Here are some things that perplex me, or make me go "Hmmmmm...":
I spend an entire day hiking up and down a mountain, get about 3 hours of recovery, and I have my best speed workout of the season. My legs felt absolutely thrashed as I walked to the workout, but once I started running, my turnover was quick, and I immediately was holding 6:30+ pace. The only way I could describe it is that they felt warmed up from the get-go. The first interval, I felt my legs buckle underneath me a couple of times, but once I got going, I was going fast, I mean 5:45 pace for 3-minute fartleks. In fact, this is not an uncommon occurrence. Often, I have my best runs right after a full day of work, which includes standing on the pool deck for 3 hours. And all too often, I've noticed some damn good races when my legs are feeling a bit fatigued, or when I've had a hard workout, two days prior. I've had a prominent coach tell me that you need to shock the body 1-3 days out of race day so I'm thinking this may be the principal behind this.
I woke up to some major bad attitude this morning, like "I don't want to get out of bed" and "why do I do this" type of bad attitude, and then proceed to push myself mentally and physically to one of my best runs of the season. Is having a bad attitude not as bad as we think?
The more fit I get, the worst the first 30 minutes of every workout feels.
I'm pretty disciplined around food, especially not eating too much sugar or sweets. But in a 24-hour period, I consume a banana split, some almond-filled, berry goodness pastry, and two bowls of strawberry bread pudding. I totally needed it, and actually, I wanted more.
When it rains, it pours. Figuratively, for some reason, I've had lots of random acts of kindness laid upon me this past week, including this sweet kit from Clif Bar. And Literally, it's been pouring rain here, including a major thunderstorm last night, my favorite type of weather.