Tuesday, January 17, 2012

three things thursday on tuesday

1. I can't remember the last time that I was physically so in need of a rest day and a recovery week.  I can remember feeling mentally burnt out quite a few times in the past and taking rest/recovery for those reasons, but I can't remember ever feeling this physically drained.  It's a different kind of tired, too - post-race soreness is more sharp from a hard effort, post-long workout soreness is more of a hungry kind of wiped out.  Last week I built up to a pretty big weekend, and when I finished my Sunday workouts, it was all I could do to get food down before climbing in bed.  This is a deep-in-my-muscles kind of exhaustion which makes me not even a little bit antsy (so far) to go swim, bike, and run.  Instead, I want to be nice to my body with warm clothes and water and sleep and cooking real meals again.  I'm pretty sure this is the desired result of a proper block of training.  Let's not examine why I haven't experienced this before any more closely.


2. All the puppies got haircuts this weekend, but Molly is the only one that looks like she did it herself.  Mohawks are in.
3. I'm not going to say that my shins have stopped hurting because if I do, they will start hurting again - that is, if they have even stopped.  So what I am not saying is, my shins have stopped hurting.  But I'm currently in a 2-shoe rotation where every other run gets every other shoe (Newton Lady Isaac and Brooks Ravenna) and my body seems to be pretty happy about it.  I'm spending a lot of time these days doing things to try and make my body happy, including experimenting with my diet as I'm learning that food is not just calories in and out but can actually affect things like inflammation, recovery, and sleep.  Ridiculous, I know, but my investigation so far indicates that it's true.  I'll keep you guys updated to what I find out.


Happy Tuesday!  If you had a long weekend, how was it?  

17 comments:

  1. She's very hair-fashion forward.

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  2. ok that's it, i'm getting a mohawk. ;)

    let me know how that whole eating healthy thing goes. i've been on a damn soup diet with this dumb cold!

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  3. Hooray to sweet, sweet exhaustion! Something finally tired you out!

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  4. Molly's going for the edgey 'do!

    I hope you get to feeling re-energized soon my dear! Training burn out is never fun. :(

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  5. What if you wore one type of shoe on the left foot and the other type of shoe on the other foot and then rotated that way as well. That would be like having 4 pairs in the rotation......

    Oh, eating healthy is the greatest recovery product if you can even eat. There are those days when you want to be a 1 year old again and have it all purified so you don't have to chew.

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  6. Molly still looks pretty. :) I have have trimmed Cooper on my own b/c he has these "feathers" on his coat that get a little out of control.

    Enjoy your recovery week!

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  7. Hope you enjoyed the rest day and the rest of your rest week!

    For your next family photo maybe you all should get mohawks?

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  8. Oh yes - the feeling of complete exhaustion. I remember when training for the 50 miler being confused as to what my body needed when I felt drained. Sleep? Food? Water? Sugar? Caffeine? I would usually try all of the above until I came to the realization that it just wanted a time-out. You are smart.

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  9. "food is not just calories in and out..." Sing it, sistah! :) Maybe I can help with more of those discoveries...

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  10. i felt that way after every single build cycle. I was never ever ancy until taper. And then after ironman I had no desire to swim bike or run for a very long time. in fact, i still havent gotten into the pool. woops.

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  11. Congrats on an awesome build cycle - you did it right! My husband and I were just talking yesterday about that sort of thing and I was telling him how much I loved how hard I would sleep during IM training, I'd be asleep within minutes and wouldn't wake up until the alarm. I agree on the mohawks - Miles has a perpetual faux-hawk that will never go away. HAPPY RECOVERY WEEK TO YOU!

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  12. Awww, Molly is stylin with her faux hawk!

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  13. 1) I'd love to tell that what you are feeling is abnormal and that something needs to change, but it sounds like things are going perfect! That said, one you have a cut back week and it doesn't help, then maybe it is time to back off for a couple days. I had a really tough 3-week cycle during my plan that the recovery week did nothing for. I was burned out. I took the next 3 days or so at a much lower intensity than scheduled and was back to "normal" after that.

    2) At least it isn't a mullet.

    3) I'm glad your body is happy.

    PS: I sent you some WP info via email. Hopefully I sent to the correct email address. If you don't get it, let me know.

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  14. Whoops! Never left a comment for this post.

    COMMENT!!!

    and PUPPIES!!!

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  15. Definitely let us know how changes in what you eat affect you. Sounds like things are going really well for you if you got to that point of feeling like you need recovery!

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  16. Enjoy your rest! Sounds like you earned it!!!

    Your puppies are the cutest!

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  17. Enjoy your recovery week to the max girl. Are you getting lots of sleep? That can be just as important as diet in recovery.

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