I have a love - hate relationship with cross - training days. When they are inserted in my training week, they are by the time that my legs have flat out rejected me; they are craving rest and yet I cannot provide it. Today was my XT day. By time I've finished 30 minutes of my cardio session, I'm dying for it to be over with. I look over at the treadmill and want to pound at it with all my force. My knees will not appreciate the feeling. So, instead, I will stick with my 1 hour and 15 min BOREDOM and await for the freedom of the wind in my face tomorrow morning....hoping that its sun will peek its head.
In a meanwhile, a burrito and a diet pepsi after my workout will do me good. How graduate school has changed me.
Today's Workout: 30 minutes mod. cardio on elliptical, 20 minutes on stairmill (mod), 25 minutes light - moderate.
One more semester. That's all I need to finish up this drudgery of now unnecessary work. I am so ready to be cut loose and be part of the clinic 100% - not just half my foot in the door. I also want time to place running back in its level of priority.
And it's been so a trend for the past week +. Tired, almost feverish, unable to wake in the morning, but able to run the mileage needed. But by 9:00pm or earlier, I can already see myself crawling into the bed, moaning with happiness with my head on my pillow, and smiling at the deliciousness of the covers over me. On the bus on the way back home today, I slept and almost convinced myself when at home that I would do the same. But no...I challenged myself and went from the run I needed to do. F-ing awesome job!
Today's Mileage: 8.5 miles @ 8:07 min/mile pace
And now, as I write this, I feel totally zonked...the bed approaches faster and faster.
Liz the Runner has been ousted, my friends! Yes, I am the girl you can count on to run a ridiculous amount of mileage per week. However, last week, everyone else was doing the mileage for me as I sat on my student butt and did papers on Cuban health policy and studied for Orthotics. I would log on to Facebook and I would hear friends say, "I ran 18 today! I ran 19...BLAH BLAH" Walt would say, "I'm glad I'm resting." But I was trying to grin through my jealous grin. How I wanted to be out there pounding the pavement! Especially after I treated myself with a new running toy - a GARMIN. I've lovingly renamed it "A Rabbit's Best Friend, " because it is. Today it basically yelled at me for running too fast. Actually, I set the virtual partner for a slower pace than I should be running (8:30 pace). Boo on that! But imagine my thrill. Hitting the pavement in 40 degree weather with the dawn just breaking. Sexy. Awesome. Powerful. But it makes the rest of my day seem like nothing. And makes me look forward to the rest of it...
Today's Mileage: 8.25 (1 hr 10 minutes)
Today's Message: That L knee feels like its about to pop! Need to do some strengthening + stretching tonight while watching Heroes.