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…
- 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.
- Planned: Spin + Strength
- Actual: 50 min Spin Class + Jenny’s Strength Workout
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.
- Run: 29 miles
- Cross Training: 1 spin class
- Strength: 1
- Yoga: 2 classes
- Treadmill runs: 2 (total treadmill runs = 9)