I am still in Santa Barbara, and the weather, so locals tell me, is spectacular, even for this coastal paradise. It is sunny and in the low-80s. My overall ability to run is improving, but I am not satisfied with my consistency. This week, I ran only three out of seven days. I can now run two miles, but I need to punch the clock more often. Next week, I intend to run five days, two miles each run. I will do yoga with Megan Z. on Wednesday.
February 7 - 13
January 31-February 6
January 24 - 30
It is my second week of training in Santa Barbara, CA, and I am spoiled for life. This week I ran four times along the Pacific Ocean--1.6 miles a stretch--and it was in the high 60s or low 70s when I did so. As I walked back to my condo from one run, I decided to take photos of all the different flowers in bloom. However, there are so many flowers in bloom that I became concerned that I would get carpal tunnel syndrome in my index finger. I went to the gym twice this week and did some very easy strength training (shoulders, biceps, triceps). While on my way there, I had to side step a Gran Torino and and Aston Martin. I think a Midwestern funnel cloud deposited me in Oz. As for cross training, I only did this activity once, and it really didn't count. My fantastically insightful private yoga instructor focused more on breathing than making me work out hard.
January 17 - 23
I traveled to Santa Barbara, CA this week. I had thought my training would happen without effort, especially since I had come with a new pair of sneakers. And, after all, it is nearly always sunny, and the temperatures allow for runs in shorts and a tank top even in mid-January. However, I had to fight inertia. El Nino brought rain for two days, on Monday and Tuesday, and I then made excuses not to go to the Hyatt's gym. Located around the corner, its staff has allowed me to use this gym for free until 1 March. And even when the sun poured through my windows, as it did for the rest of the week, I found it hard sometimes to get out the door. But, if I was "perfect," I would be a Stepford Wife, and not the interestingly complex woman in recovery that I am! The final tally for this week shows that I took in fact three days off, not one, and did no strength or cross training. I did run four times, and my run on Saturday was a strong 1.5 miles long.
In going over this week's training, I recognized a need to be more calculated in my approach. And so, I have set out an actual schedule for this coming week:
Sunday: Strength - 10 minutes / Run - 1.5 miles
Monday: Day Off
Tuesday: Run - 1.5 miles / Watch video about plyometrics just to plant the seed
Wednesday: Strength - 10 minutes / Run - 1.5 miles
Thursday: Cross - Yoga - 1 hour
Friday: Cross - Bicycle - 1/2 hour
Saturday: Strength - 10 minutes / Run, 1.5 miles