You probably didn’t notice but I skipped week 2 because I ran about 18 miles due to wisdom teeth. Anyways, it was depressing but I must got on. Now it’s week three and I am on.
Monday – 11.3 Miles (5 & 6.3) + Jillian Michaels 25 minutes
I woke up Monday determined to start the week of strong. I wasn’t going to let this whole wisdom teeth surgery get in the way. I woke up half an hour early and started Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zone video. I did about 25 minutes of squats, lunges, shoulder presses, triceps and other classic Jillian moves. I tried to return to running. I turned off the incline and kept it slower than I would. I was still concerned for the stitches I had left and didn’t want to do anything to ruin my jaw. After 45 minutes and 5 flat TM miles I gave in. When I got home I felt restless. All those days of no running and I was suffering with just 5 miles. I decided to try a short run at home and did 6.3 miles in 51 miles. 8:05 pace vs. my usual 8:00 pace (on the homemill). I felt much better but I started to feel delayed muscle soreness setting in from Jillian Michaels.
Tuesday – 6.5 Miles 57 Minutes 2 Incline
My run felt absolutely miserable and tough even at a lower incline than usual. My legs were screaming from the squats and lunges. However, I was determined to finish it panting, sweating and dying.
Wednesday – No Running but 5.4 Elliptical Miles instead + Jillian Michaels 45 Minutes
I got on and off the treadmill 3 times in failure. Once to start just to stop in 30 seconds. Got a drink of water and tried again for the second time. Lasted another 30 seconds. I gave up went to the cross ramp elliptical for 33 minutes 5.4 miles in 4 minutes intervals. 13 Incline with 7 resistance and 10 Incline and 10 resistance. I usually skip the elliptical as I find it pretty lame. If it had the arms part I would probably use it more often but otherwise it’s just more cardio for my legs and I think they get enough of that from running. My muscles felt less sore after the elliptical and I decided maybe I could do a mile or 2 slowly on the treadmill. Got on it, started, ran 45 seconds on my third attempt and decided it was time to hit the showers.
When I got home, I felt disappointed in my workout but I knew running was not happening today. Instead I decided that the only way to battle Jillian Michaels muscle soreness is to keep doing it until I stop being so out of shape that I can’t walk for a week from a few squats. This time with no hurry I made it through the whole video. I didn’t keep up with her reps. I took my time instead and did less reps for each move. Two years ago when I was boxing, I used to be able to do this video with ease and I was up to 5 & 8 pound dumbbells. Now I’m on the 3s & 5s. I may be leaner looking from running, but any muscle strength I had is long gone and I’m determined to gain it back.
Thursday – 15 miles total – 7 Miles 59 minutes Incline 2 & 8 miles 64 minutes on the homemill
Okay, I was going to bear and face the treadmill. On incline 2 on the work TM, I usually run between 7.3 and 7.5MPH. However, I knew with how my run was going this week that was not happening. I needed to take it down a notch. My body in combination with my new strength workouts this week were not ready to handle my usual running routine. I started at 7.1 MPH ran two minutes, moved to 7.3 MPH ran 2 minutes, moved to 7.5 MPH ran two minutes and back to 7.1 MPH. That seems to work pretty well for the first 3-4 miles. For the other 3 miles I was mostly running 7.3 and 7.1 in random breaks. It may be slower than I woke like but the miles were getting done and I wasn’t feeling miserable. My week was turning around and I rejoiced! Average pace was about 8:25 (7.2MPH).
The second part of my run in the evening which much better! I ran on my home treadmill – 8 miles at 8 minute pace and I felt like i was back in action.
Friday – 3.35 miles 29 minutes Incline 3
I kept this run short. I usually have Friday as my rest day but I felt weird doing that since i skipped running on Wednesday. I wasn’t going to run but because I sit all day at work I needed to shake out the muscles. I couldn’t get myself motivated enough to run during lunch so I ran after work. Kept it an okay pace with walk break intervals but raised the incline a bit. 8:39 pace. Kept it short as possible to save my legs for the weekend!
Saturday – 10.5 Trail Miles 4.6 Road miles
I know I say this pretty often but really nothing more humbling that switching from roads to trails. I know that other people probably have less difficulty adjusting but I am not a natural hiker. Hiking downhill scares me and petrifies me. You can only imagine what running downhill does to me. I feel like my ankles and hips are sliding and bending all over the place. Trail running really is a full body workout and I love it but my limits and speed is lower than the road. I recently joined TARC – Trail Animals Running Club which has commitments and no dues! They’re awesome and usually a few of the locals get a Saturday run together. It’s early around 8:30 and I know some people are early risers but waking up at 7AM on Saturday is cruel, it’s hard, but I do it anyways because the reward of running a few trail miles with this group is worth it to me. Usually the run is at the fells about 2-3 miles from my house and I get to squeeze in a few road miles to help my self-esteem.
This week the group met up for a run at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield about a 30 minute drive from my house. Luckily some awesome fellow animals gave me a ride there and a ride back. We did one 6.2 mile loop and then another half loop with an extra mile of getting lost. I don’t know if it’s the snow or the trail, but I honestly barely saw any trail markers. Luckily the other people knew the course. 10.5 trail miles in 2 hours. A larger portion of the trail had about an inch of snow and some (but not many places) had a little bit of ice. I learned that running on snow is actually not too hard if you can stay dry, running on ice, best avoided by looking for a snowy side instead. Compared to the fells the trail seemed easier, flatter, and a lot less rocks. I’m hoping to get Tony out there one day when the snow melts. It looked really lovely. I bought a snickers marathon bar with me that I realized I couldn’t eat because it got too hard for my healing teeth in the weather. Bummer!
After getting back to hood, I finished the day with a large dose of a few spoonfuls of sunflower butter and 4.5 miles around the old concrete jungle of my home. It was sunny and 45 degrees with 20 mile winds. I don’t know if it was the trails, or the wind but by the time I was done, I was hungry and tired and ready to rest!
Sunday – 22.2 Miles – 20.1 road and 1.9 Treadmill
From the moment I woke up, got dressed and went out the door, my legs felt like they couldn’t run but run I must. Every mile felt like it was my 20th mile and yet somehow I kept going. I was tempted to stop by my house at mile 13 and then again at mile 16 but I knew if I stopped at home, finishing to 20 would have been nearly impossible. I also had to stop back by the house after 1.5 miles to shed a layer. Once I only had a tee and a windbreaker I felt better but my legs still felt dead. It must have been the 15 miler from yesterday because everything felt heavy. Even though things felt difficult I managed to keep running, and as bad as it was, it never got worse. I kept a consistent 8:40 or so pace while I ran. Granted it’s not the 8 minute miles I usually target but a 20 miler is a 20 miler. It also gave me hope for my 50 miler. Even though my legs will be tired, and I will feel dead of any adrenaline I know that my body and legs are capable of functioning on automatic. Today’s run proved it. I didn’t feel physically or mentally there for the run but it got done!
Week 3 miles – 73
Week 3 feeling – Exhausted – Taking Monday off!