"Never lose sight of this important truth, that no one can be truly great until he has a gained knowledge of himself, a knowledge which can only be acquired by occasional retirement."
Johann Georg Von Zimmermann
After two intensive weeks of training, today begins a recovery week. Considering the fact that I am now dealing with the post-prednisone "down", let's just say that this recovery week is well timed. You will notice that I put a "Prednisone sucks" widget in my side-bar with the number of days I've been off prednisone tallied beneath the image. It's been almost two years since my longest number of days off prednisone, which was 143 days. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a nice long stretch. There are three things in life that I have a love/hate relationship with: Cars, computers and prednisone! All three, for different reasons, are valuable and necessary to me, but I wish they weren't :)
Despite the fatigue, this week was another good week, which included a spinning class and a yoga class, plus lots of running. As mentioned, today was the start of a recovery week, so my long run was just 16km ;) Usually, I complete all my long runs using a 10 min. run/1 min. walk ratio. I have always used this method, and when coming back from an injury I would even go 5/1. However, my runs during the week are all done non-stop and are getting longer. So...today I decided to try and complete my long run with only two one-minute walk breaks when it was time to take a GU. It actually went really well and I was super proud of myself. The difference in pace is less than 10 seconds per km and since the mileage was lower than the last few Sundays, it's not a huge difference. I may try it again next week for longer mileage and without the prednisone "down" and we'll see how it goes. I'm testing out this new fitter body and stronger mind :)
Today was a beautiful day for a run outside...still cold, but nothing like last week and the sun was shining brightly (temp felt was about 0°F and rising). There were lots of people out ice fishing and I couldn't help myself from stopping for a minute to take a photo :)
Winter in Québec!
Enjoy the Superbowl everyone! Even here in Québec, chicken wings were on display all week!