After last week’s not so great 18 miler and a very cranky left glute, I wasn’t sure what to expect for the week. Work took me to Birmingham, so several of my workouts were back in Alabama.
- PLAN- 8 miles easy 7:50-8:50
- ACTUAL- 8 miles easy avg 8:38
I really love the loop I do around Piedmont Park. I finished with even more glute pain, which had me pretty concerned. I scheduled a massage for Friday and did what I could do with my trigger point ball and foam roller.
- PLAN- spinning
- ACTUAL- flywheel, weights (arms, chest, back, abs) and hip/glute work
Early morning flywheel, drove to Birmingham with Olive and worked, and had time that evening to do some free weights at the Aloft gym. I really wanted to focus on my hips and glutes since they seem to continue to be an issue for me.
- PLAN- 8 mile tempo. 2 easy, 4 at 7:00-7:20, 2 easy
- ACTUAL- 8 mile tempo. 8:51, 8:34, 7:15, 7:21, 7:13, 7:13, 8:26, 8:21
I love running on the I hit my goals but it wasn’t pretty. I just couldn’t get in a groove. I had to stop several times to catch my breath and drink my nuun. I was also still stuck in, “this isn’t fun, last Friday sucked and maybe you aren’t cut out for marathons.” I’m always one for honesty, and they can’t all be happy go lucky runs. This was one of those days.
- PLAN- 6 miles easy
- ACTUAL- 6 miles easy avg 8:39, weights (arms, back, chest, abs) and hip/glute work
I ran through the Homewood area in Birmingham before work and took advantage of the hotel gym again for the weights and hip/glute work.
- PLAN- rest day
- ACTUAL-rest day
I drove back early Friday morning and had a sports massage that afternoon. Will (massage guy extraordinaire) confirmed my glutes were extremely tight. Pretty sure he spent an entire hour on my left glute and 30 minutes on the rest of my body. I could’ve easily had a 3 hour massage if money allowed it.
- PLAN- 20 miles easy 7:55-9:00
- ACTUAL- 20 miles easy avg. 8:49 pace
I was really nervous about my run. I woke up with very little pain which was great! The only downside was waking up to rain. It was supposed to rain all day and I had plans to meet my friend Shannon and the Chattahoochee Road Runners club for some of the miles so I wasn’t bailing.
I did 3 miles early by myself. It was dark and I was soaked by the time Shannon and the rest of the crew arrived and knew it was just going to be one of those super wet runs that I’ve gotten used to this year. We ran our 10 miles and I surprisingly felt strong. I took 2 huma gel along the way and they had fluids on the course. I felt so MUCH better than last weeks long run. Shannon is a bit faster than me so it was great to have someone push me a bit.
We ran around the Chastain Park area, which is quite hilly. I dropped Shannon back at the car/finish area, grabbed my nuun, and went on to finish my last 7. I did an out and back down Peachtree Road which was downhill on the way out. I definitely had to puddle jump the entire run, but didn’t realize how downhill the run was until I was running back uphill and literally running upstream. It was rough.
I’m the crazy type that needs to see 20.00 on my garmin, so I had to do a short out and back (literally .25 miles) on a side street near my car. A truck slowed down and a man rolled down his window and said he was going to breakfast alone and saw me and wanted to know if I wanted to join him.
He was at my turn around point and I tried to motion him to leave but he just kept talking and slowly driving as I ran. He said that it was motivating and impressive to see me out in this weather, blah blah blah. My heart was racing. I told him to leave or I was calling the cops.
I had major flashbacks to the assault and got upset later in the day. I have to learn that not everyone is “out to get me” but it’s something I still struggle with.
I went to icebox therapy for my “ice bath”, grabbed breakfast and headed home to chill until Rich finished his bike ride for the day. Saturday night was nice and relaxing. We went to my sisters house for dinner since my mom was in town and later watched a few Orange is the New Black episodes. I’m dying to finish season 2!
- PLAN- 4 miles recovery 8:55-9:40
- ACTUAL- 4.75 miles recovery avg 9:01 and barre3
These were nice and easy. I somehow lost track of the mileage and was further away from home than I should’ve been when it was time to turn around. To make matters worse, my stomach was fighting with me so it was probably a little faster than I wanted to do but only to make it home!
That day was super productive (thanks to my moms bf)! I moved furniture around my house to make room for a new piece, moved my medals up the wall, and fixed my patio furniture.
Total Mileage for the Week: 46.75
All in all, a good week. I needed a good long run and I got it. I know that my body will have it’s issues here and there as I continue to build my mileage and I’m going to do everything I can with pilates, the chiro, massages, and my own stretching to make sure I stay as healthy as possible.
I’m looking forward to my step back week!
If it’s raining, do you suck it up butter cup or move your run to the next day? Do you belong to a local running club in your town? How do you get out of your head on a “bad run” day?