New Year Round Up
Wow! It has been a while since I posted! Early December I had a very long blog post written (and I thought saved!) about Quadzuki and how I faired. When I went back in to fix a few things my post was gone and so was my desire to rewrite everything so here is how Quadzuki went: good. I faired very well and had no issues with my foot or anything else for that matter. Whew! I dodged a bullet I think. I should mention too that Christmas was a little rough for my family this year. Our sweet pup Rocco had to be taken to the Animal Hospital ER on Christmas Eve. After 3 days in critical care we had to make the decision to put him down. Possibly the hardest thing I ever had to go through and I miss him everyday.
Now it is 2 months later and some things have changed. I am still doing well. No injuries or nagging foot pain to report. I am still HR Training. I'm kind of experimenting on myself with new approach to training and still have questions about things. Makes me kind of wish I had a coach for this, and in fact looked into one. I met a woman at one of the many trainings for coaching that I took. She mentioned to me that she coached in the Maffetone method so I contacted her. First I just contacted her with questions I had but then thought I should just have her coach me. I think she would have done a great job because I feel she is a pretty capable coach but let me tell you coaches are expensive! I just could not justify the expense with 1. my moving my own coaching business to online only 2. my charging way too little for my own coaching business and 3. I am not a competitive athlete and trying to tell my husband I need to spend $250/mo on this was going to go nowhere. Like I said I think she is a very capable coach and I probably would have done well with her but I couldn't.
I'm doing things on my own still and currently listening to the Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing by Phil Maffetone. There does not appear to be an actual audiobook of this so I have been having Google Books read it aloud to me. Imagine if your microwave had a voice. That is the exact voice Google uses to for it's "Read Aloud" option. It's not too back but it does try to read pictures. I also have listened to Primal Endurance by Mark Sisson and Brad Kearns. I tried physically reading the book several times and only made it in a few chapters. I decided audiobooks are the way to go from now on. I have very recently started keeping track of my HRV (Heart Rate Variability). I kept meaning to track my HR every morning upon waking but kept forgetting. As I was listening to Primal Endurance they talked about HRV and how it seemed to be a better indicator if you are recovered than just HR. I'm trying it out. We'll see how it goes. There are a couple months of base building it looks like.
One nugget I did find out from the coach I contacted is that I probably need to run a little bit more during the week to see more HR Training improvement and I also need to do a much longer warm up before I do a MAF Test. I have actually halted my attempts at MAF testing because I already suspected I was doing them wrong once I read that your splits should be getting slower. I'm working out a schedule now. The training should be intuitive but I need to have some kind of appointment with myself or else I'll wait too long and rush out the door after the Wendy Williams Show.
Remember when I said I moved my own coaching business to online only? That is something else that happened in the new year. I really just want to be able to focus on my running but more importantly my family. My husband and kids have sacrified a lot for mom to pursue her dream of creating a awesome running community. Which I did it. I met and formed friendships with many awesome people and in turn those people made great connections with others in the community. For a couple of years there it was pretty good but the time came to focus on me and my family. I'm started from the ground up and despite a few days where I doubted the progression of things it has actually been wonderful. I am home most nights now and guess who's doing most of the cooking?!? Stupid InstantPot put me in the drivers seat on that one.
Anyway that is what has been going on. Tonight for dinner Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs w/Cauliflower Rice.