This past week was the highest mileage week I’ve had in YEARS. And it’s only the beginning! Also – I should have a “real” blog post coming your way soon, I’ve just had a lot on my plate. I’m getting my fundraiser page ready for my 57 mile charity run in November and I’m trying to figure out how I’d like to organize everything, so it is taking up a bit of my time.
Monday, January 23: I woke up this morning and it was POURING and windy. Stared out the window for a few minutes and decided NOPE. I made it my rest day :).
Tuesday, January 24: I intended on heading out the door for a 5 mile run, but only made it 4.2 miles. I ran on the Mt. Vernon Trail but was really not feeling it. I felt groggy, my legs felt heavy and I had a headache. I had to talk myself through each step.
But the best part of today was…I DID STRENGTHENING. I focused on my glutes – doing lots of leg lifts and squats, but I also did some abs too! Strengthening work out lasted all of 22 minutes.
(4.2 road miles, 7:59 min/mile pace)
Wednesday, January 25: WORKOUT DAYYYYYY! I seriously love tempo workouts. I do wish I didn’t always have to do them on the treadmill, but I KNOW if I try and run one alone outside, I won’t be able to hit my pace. So I think going too fast on the treadmill is better than nothing.
My glutes were SO SORE this morning, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to affect my workout. I did a lot of stretching this morning to help alleviate some of the tightness.
I warmed up for 18 minutes at about 8 min/mile pace and then did 5X5 minute repeats uptempo, with 1 min rest in between. My 5 minute repeats were anywhere between 6:40-5:50 min/mile pace. I progressively got faster with each repeat, which I always enjoy.
After the workout I hopped outside to cool down for 20 minutes. It was a beautiful day, sun shining and in the upper 50s…seriously, I feel like winter has been completely absent this year.
Total mileage for the day was 9.5 miles!
(18 minute warm-up, 5X5 min fast, 1 minute recovery: 7 miles, 6:54 min/mile average)
(20 minute road cool down: 2.5 miles, 7:58 min/mile pace)
Thursday, January 26: Glutes still tight today, ha! I think the tightness really shows how badly I need to start doing strengthening on a more regular basis.
I woke up with the intention of getting my run in before work, but I just couldn’t get myself out the door. I was feeling very tired and achy, so I did some writing instead and tried to stretch a little bit.
My boss let me step off the floor a little early, with the caveat I had to go out and do my run if I was going to leave. So I got dressed at the running store and headed out for my run (I knew if I went home I would just lay on the couch and do nothing). It was very windy, and no matter which direction I turned, I felt like there always was a headwind.
I also got some really weird pains shooting down my right leg. I was wearing compression socks, trying to help with blood flow in my legs after yesterday’s workout, but I feel like they may have been causing the pain? I honestly have no idea. My right knee felt incredibly weak (this is the knee I have arthritis in and constant joint pain) and every once and a while I would take a step and it felt like fire was shooting down my lower leg from my knee. Dislike. But I took it easy and finished the run.
I only needed 3-5 miles, but somehow got myself turned around in Old Town and ended up going 5.8 miles. I stretched A LOT and iced after the run.
Later in the night, I also did strengthening again!!! Stayed away from doing any leg work and really just focused on abs and some arm stuff. After strengthening I stretched and rolled my legs out for a good 25 minutes.
(5.8 road miles, 8:10 min/mile pace)
Friday, January 27: So excited for this day! All week I planned on going to Fountainhead Regional Park to hit up the trails again for the first time in awhile. My good friend joined me so I wouldn’t have to suffer alone, and I’m so happy I had her there with me on the trails.
I was a little nervous about my knee because of the pain from the day before, but I put on some supportive tights and a patella strap and decided to just go for it.
This was my first time testing out my hoka speedgoats on an actual technical trail, and I thought they faired pretty well. I, however, really need to get out on the trails more often. I felt like I was turning my ankles constantly, and I tripped twice (the second time was about .1 miles from finishing…so frustrating!). But even with the turning of ankles and falling, I had an amazing run. The hills definitely challenged me, but it was so nice to be out in nature again.
(8 trail miles, 9:51 min/mile pace)
Saturday, January 28: Long run day! I decided to head to Great Falls park because most of my 50k April race will be on some of the trails in this area. I tested out my new Nathan Vaporairess Race Vest today and it was the first time I’ve ever run with a water pack before. IT WAS AWESOME. I definitely need to get used to drinking on the run and having the pack on me, but it didn’t bother me once throughout my entire run. And that’s saying something.
I really wanted to go slow today and just focus on having an enjoyable run. My ankles were super sore from turning them so many times at Fountainhead, but the rest of my legs felt surprisingly good.
I think today was the first run where I let myself walk when I needed to (up some of the steeper hills) and stop to enjoy the beautiful park and scenery. I know I need to get used to power walking in long trail ultra races and I feel like today was the first time I told myself it was okay to take breaks. And I really ended up enjoying my run, even though it was long and challenging, and I was absolutely exhausted at the end.
(12.6 trail miles, 9:07 min/mile pace)
Sunday, January 29: I meant to do some strengthening and some cross training today but it never happened. I slept A LOT last night but I woke up still feeling exhausted, which is never a good sign for me. I ended up taking the day as another rest day, but I was definitely hustling at work a bit, so my legs got to shake out some. I do wish I could have done that strengthening…
JANUARY 23 – JANUARY 29 WEEKLY MILEAGE: 40.3 MILES!
NOTES ON THE WEEK: I am so happy with this training week. I can’t believe I finally hit 40 miles and felt pretty good doing it. I did notice I’m feeling a lot of fatigue after my longer runs (I can’t seem to do anything but lay on the couch afterwards) so as the mileage ramps up in a few weeks, I’m going to pay really close attention to what my body is telling me. I don’t think the fatigue is from being out of shape, it could be the lyme and overexerting myself, but I’m going to monitor it.