Can’t believe I’m in week 5 of this crazy plan.. the theme of the week is learning to slow down and recover.. generally to go forward and progress you need to take it a step at a time. If you try to skip and go two steps, you’ll be thrown 5 steps back. I’ve had two great weeks (Week 4 & Week 3) but they were high mileage (70s), more high mileage than someone who spends majority of her day butt planted to a desk should be doing. Not only that, but I was keeping up fast interval strong runs instead of getting in recovery miles. I got over excited and tried to take on too much. I loved seeing my average pace rise and rise without a break. While I still believe there’s nothing wrong in having high mileage weeks, I think I should have been taking easier recovery runs. It’s hard to tell yourself to go easy when you want to cram in as much as you can into your free time and feel so strong. Last week and this week (and hopefully not the next) will be the price I am paying for going too hard.
Monday – JM No More Trouble Zones – 45 minutes
I was good, I didn’t run. Did a relaxed strength video. By relaxed I mean while I lifted and did some core work, I skipped over mostly anything cardio looking (not even jumping jacks) and did slower reps while watching something or other on hulu.
Tuesday – 10 Miles 1hr 27 minutes
This is where I went wrong. I should have rested and taken an easy run as I was still sore from the Derry 16 miler. Nothing hurt yet, but I should have logically told myself to go easy. I didn’t. I ran 8 miles on incline 3 at 69:30 and 2 miles on incline 2 in 17:59 for an average pace of 8:39. 8:39 isn’t a fast pace for me but if I use the Incline/pace conversion chart it tells me that I was running at a 7:34 pace.
Wednesday – 15 Miles (7 Miles in 58 minutes & 8 in 65 minutes)
You would figure that by Wednesday I would have grown tired but no. I had plans Thursday and wanted to get my midweek quasi 15 miler in. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I felt a little weary after 7 miles but I decided to finish the 8 miles in the evening nonetheless. I felt great during the run but afterwards things just felt weird and wrong. Not pain but wrong.
Thursday – 5.5 Miles on the Elliptical + 25 minutes of JM No More Trouble Zones
My left hip was completely off. Once again no in pain but definitely out of whack. I stretched and did an easy 33 minutes on the elliptical with some intervals. I hoped and hoped for healing. Did 25 minutes of JM video with abs, lunges, squats and all the fun stuff.
Friday – Complete Rest
Took another day off from running and everything in hopes to prevent any long lasting injury. Sending healing energy to my left weird feeling hip.
Saturday – 21.1 Miles
Come Saturday, I was nervous when my alarm went off at 4:35 but my hip and body felt fresh and ready to run! I’m not going to repeat myself as the race recap is up. Basically the run was 18 miles of trail and 3 miles of road for a total of 21.1 Miles. I didn’t track the time after the race.
Sunday – 10 Miles 1hr 21 minutes
I debated between rest and running. I felt fine and since it was snowing outside, I ran on my home treadmill. Tried to resist the urge of doing intervals. There’s nothing more boring than keeping a constant pace on a treadmill.
Total Miles – 56 Miles
Total Feeling – Scared of injuries and trying to slow down for long lasting running. Now that my left hip is healed, my right knew is acting up. On the bright side while I was low on mileage, I got 2 strength workouts and a long trail run!
How was your week?