Sunday Sweats 5
Supposed to be a run day, but Juno put us in a state of emergency before 2 p.m. and a travel ban was later put into effect, so road running and getting someone to guest-pass me into the gym were both out of the question. I've been really good about not missing runs and was disappointed to stay inside, but better safe than
I tuned into this video for more morning yoga with Adriene.
Tuesday: 3 miles + free-flow yoga practice
I almost thought today wasn't going to happen after the 30-hour blizzard, but by mid-afternoon the plows and salt trucks had done their thing. The road wasn't icy yet, just slushy, but I got a GREAT 3 miles in. This run was reminiscent of last year when I wasn't in training yet, but just learning to love running and muted and calmed by the serene snowy neighborhood. It was so fun.
Wednesday: 0 miles + yoga practice
Rest day, but also chiropractor day! We're finally ready to resume the biweekly schedule of before my October car accident and hopefully start pushing out to every three weeks even, but that doesn't mean I can stop taking care of my problem areas between appointments. I love this low-back yoga sequence from Erin. It's nice and gentle, perfect for slow mornings.
Thursday: 4 miles + free-flow yoga practice
Averaged a 9:26 pace tonight, well over race pace, but I don't hate it. It's pretty icy out there, and I almost ate it on some black ice before I even made it a mile in, so I took short and careful strides. Not wiping out is more important than speed on weekday runs.
I somehow overslept (I slept like shit Tuesday night, so I probably needed to double down Wednesday night) and missed my morning yoga, but free-flowed after my run to work out the kinks in my quads, hip flexors and calves.
Friday: 0 miles + runners' yoga practice
Rest day, and good thing, because good god was it windy here. Just a yoga day Friday. It's never a bad time to do this runner's yoga practice, so big thanks to my girl Erin for keeping an eye on us.
This rest day was sponsored by my tremendous procrastinating with editing that needed to get done this weekend, too many errands to do, an inexplicable stomachache, a "real feel" of 4 degrees, and the knowledge that Sunday would be 34 and partly cloudy.
Sunday: 6.2 miles + no formal yoga practice
I like that I stopped scheduling myself two weekend runs and gave myself the flexibility to have my long run on either Saturday or Sunday. Four runs a week is plenty; five is nice when not in training or when I'm really feeling it. But some Saturdays are just not as good for running as their following Sundays, as was the case this weekend. Anywhoo. Ramble much?
Today was fine. Nothing remarkable, nothing bad. EXCEPT! I ran with my brand new Garmin for the first time and it was glorious. (I also started Serial again from the beginning, but that's besides the point.) I am and have been on a time crunch so no formal practice today, though I may squeeze one in before bed after the Bowl.
Running: 3 runs; 13 miles
Yoga: 6 practices
I'm disappointed about missing a run this week when I had such good momentum, but the weather really made it impossible. I was slightly worried that it would derail my momentum, but I'm on a really good training streak regardless. This week was a scheduled low-mileage week — the run I missed was supposed to only be 3 or 4 miles — and it couldn't have come at a better time. Overuse and over-training are real concerns and issues I know too well, so these weeks in a training cycle are so key, and I was grateful to have the low-pressure runs this week. I'm starting to feel the familiar pinch of plantar fasciitis, that beloved over-training pal of mine.
My yoga game feels good and strong, though it did take a backseat this week. I'll be heading back to the studio for class this week and it's a February goal to measure and increase my flexibility, so I'll be trying to balance increased mileage with that work — wish me luck :)