running week of 4/3 and a fun shower story

Race week training/I never know quite how to taper edition. I took off Wednesday because I had some other shit going on and then probably hammered my legs a little more than necessary later in the week. I think one of the reasons I keep falling apart at races is that I have unrealistic expectations. I’m not as strong or as fast as I think I am so I run harder than I should during the taper.

Monday: weights + I SWAM LAPS OMG. 1000 yards, which I know isn’t much for a real swimmer but it’s kind of a lot for someone who hasn’t done a single lap in at least two years. I can’t even remember the last time I was in the lap pool. (But the last time I blogged about it, I only had one child!)

I didn’t hate it!

What I did hate was stepping out of the gym shower (which by the way, runs at a trickle and has a single temperature setting: scalding hot) to find that my towel had fallen off the hook and was now sopping up public shower floor water. No more towels in the locker room, so I had to use the one small dry corner of my towel to try to dry myself, wondering what kinds of shower filth and foot fungus I had exposed to my naked body.

Tuesday: 8 @ 9:13. 
Wednesday: Off.
Thursday: weights + treadmill 3 @ 9:05. Wind and rain and just…nah.
Friday: Some halfass ab/leg stuff + 2 @ 9:52. Slight overkill? I wanted to do a shakeout before my race but it made me feel tired and I probably should have skipped it.
Saturday: Indy Miler Training Series 10
Sunday: REST

Total: 23 miles

Question: Does showering at the gym skeeve you out? I do it only when absolutely necessary, and never without flip flops. I have no reason to believe my gym is swarming with disease but there’s just something gross about puddles of water when it’s not from you. Like, I always imagine it’s all pee.

Couple things:

  • I am still doing the burpee thing on my weightlifting days. They are not feeling any easier yet.
  • My knee is no longer bothering me, so that’s good.
  • Next race: Pride 5k May 20.
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4 thoughts on “running week of 4/3 and a fun shower story

  1. I hate showering in a gym; I only do it if I absolutely have to.

    I also hate swimming. The last time I swam regularly, it was for preparing for a triathlon and frankly it didn’t help because open water swim is nothing like swimming in a pool.

  2. I usually try not to touch the walls or curtains when using a public shower. Also, the Chicago Park District offers SUPER cheap lap swim memberships ($13/month, although the hours for lap swimming are very limited) and most of the locker rooms haven’t been updated (or cleaned?) since the 70s, so I don’t even like changing in there let alone showering (shudder). There is one park district building that is only a couple years old, and therefore the showers look decent, so I’ll do a rinse-off. (They’re all BYO everything – towel, soap, etc, and I’d rather towel off and head home to my shower that is probably disgusting but at least it’s my filth.)

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