Monday, April 19, 2010

I could use a nap ...

I woke up this morning and really didn't want to get out of bed. Without stepping onto the floor, I already knew how sore I was. I knew that my abs were tight enough to make sitting up a struggle. I knew that my quads were burning. I knew that today would be one of those days that I was going to move VERY slowly. Because, yesterday, I ran 21.53 miles (a new training run distance PR) AND rocked P90X Legs and Back plus Ab Ripper X. Yup, I'm that hardcore.

Or, just crazy.

I bet you're kind of wondering how this all happened. So, here it goes. As you may recall, J, who is training for his first half, and I don't get to run together often. We don't have any family nearby and I can't bear to pay for a sitter, so that we can run. This means when we do have someone visiting (my mom is in town), we try to take advantage of it. So, on Saturday afternoon, J asked I would do his long run with him in the morning. I immediately said, "Sure!"

But, there was a hitch. I had already planned an 11 miler with G and Denise. And I wasn't about to bail. I just figured I would get a quality workout with them and follow it up (immediately) with a recovery run with J, since his pace is a bit slower than mine. PERFECT.

So, bright and early on Sunday, I woke up and met G and Denise for the first half of my run. Here we are before heading out. And yes, G and I are once again wearing matching clothing. We have ESP or something.

Anyway, we ran part of one of my favorite loops from our last cycle of marathon training. The pace was good. The conversation was hilarious. Basically, it was fantastic. We finished the 11 miles in 1:46:01 (9:36 pace). Then I jumped in the car, drove home and picked up J for his run, which was supposed to be 9 miles.

J planned the route and I was just along for support. We started out chatting, but as the miles passed, we became silent partners on a quest to finish. About 3 miles in J stopped to use the bathroom, while I kept circling the parking lot at the baseball field we were running past.

At that moment, I realized that if I added a little extra mileage during this run, I could set a new single day training record (the most I had ever done before on a training run was 20) AND if I hit 21.53 miles, I would have run 40 miles this week, which is something I have always wanted to do and is something I would eventually like to do consistently.

So, that's what I did. Any time I pulled ahead, I would loop back and catch J. And when we were a mile from home (J actually planned a 10 mile route even though he only had 9 on his schedule), I decided to take the longer loop and met J at home. When I got back, my Garmin read 21.53!! Part of me wanted to go run 4.67 miles more just so I could have said I ran a marathon yesterday. But, I think J would have had me committed. I finished the 10.53 miles with J in 2:02:24 (11:36 pace). My total time for the run was 3:48:25 (10:36 pace). And can I just note that my marathon PR is 5:06 and that I was CRUSHING that pace yesterday?

Here I am all smiles afterward.
And I ended the day with P90X, well, because I wasn't about to skip it. Yup, I'm crazy like that.

So, what did you do this weekend?

37 comments:

Liz said...

Wow, maybe you are crazy! That's pretty hardcore, well done!

I ran 20 miles for the first time ever, and that made a 30 mile week for the first time ever! Woo-hoo!!

jamie @ sweatyhugs said...

TMB is a machine! Love it! I ran a little over 4 miles yesterday morning. Gorgeous weather. Getting ready to start week 3 of my 10k training. :)

Carly said...

Secretly, I enjoy doing crazy things like that too. :-)

Tortuga_Runner said...

Because my longest distance triathlon has only been an Olympic distance, I have never rode more than 24 miles at one time on my bike. This weekend I did a 50K ride. 31 miles was totally doable and I am looking forward to doing 40 next. Great job on the run!

Running Diva Mom said...

you are a machine lately! and yeah for a pretty after workout photo and huge smile afterwards!!

Nicole said...

That IS hardcore. I never do a hard run and P90X legs back to back. How much fun is ab ripper X, though?? I hate it, but I loooove it. Gotta love Tony.

the dawn said...

YAY 40 miles!!!! Good work! You are beastly!

Courtney said...

You are hardcore! Rock on! I hope you aren't too sore today! I know how that feels LOL

Kim said...

I'm glad you're liking P90X! You ARE crazy! :)

Katye said...

seriously Tonia stop being so lazy! I think you need to learn a work ethic. totally kidding you ROCK!

Steel Springs said...

Wow! That is so impressive. Awesome job!

Stephanie said...

You are crazy!!! but the good crazy! congrats on the great run(s)!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

That sounds like the perfect day! A great run with friends, a run with hubby and then P90x to ice the day. (My abs a killing me from one day of P90x for my cross training!)

I like to hit 40 - 50 miles a week. That's why I miss the cross training time most days. But I am trying to mix it up more.

Barefoot AngieB said...

You are amazing and make me want to push myself harder! Thanks for that ;)
So glad you had a good day!

runningwithsass.com said...

you are a beast! I can't imagine. good job!

Alison B., "Runbuggy" said...

Wow... I'm speechless. I thought I was nuts, but you know what? You make me realize I'm not! Maybe I AM nuts because I'm envious of your energy and stamina. That's pretty awesome. I think my husband would definitely think I lost my marbles if I did P90x after running that many miles. I think it's awesome and this is why I love mom running blogs - if you can do it, why can't I???!!??

momof3 said...

Well, at least we have ESPN, even if we don't have ESP. I love that you ran that far yesterday & looked that strong at the end. And there you go, wasn't that one of our conversation topics a few runs ago... "how does someone get so many miles in one week?" TMB shows us how. Congrats!

So. Uh, about tomorrow's long run ... I KNOW what I'm wearing, let's see if you get the mental message.

Robyn said...

I heart your hardcoreness

Kerrie T. said...

Dude.

fitandfortysomething.com said...

oh my gosh-you are one tough lady.....i am only wish! what a fantastic accomplishment!

Heidi said...

Awesome! I've been doing some double runs lately .. but certainly not followed by anything like the P90X. Hardcore for sure - and maybe a bit crazy ;)

S Club Mama said...

Wow. I think you're crazy! But good job! I hope you take it easy today.

Emz said...

YAY for crazy!!

I LOVE CRAZY!

YAY for the [last photo]big smiles!!

1NYgirl said...

Ahhhmazing. I did Legs and Back and nothing else today and I was dying!
You're and inspiration

Trish said...

You are my hero. There is no way I'm telling what I did this weekend. It was weak. Nuff said!

Sarah said...

I didn't do anything this weekend, but I think you did enough for both of us so I won't feel bad! LOL :) I did run 4 miles today though. And I'm cross=training tomorrow. Maybe I will finally hit up the Power90 DVD we have. Hmmm

Jill said...

Your so awesome and crazy. Way to go and how fun to be able to run them all with someone.

Anabela (Bela) Neves said...

Wow.....YOU GO GIRL! That is amazzing!

MCM Mama said...

Dude, *I* need a nap just from reading that! WTG on the long runs though!

The race I mentioned is the Clarendon Day 10K http://www.clarendondayrun.com/ There's also a festival that day, so you could bring the family up.

Anne said...

No way! I just saw G's comment, seems you have a long run coming up!! You are so freaking hardcore!
Very impressive...you rock :)

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Wow...congrats on your miles today! That is just awesome!

ajh said...

Wow! Awesome mileage! Today -still the weekend - I spectated the Boston Marathon! Awesome fun!

Cynthia O'H said...

You are a powerhouse! Napping is as important as everything else when your body is tired. I need one after every long run.

Shannon said...

That is incredible! Congratulations on the daily and weekly PR!

Marlene said...

Congrats on the new training PR! Great job on both runs. And p90x after that?!?!

jacqueline said...

i admire your determination! you are awesome!

kilax said...

Holy crap. You are amazing. I can totally picture myself doing two runs like that... but P90X to boot? NO WAY! :P