Why am I writing this intro before I do my long run? This is not smart! I want to say things like, “well I think I survived week 5 of NYC Marathon training, but who knows, I might be lying in a ditch at mile 10″ but I want to be positive and not morbid. So, I’ll assume I DID get through my 17 miles, and, by now, it’s out of sight and out of mind.
The week has gone well, running wise at least. Has anyone else noticed that running and life tend to have an inverse relationship? Life is good and makes running suck and then life sucks and makes running good? Just as I spoke about in my series on running and anxiety, running feels easier and makes life feel better when the going gets tough. This week my runs were my respite, and I appreciated that I have that to go to to clear my thoughts, at least partially.
But by the time you read this, hopefully I will be having lots of fun at the beach and running will suck again.
Let’s go over my runs and workouts this week!
Tuesday – It was super muggy and then rained during the second half of this 8 mile run. Thank goodness for the rain! It felt good and I was able to maintain just around an 8 min/mile pace for the middle 6 miles, which would have been tough without the rain. I can’t even remember the last time it rained during a run, it was about time.
My garmin is still acting up in the first mile and throwing the distance off just a bit, about .2. I know it’s dumb but that means I’m running a bit over 8 miles just so it shows on my watch. Silly, yes.
This is when yoga started falling off this week – I just didn’t have time! I was a step behind no matter what I did. I got in about 20 minutes of my own flow with a couple of sun salutes, hamstring stretching, hip openers, and bridge/wheel.
Wednesday – 5 miles nice and easy! I needed a slow run to clear my head and this was perfect as far as easy runs go. The weather was nice too.
20 minutes of yoga, similar to Tuesday.
Thursday – Instead of a second workout this week, I ran an easy 8 miles on a hilly route. This was one of my favorite routes and it was a great run. I’ve noticed that with less yoga, my hamstring is a lot happier. A situation where less is more!
Before bed I planked for 2 minutes and did about 20 minutes of gentle yoga.
Friday – Quick early morning yoga before packing/blogging plus a couple of extra sun salutes. No running. Does Target and Whole foods count as a workout? How about packing?
Sunday – Rest day!
Summary – 45 miles – I increased my mileage this week since it was the week right before vacation – 1 goal pace run, 1 hill run, 5 days quick yoga sessions/stretching. This coming week will be a cutback week since I don’t like the pressure of having to run a lot while I’m away. I do enjoy running on vacation, but like it to be a lighter load that usual.
I bottled my first batch last Wednesday after 7 days (using lots of recycled GT bottles, as you can see!) and even flavored two of them. I transferred them to the fridge on Friday and then started the second batch. They should be good in the fridge for a month! Which is helpful considering I didn’t time this all that well with my going away. But, they will be there, alive and kicking still for when I return 🙂
How was your week of workouts?
If you’re marathon training, what week of training are you on?