Back in June I interviewed Tim Ritchie after the BAA 10k. In the interview, he mentioned that he was going to be starting a three week rest phase, and I was very curious about that. For one thing, it was hard to imagine someone that good taking three consecutive weeks completely off. Giving your body enough of a chance to recover is an important part of training, but also a part that gets overlooked. Here’s an outline of a week in the life of an elite that doesn’t involve running, straight from Tim himself.
This is the week of 7/9-7/15. This is my third consecutive week of rest, as part of my standard time off from running each summer. This is what goes down when running is out of the picture. Nothing too crazy, just getting in the needed rest, physically and mentally after a long Winter-Spring season. In this case, rest means NOT running, minus the one exception you will see on Thursday.
Monday July 9th
8:00am – Alarm goes off after a nice 9.5 hour sleep, bizarre dreams per usual.
8:01am – COFFEE!!!! Chug-Chug-Chug (best minutes of my day…). I usually sit with my cup for a few and give thanks for a new day as I check for important emails and pour over the latest on The Level. Some toast with peanut butter is made and eaten during.
9:00am – Mass at St. Columbkille in Brighton. It’s about a 15 minute walk there, and 15 mins back, and if I really think about it, this time with Jesus might edge out coffee in the end…
10:00am – I do NOT go for a run!
10:30am – Big meeting with some heavy hitters in the world of athletes’ ministry in Boston as we plan out some events we want to host in the fall. I coordinate a ministry for athletes at Boston College and these rest weeks are providing a nice time to plan, reflect and prepare for the fall.
1:00pm – Head to my office at Boston College (where I am the Asst. Track Coach) to get some work done. I do not have a car, so all transportation is bike or walk.
5:00pm – Make some dinner and feast. Despite not running, still eating a ton and packing on the pounds during these three weeks, so I will have something to work with when I begin the next season.
6:00pm – Roomie is home from his boring full-time job and we watch five straight episodes of Homeland on demand to finish off the season. If you have not seen this show, see it. Season 2 begins in September and you do not want to miss it. When it starts we will be watching it every Sunday – come on over. Nothing like on demand to help log the couch miles!
11:30pm – Read other roommate a bedtime story, and hit the sheets, a little later than normal, but that show is so dang good I had to finish it.
Tuesday July 10th
8:00am – Alarm, only 8.5hrs this time.
8:01am – True happiness in the form of delicious black liquid with a little cream. Email, reject Facebook friend requests, Level, tweet tweet.
9:00am – Mass, praying for the Level Legion.
10:00am – I do NOT go running! Nor do I even want to as I start to fry up some eggs, toast my bread and grab the Chipotle Sauce out of the fridge. This sauce will literally change your life (apparently Jeannette and I both firmly believe in life-altering foods). I grab my 2x 2-egg sandwiches, another cup of coffee and I plant myself on the couch to catch up on the Tour de France. Fun to think that these athletes are at their peak right now competing in the race of the year while I am doing absolutely nothing. Love it.
12:00pm – Do nothing.
2:00pm – Some emailing and a bit of work for BC.
5:00pm – Dinner. I am no chef, but I make a mean orzo pasta salad with chicken. Usually yields about one to two billion servings, which will be lunch and dinner over the next two days.
7:00pm – Back at St. Colombkille to set up for the first ‘Let it Rain’ young adult holy hour. This is part of our attempt to unite the Catholic 20-somethings of the Boston/Brighton area. If you are interested holla at us (firstname.lastname@example.org)! All are welcome!
7:30pm – Praise the Lord
9:00pm – Grab a beverage with some people from the holy hour at the local Brighton watering hole. Some good chit-chat with some good people.
11:00pm – Beddy-bye.
Wednesday July 11th
8:00am – Alarm, 9hrs solid.
8:01am – Heaven liquefied. Emails, post funny pic of myself onto my sister’s wall, Level Renner.
9:00am – Mass up the road. Do these 15 min walks count as my exercise for the day? Yes.
10:00am – Think about going for a run. Don’t run.
12:00pm – Up to campus for a bit of work. I only work part time, for all of you wondering why I am never working. Part-time work + three weeks off from running = full time chillin’.
6:00pm – Orzo pasta salad – not quite sick of it yet. Beat everyone at Jeopardy (…). Some guests come over for a nice night out on our back porch as we roast marshmallows over the grille. Not bad ‘City S’mores.’ Good night in good company and my jokes were hit or miss. Porch is always open – the Legion is invited.
With all his couch time lately, I might be able to hang with Tim in this part of his training. Maybe I’ll take him up on that Sunday night offer, especially since I don’t get Showtime! Part II will be coming in the next couple of days, so keep checking back. Also check out Tim’s blog if you’d like to see what goes on in between his Level appearances.