Bayshore Week 6: Recovery

14 weeks out from Bayshore. After running 24 miles at Ragnar, Coach set this up as a recovery week. I am glad he did because I think those miles took more out of me than I initially thought they did. I was definitely feeling a little tight in the beginning of most of the runs and just feeling like the “easy” miles were harder than they should be.


  • Planned: OFF
  • Actual: OFF/Travel

Before Monday, I thought I wanted to run in the warm weather before I left Key West and was kind of sad it was a rest day. After a late night of shenanigans on Sunday night, I was happy for another day of rest and glad that my only exercise looked something like this…

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  • Planned: 45 min Easy Run + Yoga
  • Actual: 5.35M @ 8:32 pace + Hot Vinyasa Yoga

After two full rest days, I was hoping my legs would be fresh and springy. Not so much. Walter and I went out for a run after work and even though it wasn’t that cold, I never felt like I warmed up. I just felt blah almost the whole time.

I changed after the run and went straight to yoga. Being in the warm room was just what I needed and I FINALLY held a headstand for a solid amount of time! It was that crazy feeling of it just magically happening after trying for so long. (Of course I also tumbled backwards out of one and fell on my arse too…)


  • Planned: 45 min Easy Run + Yoga
  • Actual: 5.5M @ 8:27 avg. 

Walter and I went for a run at lunch and it started just as sluggish as the day before. Finally around mile 2, things clicked and I felt much more like myself again.

I knew I wasn’t going to make my normal evening yoga class because I had a hair appointment, but I hoped to make a late afternoon class at the gym. When the time came around to go, I was feeling sleepy and sluggish and decided to skip it for some rest.


  • Planned: “Light tempo” w/3M @ tempo on feel + Light Strength
  • Actual: Treadmill run, 7.15M @ 7:59 avg. w/ tempo: 7:16, 7:14, 7:09 + stretching

I think that last year I would have taken this run outside. It was cold (~10* w/25 mph wind) but really sunny. This winter I just don’t have the same tolerance for those cold and brutally windy days. And thanks to Netflix, I don’t hate the treadmill right now. Although, when my blue tooth headphones died less than 5 min into the warm-up, I wasn’t really stoked. The tempo miles felt comfortably hard and it was nice to get some turnover back into my legs again.

I planned to warm-up with strength stuff before the run, but realized 10 min into the warm-up that I forgot. Then after the run, my legs felt tight, especially my hamstrings so I used the time to stretch a la Amanda’s tips instead.


Friday morning spin felt really good…just enough of a workout to sweat, but not enough to fatigue my legs. And finally I did almost the whole strength workout (minus pistol squats…running short on time) and wasn’t sore the next day! Progress!


  • Planned: 1:30 Run
  • Actual: 11M @ 8:24 avg. (treadmill)

This was hard. I probably could have run outside, but with the crazy wind and cold temps, I just wasn’t feeling it. Jenny and I met at the gym to run “together”, which definitely helped, but I was not prepared for how hard this would feel almost the whole time. I like to think maybe (?) the new treadmills weren’t calibrated properly and I was running faster than I thought? From the looks of this video…I am guessing that was actually NOT the case. Why do I always feel like I am running way faster than I look?

This was during the last mile of a treadmill PDR. Credit goes to Jenny for the video (I didn’t even realize she was back there!)


  • Planned: OFF/Yoga
  • Actual: 1:15 Hot Vinyasa Yoga

One of my most favorite things ever might be Sunday morning yoga then a full day of relaxing. The class felt amazing and I held another long headstand!!

The only other time I left the house all day was to take Walter to the Blood Drive being hosted at our vet’s office. He met all the criteria to be a donor, but ended up testing positive for an antigen that makes him not a good donor. He was still very proud of his bandanna and treat bag.

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  • Run: 29 miles 
  • Cross Training: 1 spin class
  • Strength: 1
  • Yoga: 2 classes
  • Treadmill runs: 2 (total treadmill runs = 9)

About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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5 Responses to Bayshore Week 6: Recovery

  1. Way to go with the headstand…twice! I’m not close…but that could also be because I haven’t been to a real yoga class in a few months 🙂 Sounds like a good week to get back into things and recover from Ragnar. I always think comparable paces feel harder on the treadmill than outside, it’s one of the reasons I hate doing any kind of speed work on the treadmill!

    • Corey says:

      I have been back at yoga for maybe 5-6 weeks at least 1-2 times a week and the headstand just wasn’t happening. And then…all of a sudden it did! It is such a cool feeling!! And I agree about the treadmill!!

  2. elizabeth says:

    omg WALTER! i didn’t even know dogs could do that?!?! obsessing with yoga, too.

    • Corey says:

      Me either!! They called me Thursday night and asked if we were interested. Requirements are 55+ pounds, less than 7 years old and not on any medication. I thought it would be good karma in case the boys ever need blood someday!

  3. Boo treadmill runs! I like that you’re getting in so much yoga – that’s going to be so beneficial down the line as the mileage ramps up!

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