It has been a loooong time coming! Back in September, I was going to write a post about how I'd gone to Australia to visit family and friends during my off-season and how I did some pre-base workouts on the beach. In the beach picture, you'll see the friendly dog that decided to join me for some "300m" runs. Have you ever tried to do a 300m run on a beach, with no distance markers? It's kind of funny but mostly awkward. Luckily, I went somewhat early (9am counts as early when you're on vacation), and no one was around to watch me run in a straight line for some 50-odd seconds.
My off-season was wonderful! I was only in Toronto for about 2 weeks of it, before I jet-setted off to Australia for the remainder of it. While I was there, I hiked 6 National Parks (including a Volcano, which had been on my bucket list) and visited one of the oldest wineries in Australia - from the 1800s. The volcano was inactive, so I will need to find an active one to hike at some point...
I was going to write about that, about how I was feeling, dealing with the tightness, dealing with my emotional freakouts.. but somehow the time passed and I never made the post. I would remember at the oddest times, and evidently, did not do the post.
After what seemed like forever, my calves let me return to somewhat normal training - but I was behind. I felt out of shape after over 2 months without running. I missed a lot of the longer interval running, the type of running that is my weakness. So when I jumped back in with my training partners, I felt behind and I was struggling to complete the workouts. Not only was I struggling physically, I was struggling mentally. I was comparing my times from workouts of this year, to the workouts I had done last year. I'll tell you right now, not the best thing to do after only 1 week back on the track.
Now, my emotional freak-outs are less frequent. I'm feeling strong in the gym, and on the track when we do speed work. I'm trusting in the program, the training, and that I will get to where I need to be.
And the beautiful thing about track, is that you get stronger with every day, and every workout.