling squabbles, let the dogs out, put laundry in the dryer... Then, 2 painful miles on the treadmill. I was so sore from my long run the day before and really felt it in this short run. However, I finished 15 minutes before my daughter's playdate arrived! SCORE!!! :-)
Sunday: This was the day I had rescheduled my Running Test, I could have done it earlier in the week, but did not want to do it on the treadmill. My husband was back home and I planned to do it in the morning and swim in the afternoon. I started to get ready, then noticed the umpteen loads of laundry to be done, the pile of mail on the kitchen counter, my 2 big dogs eager to go and play, my kids glassy-eyed on electronics, etc. There was no way I could leave the mess for my hobby. I had strategically crammed in 6 hours of workouts in the past 2 days, my joints were aching & my heart was not in it. Time to revamp the day! I emailed my Coach and told her the Running test would be done next week and she totally understood! I started to tackle the laundry and began to daydream a bit about my perfect day where exercise would be my profession :-) Here is what it would look like:
My Perfect Day:
8am: 6 to 8 mile Run
10:30am: 1,800 yard Swim
12:00pm: Prepare a Fabulous photo worthy lunch filled with protein & greens...post on Instagram & Blog with tons of kudos!
1:30pm: 1 hour Yin Yoga where I am able to hold a Headstand for a prolonged period of time (again photo-worthy, of course).
3:00pm: Herbal Tea & a bit of meditation before the kids get home
5:30pm: Serve the family a lovely well-balanced meal where the kids ask for a second serving of their wilted spinach & tomatoes sauteed in coconut oil.
9:00pm: Everyone is asleep, except me, so I do 15 minutes of Core Work, then transition into 15 minutes of Stretching Yoga Poses, followed by Foam Rolling.
10:00pm: Lights Out!
So after daydreaming about my "Perfect Day" I took the dogs to run on the beach and they were so happy! After that, the kids and I went swimming and I managed to sneak in 1,500 yards while they played! :-)
That is my week & a brief summary of my perfect day! A girl can dream right?? What would your perfect day look like? Were you able to fit it all in this week, if so how? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please comment below! Have a Great Week!!