"We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities." Ralph Waldo Emerson
My own voyage included a little extra recovery over the last few weeks, but all important workouts are getting done. I'm also continuing with the cross-training...spinning and yoga! I also went snowshoeing again, it was beautiful out and I did more climbing than running. Plus, I got a new strength program at the gym. I like changing things up every once in a while and I look forward to officially trying it this week.
Today, I set out to test myself...I had 26km on the program and I am no longer in the Aerobic base training phase, but have entered the Aerobic capacity phase. This phase is designed to help me increase the pace at which I can run aerobically. So I'm expected to run at the high end of my aerobic zone. I was aiming for 6m40s/km (which is 10 to 15 seconds faster than during aerobic base training). The roads and sidewalks were slushy and there were lots of puddles (I felt like I was running the steeplechase)...along with some wet snow. Let's just say that, despite the fact that I wore my Kinvara trail shoes, which at least don't have holes in the sole like my A5's...my feet were soaking wet within a few kilometers!
Regardless, I had slept well and although I didn't eat lots of carbs last night, I felt good and managed to run my 26K at a 6m39s/km pace! That felt really good...I was very proud of myself!
Next Sunday is our Pentathlon...the weather is supposed to be really nice! We're all getting pretty excited and I'm looking forward to this experience as a family :) I'll tell you all about it when we return!