Back into the swing of things

I’m home after a much too short, but very much needed vacation to Walt Disney World.  My average day there looked something like this:

10 am: wake up

10:30 am: get out of bed

11 am: have breakfast

11:30am – 1:00 pm read a mindless brain candy book in a lounge chair by the pool

1:00 pm: have lunch

1:30 pm: stroll to the pool bar for a maragarita

1:30 pm-3:00pm: sip margarita, read book in lounge chair

3:00 pm: stroll to the pool bar for another margarita

3:00 pm-4:00pm: sip margarita, read book in lounge chair

4:00 pm: return to room and shower

5:15 pm: have relaxing dinner

7:00 pm: arrive at theme park

7:00 pm-11:00 pm:  enjoy rides (and fudge) at theme park

11:00pm-12:00 am: watch stupid TV in hotel room

12:00 am: sleep

Yes, I could definitely get used to that.  After about 4 days of my newly adopted lifestyle, things started to catch up to me.  Without going into too many details, I got a bit constipated.  So, I headed out on Thursday morning for a short run just to get things moving a bit.  I felt sluggish, but ran at race pace for about 1.5 miles.  Then, the family rented a four person surrey bike and we biked about 3-4 miles.  I guess that counts as cross training.

I did 6 easy miles after arriving home on Saturday and another 6 on Sunday.  That got the kinks out for today’s speedwork.  The plan was for 4 x 1200 m at I pace (6:24 min/mile or 1200 m in 4:49) with 600 m jogging recoveries.   Here’s how it went:

1200 m in 4:38

1200 m in 4:38

1200 m in 4:43

1200 m in 4:46

Thankfully, I finally convinced myself to hold back at the beginning of the last two, making them somewhat bearable.  I was pretty tired at the end of the last one, but held onto a feeble jog for about 200 m before recovering enough to look somewhat respectable for the mile or so back home.  This workout was eerily similar to my last attempt, so I think it’s safe to say that I didn’t lose any fitness over the vacation.  There are no R pace runs this week (only T pace and I pace) and I even get to repeat this same workout on Saturday!  Woo ha!


  1. i’m glad to see you resumed regular training easily… i’m starting to think my whole week is shot. but i’m doing a good job of not being hard on myself about it.

    sounds like an excellent week to me! glad it was a good trip, travels were safe, and the return to running is going well.

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