This was an interesting week. It started rough, got rougher halfway through and then ended on a high note. Also for some reason I kept getting cheesey running quotes stuck in my head on my runs. What is up with that? As I said last week, I updated my fitspo board to reflect goals for this week. I have also been forcing myself to use the foam roller more and try to get rid of soreness faster.
Monday: 4 miles outside. Still sore from Saturday’s long run and in danger of dying from heat stroke (yeah, I consider 71 degrees as hot. Plus it was humid!!) I took my running buddy again and we did a lap and some around the golf course. It was painful and slow for me and not nearly fast enough for him.
Tuesday: 6 miles of “speed work”. This was supposed to be 2 miles of warm up with 3 miles of progression and a final cool down mile. I would say it was the slowest speed workout in the history of time. I didn’t have any energy and I was still so sore, put that together with being back inside because I have more control of it and It was just bad. The first and last miles were terrible, but the middle ones were bearable and I just kept thinking “never trust the first mile or the last mile”. Well now I know what that means, I am really beginning to value a good warmup and cool down if only to get those miles out of the way.
Wednesday: 3 miles and then thank god I could rest for a day. I did the three miles, but wasn’t happy about them and then came the other quote stuck in my head “get comfortable being uncomfortable”. Well that is exactly what I did, it was a short 3 miles and I was sore and just wanted to get it over with, but it wasn’t that bad and they passed quickly. Then I was starving and made myself some amazing egg “sandwiches” that I specifically went and bought avocado for.
Thursday: Cross train day. My plan was to take it easy and not get sore. I did 50 push ups, (3) 30 second planks, 25 tricep dips, 25 bicep curls, 50 ab bikes and 50 squats. Ironically the squats were the easiest part and I barely even got my heart rate up, but I could feel them the most the rest of the week. What gives??
Friday: 3 mile return to running. It wasn’t so bad. Once again something to just get the miles in. Felt a lot better than the rest of the runs this week so I was pretty happy with it.
Saturday: 8 mile long run. I got out early and got it done and the weather was beautiful and the snow was gone and I finished it 5 min faster than last week. I am just really happy with how this run turned out. I had the most consistent splits I have had on a run this long, still not perfect but getting a lot closer. Took the coonhound out and he pushed me to run a quick second mile because someone had got in front of us while we went on a little side trail, so then I had to sprint up a hill to pass and get away from another dog. Then the biggest and longest incline had a lovely headwind to it so that was fun. It got a little warm out so I might need to stash water for Ham dog in the future. Then I got home, took a shower and then and stuffed my face with pizza with my patient, runger understanding husband and then went shopping. Well I tried to go shopping. Every other person on earth was also at the mall so I just got in, got the essentials and got out. But I swung through a couple drive throughs and got some iced coffee and mac and cheese for dinner since I was on my own and went home and snuggled with my doggie and relaxed.
Sunday: Rest day Hallelujah!! I did manage to foam roll and stretch on Saturday so I actually felt pretty good. And since A was working and Hemi slept in because of daylight savings and being exhausted from the day before I slept in, then just relaxed all morning and wished every day could be like this.
I am really excited for the upcoming week because I honestly think I am getting stronger and recovering faster. Frankly I really do look forward to my runs a lot more than I used to, and that is really exciting to me also. This time next week I will be halfway through!!!