This past week did not start off well. Slight temp, muscle aches, I wanted to keep running according to my schedule but I knew rest was better for me so I took a couple of extra days off of running and exercise in general, other than yoga and walking.
I was rewarded for listening to my body!
- Monday: YFPR Rebuild & Restore, Dogwalk
- Tuesday: Dogwalk
- Wednesday: 4 Treadmill miles with IT exercises each half mile,
dogwalk(rained all day!)
- Thursday: Dogwalk
- Friday: 1 mile WU & CD, 2 miles @ tempo, Tomahawk routine postrun, dogwalk
- Saturday: YFPR Flexibility & Flow, Dogwalk
- Sunday: YFR Hamstrings, 7 mile LSD
Mileage: 15 (+.25)
TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners
WU = warmup
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
I was feeling meh at the beginning of the week: very slight temperature, muscle aches, scratchy throat. I told my husband that I was either getting a cold or a period.
Did you know that you can actually get flu like symptoms before a period? I used to think I was nuts, because I often felt literally sick before a period, and as far as I could tell, I was the only one. But no, it’s really a thing. Lucky me.
It kind of killed me to take an extra rest day; it totally screwed up my plans for running for the week. And the kicker was I knew that if I ran, I’d feel better.
Still, I also know sometimes when I feel that way all I really need is rest. I can’t say I got as much rest as I’d like to — any woman knows there are things that simply have to get done. But I did it. By Wednesday, though, it became apparent I wasn’t coming down with anything serious, and while I still felt meh, I got back to it.
By Thursday I felt better! And I have absolutely no excuses for doing nothing other than walking Lola Thursday. I really meant to do yoga, but then my husband got home earlier than expected from his business trip.
Sunday I explored another new-to-me area, on the recommendation of my husband, part of the Zim Smith Trail. It wasn’t really exciting, but it was almost pancake flat and it was a pretty day.
I was pleasantly surprised to have a run that felt mostly easy, was negative splits, and nothing physically bothered me. It’s the longest I’ve run in a couple of months — off season is over and spring half training is on!
I did get Mr. Judy to video both Gizmo & Lola going through their paces on my impromptu indoor agility arena. You can see how Lola spins when she’s excited — and runs right into a corner at one point!
But she loves it.
My husband trained them again while I was out running, and said Gizmo didn’t want to stop. I put a video of Gizmo training on my personal facebook page, by the way.
Maybe my run Sunday went so well due to all the carbs I consumed at dinner Saturday? My husband wanted to try a new BBQ restaurant near us, as he sorely misses BBQ, and since BBQ isn’t my thing, I had a turkey sandwich — with cheese, bacon, and guac. And waffle fries. I didn’t even come close to finishing all that!
And then there was this little treat I made for myself for postrun — man, that was awesome (and simple). I took a package of Weight Watchers pretzels (you can obviously use whatever pretzels you want, but portion control works for me on things like that). Sandwiched them with 1 tbsp almond butter (total for the entire package, not 1 tbsp almond butter per pretzel sandwich, although that does sound pretty awesome). Then drizzled them with about 2 tbsp of melted dark chocolate chips and put a little smoked sea salt on top.
And that’s a wrap!
Had any great long runs recently? Made any great snacks?