Marathon Training: Week Nine

This week started out with a 21-hour travel day to Europe for a short tour.  I’m sure my days got a bit mixed up due to the extreme time change and travel time.  But, I decided to try and stick as close as possible to my regular schedule, with a variation or two, due to some pretty rigid logistics.  Here’s the story for Week Nine:

Sun – 11-27-11: Limited weights at the hotel gym in Katowice, Poland.  (Free form… but more sets with fewer movements.)  Got pretty sore form this one!

Mon – 11-28-11: 30 min on cross-country machine after the show tonight.

Tue – 11-29-11: Early morning tempo run in 32 degree weather.  Knocked out a 5-miler, but was disappointed.  Just couldn’t get my wind together this morning… felt like someone was standing on my chest for most of it.   So it was a struggle to even stay under 9:00-per, to be honest.  Not sure why.  The climate?  The elevation?  Starting too fast?  3 hours of sleep last night?  Who knows? (Had to delay my usual Tues. weight workout by a day for logistical reasons, but also cause I was still sore from Sunday’s workout!)

Wed – 11-30-11:  After a show in the Czech Republik last night and a full travel day today, wound up in a small town in Germany late this afternoon.  Workout #1 – Ran 5 miles, between two villages.  Beautiful conditions… the air smelled like “Holiday Spice” Christmas candles.  However, I left at dusk, but by the time I got to my turnaround point and started heading back, it was almost pitch black.  It was a bitch to find my way back to the hotel.  Workout #2 – A nice late-evening free-form weight workout at a place called In Fit.  Nicely equipped, with some really different machines.

Thu – 12-1-11: This week’s day off. Played in Mannheim, Germany tonight.

Fri – 12-2-11: Free form weight workout in Katowice, Holland.  Forgot the name of the health club, but it was another super clean, well-equipped gym.

Sat – 12-3-11: Knocked out a 10-miler under some fairly miserable conditions; 42 degrees, raining and really windy!  It sucked… and the beautiful treadmills in the hotel spa had me thinking about keeping it indoors.  But – I felt like it was important to suck it up and hit the streets.  I figured we’ll have plenty more of these shitty weather days ahead of us, even in LA.  Plus, I felt like if I could do 10 under these conditions, it will be easier under better conditions later.

This part of Holland has these great bike path/sidewalks everywhere you went, so it was a nice place to run.  I basically ran from one small town to another, and literally didn’t know where I was half the time.  (At one point, I had to ask for directions back to our hotel.)  Overall, I felt really good about the run. I’d never run that far before and wasn’t sure if I could.  But it seemed like all this training is paying off.

BR

Reminder:  I’m running for my favorite cat and dog rescue group and looking for sponsors/donations!  Any size donation is appreciated!  Please visit my donation page here:  http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamKittenRescueLAMarathon2012/fundraiser/BobbyRock

All donations are tax deductible and will really help some animals!  Thanks much…

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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