Oh, help, what have I sunk myself into here? I’m training for a hilly trail marathon, learning how to swim, and trying to eek out some time to feel more comfortable on my bike. Oh, and did I mention Pilates as cross training? Most days I’m finding myself doubling up on workouts. It’s getting a little intense up in herr (I’m from “Tha Lou”–we are still allowed to say it like that).
My week so far:
Sunday: 12-mile hilly trail run (feeling all right, pretty good even)
Monday: 1 hour swimming, 1 hour intense Pilates (feeling a little beat up)
Tuesday: 1 hour of intense hill training (feeling good, but still beat up)
Wednesday: 1 hour swimming, 1 hour light running (feeling a bit strung out, and beat up–with periodic light muscle throbbing)
Thursday: 1 hr 15 min regular intensity running, 1 hr super intense Pilates
Friday: 1 hr swimming, 2-3 hrs low intensity bike riding
Saturday: Glorious rest
Sunday: 16-18-mile run (heeeellllpppp)
I know that the “beat up” feeling won’t be forever, and that the full marathon intensity will be able to subside a bit after my November marathon (before it picks back up in Spring season), so that I can focus a bit more on getting my bike and swim up to par. Still, I’m kind of worried–can a person keep up this level of intensity longterm without burning out or doing serious damage? I know the cross-training is good, and that it will make me stronger, overall, but, what if I’m just, plain, tired?
Right now it feels like I barely have any muscle left, like the rest has been melted away by too much activity. And all of this can explain why I am exhausted at 9 p.m.
For the past few days, “It’ll get better” has been my mantra. Now I will rest, rinse and repeat it.