Today I’m linking up with Holly from HohoRuns and Tricia at MissSippiPiddlin and their weekly wrap linkup. You don’t have to be a runner to join in & tell us how your week went! So how was my running last week?
- Monday: Yoga for Runner’s Foundation & Hamstrings, Dogwalk (in the dark!)
- Tuesday: Dog walk (2); does watching DWTS count as a workout?
- Wednesday: Dog walk (2), Yoga for Pain Relief Align & Alleviate & Back
- Thursday: Dog walk (2), Yoga for Pain Relief Align & Alleviate & Back
- Friday: Dogwalk (2)
- Saturday: Dogwalk, 6 mile LSD
- Sunday: Yoga for Pain Releif Align & Alleviate & Knees & Hips, Dogwalk
Mileage: 6 (-13)
Slugdom & Chester
I took it way easy this week — obviously — but I think I just needed it. Compared to some I didn’t race much this year — 3 halfs: 2 in May & 1 in Ocotber & a handful of shorter races. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t work hard!
I’ve been training hard for 3/4 of the year. It’s not quite over yet, with a 15k on the horizon (hopefully they don’t sell out as I seem to have a hard time actually committing to it). So I’m back to training, but the plan is to loosely follow the Run Faster, Run Less plan which only has 3 x week running. But none of them are easy runs.
They also prescribe cross training, and obviously I totally plan to do some cross training, but at the moment I don’t really have access to swimming for the most part & I don’t bike so it will be some kickboxing and dance DVDs most likely.
Chester, who is 10 and in heart failure, crashed hard Saturday. We have upped his meds again, and he seems to be responding well to that, but we’ve almost maxed out what his little body can take. The cardiologist mentioned the “e” word for the first time.
I think we have some more time with him, and even as sick as he was, he still has a great appetite. I would be surprised if he sees 2016 but maybe. The good news is that by Sunday he was almost back to normal & we did our usual walk – he was too sick on Saturday to go for his walk.
The last time we changed meds he got about 6 weeks out of that, and there’s still something we can add if need be. The balance is that the heart meds (many diuretics) are hard on the kidneys. So all prayers & good vibes welcomed!
I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep Friday night because of him, and needless to say I was very stressed, so I took that all out on my return to running (post half marathon). I had a decent pace for me starting out, and aimed for negative splits. By mile 4 I was starting my inevitable slowdown, but I told myself I was better than that and had already proved I can push hard — so I did.
I continued with my miles getting faster and pushed hard that last mile to keep it below a 12 minute pace.
It helped, and it helped even more that by the time I got back Chester had more energy, too.
And my body feels fine today, thankfully. The back is finally back to normal. It was a very mild pull but it sure took a long time to heal up. I actually did feel quite a bit of DOMs from my half this week, and that might also be why I took it so easy, just dog walking and lots of yoga and some days not even yoga.
How do you recover from races?