I don’t know about you all, but my training weeks, while different every time, do tend to follow a similar pattern. Speed on Tuesdays, mid-week “long” on Thursdays, long on Saturdays. I often throw in the same types of cross-training on the same days too. I do shake it up a bit from one week to the next–we all should–but you get the picture.
This week I’ve stepped out of my normal patterns and I’ve really enjoyed it. After racing on Sunday, I felt surprisingly good on Monday. To help further my recovery, I took my bike out for an easy hour-long spin that day. Tuesday I hit the pool in the a.m. instead of doing my usual run with friends. In the evening, I met up with some fellow coaches for an easy six miles before the folks in our program showed up for their speed workouts. This was a new route with people I’ve never run with before (thank you D. and M.).
Wednesday and today also took my out of my norm and tomorrow–well, tomorrow I am going to a new yoga/Pilate’s fusion class. Being the world’s most inflexible person, this should provide some comic relief to my fellow classmates.
It’s good to break up the routine now and again, both for the mind and especially for the body. Your muscles need to continually be challenged if you want them to give you returns. For an OCD creature of habit like me, it doesn’t always come easily. Have you tried anything new this week?