The first week back left me hungry and tired. All the time. I knew that is was temporary so pushed through. My second week back, I found myself with tight, tight muscles. My calves were killing me and my hips were achy. The new aches reminded me that I shouldn't be doing extra weights workouts anymore. So I cut back on my weight class and am following my coach's plan very closely. I am also attempting to stretch more than normal. (I am a terrible at remembering to stretch so anything is better than nothing.) My workouts have been a challenge but in a good way. I have been doing a lot of high heart rate intervals on the bike and long sets in the pool. Each day, I see my workout and dread it as I know it will be hard, but am finding myself moving faster to get it done than just a few weeks ago. I am seeing progress though am anxious for when these workouts get even longer and harder.
In December I found out I was accepted to the Brooks ID team for my 4th year so a few weeks ago I placed an order for some new shoes. I am going to try out the T7 Racers for my shorter racers this year. Apparently my heavy Brooks Ghosts are not fast shoes. :) I also purchased the new Brooks PureFlow 2's. I haven't worn the Racers yet, but I have worn the PureFlows on a few runs and I am liking the update. I will have a full review on them once I put some more miles on them. So far I am loving my new shoes.
I love that my winner is someone that is local and someday I will hopefully get to run with. Bikeocean, please contact me and I will get you your belt and other goodies from my runDisney Meetup giveaway.