Lavaman Training - Week 10

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There's not much to talk about this week since I got sick at the end of last week and have done very little since. I'm still not quite well, but by Saturday I felt well enough to get my butt out the door for a run. Once I was on the mend, my workout attempts were foiled by the terrible coughing fit I had every time I got up. Not cool body, not cool.

Lavaman training week 10
Lavaman training week 10

Even though this week's training was pretty light, I had a few major breakthroughs. First of all my long run (which was suppose to be 1:30 but turned into 1:40 due to my slowness) exceeded my expectations on all fronts. I started out thinking I would just walk whenever I needed to, which turned out to be not that much. I wasn't sure how my sad, congested lungs were going to handle being put to work. They handled it pretty well and I only started coughing when I stopped running. 

One thing that I did before I left, which might have been a game changer for me, was get rid of the field on my watch that tells me my lap pace. Sometimes I get so caught up in the numbers that I psych myself out and talk myself out of running fast or beat myself up for running slow. Not having that information easily accessible made a huge difference! 

Another thing that happened that has absolutely never happened before is that my uphill times were faster than my downhill times. What?!? I was shocked to see that. I think it was mostly because I did more walking on the way home but whatever the reason, it happened and I should be a little excited about that. I also ran up a hill without slowing down or really even noticing that I was going uphill (also something that never happens, I hate running uphill and am insanely slow at it). 

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On my Sunday bike ride, the game changer was putting more air in my tires. Even though my legs were totally and completely done from my run on Saturday, I felt like I was flying on my bike! 

Considering that I'm getting over an illness and this week's training was only two days, I feel pretty good about the work that I did! I'm not sure if it is because I was well rested or because I've just managed to get out of my own way, but I'm really loving the way I feel about training right now.

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Want more lavaman training recaps? Here's my updates from previous weeks:

Week 8&9

Week 7

Week 6

Week 5

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