Sunday Sweats 66: Half Marathon Training Week 6 + Cherry Blossom 10-Miler
March 28–April 3
Monday: studio yoga class (75 minutes)
Fun Kelly class this morning, but I'm still feeling wiped out from a big week last week. Add to that not enough sleep (or subtract, I guess?) and I found myself taking a few extra child's poses in class today. Reminder: Never feel like you HAVE to do every pose as your instructor cues—when you need a rest, rest. It's all good.
Tuesday: 2.7 mile run (9:02 pace)
I'm dropping back a bit in preparation for this weekend's 10-miler, as well as accommodating for the big mileage jump this weekend's race will bring me to. I didn't have an exact number for today's miles, until I got outside and realized my knee was a little twisted up AND it was super windy. I know I sound like a broken record, but it's been so bad. Last night the wind knocked the power out, and today it was steady 16 MPH winds with 33 MPH gusts. That's ridiculous. Running into the wind just sucks so much out of me, and I don't even get the satisfaction of quick times for all that pain in my chest and frustration—it literally blows my earbuds out, burns my eardrums, and just drains my energy. I didn't want shitty miles for my birthday, so I gifted myself a solid 2.7 in honor of my 27th year.
Wednesday: studio yoga class (75 minutes)
Long day of maid of honor duties out in West Jersey, so I went to one of our further studios to take class with a teacher I hardly ever get to see. Fun, challenging, super sweaty class.
Thursday: studio yoga class x2 (150 minutes)
It was today that I decided my old and only loosely-adhered to (although cemented in my mind) rest schedule of Tuesdays and Fridays has to go out the window. Between taking Kelly's morning class (which it only makes sense to take, since I work the desk and am there for the same amount of time either way), teaching my evening class, and staying for Taryn's night class (which I just can't resist—cold lavender stones for the third eye!), I'm in the heat for nearly 4 hours and practicing for 2.5. There's no TIME for a run, let alone any energy to spare. I love every bit of all three classes, but they tap me out. The run can move.
Oh, and fun thing: Kelly took my class tonight! First time she's been in my *real,* full class. It was terrifying and awesome.
Friday: studio yoga class (60 minutes)
My friend Taryn and I popped over to a new studio today (new to us and in general, it's only been open 10 days!) to try out a class. It was vinyasa flow and not heated and absolutely PERFECT. Just what I needed today. I needed to be stretched out and not have my ass kicked by athletic vinyasa and heat. Our teacher, Becky, ended with a nice lavender massage. As much as I love my studio, it's nice to make sure I'm not boxing myself in by exploring other studios' offerings.
Saturday: active rest
Driving to DC and then walking all over it isn't quite a rest day, but no workout today. I needed it. For the first day in...a long time, my legs loosened up and I felt light. I felt immediately validated in my decision not to run again after Tuesday and really give my legs a chance to rest and restore.
In blog-related but not workout-related news, I had a fabulous lunch with Carly and Tracy in the latter's new neighborhood, followed by pre-race pizza with Lisa and her boyfriend and single greatest source of my running envy, Brian.
Sunday: Cherry Blossom 10-Miler
Full recap coming this week, so check back! I have a lot to say about this whole race. But to make a long story short if you're only slightly curious, I walked away with both an official and unofficial PR, as this was my first actual 10-mile measured race, but also a better time than any 10-mile split I've run in training or racing history, according to my records. More on this wild day in a bit!
Running: 12.81 miles
Yoga: 360 minutes
Half Marathon Training Week 6 Reflections:
I really needed this weekend to get me out of a (lack of) long-run slump. This is actually my first double-digit mileage since the City of Oaks Marathon...on November 1. Hopefully my weeks of injury, sickness, and following fatigue/laziness are all behind me and I can ride this high right to the New Jersey Half Marathon in a few weeks!