Not really. It’s not *that* bad yet. I did finish week zero on my recovery plan yesterday. 30 minute tempo run worth 3.3 miles to finish out the week at 12.3 miles. Was it “fun”? Well, I’ll put it this way – at least I didn’t need to force myself out of the door.
Not to say that I wasn’t delayed. Just as I had picked up my bag and was getting into my car, the earth moved under my feet! EARTHQUAKE!!!! Rock n’ roll! Woo hoo! No worries. Everything is fine in the Jones house. We were about 150 miles or so from the epicenter, so while the rocking was severe, it wasn’t catastrophic. It was more like being on a large ship on rough seas. The chandeliers were swinging like grandfather clock pendulums, and a couple things fell from shelves, but all of my San Diego friends had it a whole lot worse.
I know I’ll hear from a lot of folks that we can have our earthquakes. To be honest with you, I’ll take them. The problem with most natural disasters is you know they are coming. The anticipation is more often worse than the event itself. With an earthquake, it’s here. No announcement. Then, most of the time, it’s over before you realize what’s happening (yesterday was a little different – we probably experienced 15 to 20 seconds of severe shaking). The biggest difference is that we need to be prepared *before* a quake hits. We can’t wait until the NWS tell us that an event is imminent before we stock up on water and batteries. For the most part, we are built to withstand events like yesterday’s. Anyone who lives through a hurricane in the Southeast or a tornado in the Midwest suffers much greater damage than we do in all but the most severe quakes. And to put things in perspective, yesterday’s quake was larger than the quake that ravaged Haiti.
So, now that that is over, I’ll be back on the trails today. This week’s plan:
Monday: 3 easy miles. Some stretching and core work afterwards.
Tuesday: Back to the track for the first time in a while. 1 mile warm up, 4X400 intervals at 10K pace with 400 rest, 1 mile warm down for a total of 4 miles
Wednesday: Erg 30 minutes. Some stretching and core work afterwards
Thursday: Mile repeats. 1 mile warm up, 3 X 1600 with 400 rest at HM pace.1 mile warm down for a total of 6.75 miles.
Saturday: 7 easy miles
Sunday: 30 minute tempo *or* 30 minute erg. My choice.