Sunday Sweats 20
Nice, gentle, easy start to the work week.
I sort of planned to run today, but I needed to take a nap after work instead. Listen, I'm really not a napper, so if my body's trying to have one, it means business.
Tuesday: studio yoga class (75 min)
Class was pretty packed tonight but it was a really good one. Donna brought us into the spine really deeply and gave us crow and mermaid, which I'm always happy to have time for in this class.
Wednesday: hip & hamstring yoga (13 min)
Yeah, I do this one a lot. But there's no better quick fix to stretch out the backs of my legs and outer hips when they're feeling keyed up.
An out-of-town coworker insisted on buying us margaritas and empanadas tonight, so there was no shot of running tonight either. I'm calling it an extended taper and pretending everything about this week's running lack-of-schedule was on purpose.
Thursday: hip opening yoga (13 min)
I dragged myself onto my mat this morning and this isn't too intense a video, but it does give a good stretch. I had my chiropractor after work and knew I'd be asking him to get into my hips a little, so my a.m. practice was prep.
I was supposed to run, but I'm breaking all the rules and broke them tonight too. By the time I got home (late) from my chiropractor, I felt like I had been dragged through traffic and was exhausted...in a painful way. It was not a good day and I didn't want to make it worse. Ate dinner and passed out. Good thing I don't have a goal to PR this race.
Friday: quick hip yoga (11 min)
Two days from race day. This practice has some of my favorites: figure four, happy baby, and spinal twists. Since my running has fallen apart along with my life this past week, I figure keeping my running body stretched and open is the least I can do to prepare at this point (no interest in any miles 48 hours before a half marathon at this juncture), aside from assuring myself this "extended taper" is just an alternative race-prep technique.
I did, however, get about 20 minutes of handstand practice today and got some decent hang time! So I've got that going for me, which is nice.
Saturday: pre-race free flow (20 min)
Half marathon in the morning, so some sun salutations, hip openers, and plenty of legs up the wall.
|MY GOODNESS I am pale.|
There'll be a full recap coming this week, but I'll start with this: This race sucked, and was my worst race by a lot, but I'm glad I did it and I'm ready to move on. Oh and I'll say this: no amount of running this week would have changed the outcome. Thank frog, or else I'd be kicking myself black and blue. Finish time: 2:38:28.
I'm putting this disclaimer out there though: According to CompuScore, my average pace was 12:05. I'm going by my watch because it was measuring long by ~.1-.2 for the whole race, even before the very first mile when we were on main town roads. Also, I weirdly love the cacophonous chiming of all the runners' Garmins within about 3 seconds of one another at every mile.
Yoga: 6 // 147 minutes
Running: 13.29 miles
+ My worst race by a lot, and it hurt.
+ I ran over the finish line of a race I almost quit.
+ I got my worst race of the year out of the way.
+ My sweet, amazing friends endured some oppressive heat and humidity to sit around and wait two and a half hours for me to run a race. Their cheers at mile 5 and as I came down the last .1 mile of the race course were the highlights of my day, and I'm so grateful to have had them there.
+ Despite the unrelenting challenge, I'm glad I ran this race and parts of it were actually fun. More on the blog this week.
+ Yoga class was awesome, and I got in decent practice every day.
+ My handstand is coming along pretty nicely. I may be a crappy runner, but I'm One Bad Yogi.