Monday: 90 minutes spinning, 25 minutes core/stretching, 20 minutes elliptical
Tuesday: 12.4 mile easy run with Hollie
Thursday: 8.11 mile easy run
Saturday: 1.64 mile warm-up, 6.2 mile race
Sunday: 17.27 mile run with Laura
Total Miles Running: 45.6
Total Cross Training Time: 135 minutes
This week was just....a blur. After RNR 13.1 it was nice to cross train at the gym on Monday, and even better doing long easy shake out with Hollie on Tuesday before flying out. Wednesday was a busy day being the first day back at work after vacation as well as my birthday. I ended up taking an unplanned rest day, normally I am all about "Birthday run" but decided "birthday relaxation and family time" was much better idea.
|My sister (left) and I at my birthday dinner, I'm pretty sure my nephew is getting cuter daily.|
Saturday morning I had a 10k race, I went in with VERY specific goals and luckily hit them. My legs didn't feel fabulous but they did what I needed them to do. Recap to follow this week- maybe a little more on specific goals as well.
Sunday's long run was an early morning run with Laura. She is another local runner, and it was our first run together- it definitely helped get my butt out of bed early Sunday morning knowing I had someone waiting for me. The run didn't feel great physically (I couldn't even choke down 1 whole gel), but I got the miles in and we held a good pace so we will leave it at that. I owe this one to Laura for keeping me going.
|Ice bath after long run, first time all year I had to actually bundle up to do it at the air temp was about same as water temp.|
My legs have been holding up well, with mileage, paces, races and even with me being a super slacker on stretching. BUT I don't think I want to test my limits and see if I can keep this up for another 4 weeks and still have the race time that I want.
What does that mean? It mean's I need to be smarter the next 4 weeks. I need to stretch more, and I also need to fine tune my diet.
As for the smarter with training: On my easy runs if I don't think I can hit an easier pace, I will force myself to the treadmill to slow my ass down. I also need to stretch way more, foam roll, and focus on giving my legs better recovery.
Unfortunately this also means I am considering dropping the Rochester Half Marathon from my race schedule. As much as I love this race and it's my home city and all- I don't know if I have enough self control to NOT race it. After coming within 13 seconds of my half-marathon PR last week, I am itching to get after it....but 2 weeks before my goal marathon is not the time to do that. As much as I can say "I will run it at marathon pace", I know that it would be VERY hard for me. It's too easy to get caught up in the adrenaline and excitement of racing. I won't make any decisions until the week of the race, but one way or another I will be at the race (cheering or running).
I also need to get my nutrition on track- between vacation, traveling, eating on the go a lot, MULTIPLE birthday celebration dinners this week- I haven't exactly been watching my intake. No I don't need to diet, no I'm not giving up "treats", I just need to get back into my normal routine.
Do you end up having multiple birthday celebrations?
Are you controlled enough to "not race" a race?
To Run Rochester half or not?