I am officially half-way through my training plan. It is definitely a gold star for my aim to be more consistent. This was a recovery week and it actually felt so good. Usually recovery weeks tend to bum me out. I don’t like going backwards in mileage, because I usually feel the stress of the “what ifs?” My “what ifs?” being what if I can’t get back up to that mileage again? What if I gain weight? What if I lose fitness? This is absurd and ridiculous I know, but I do not take for granted that I have had six weeks of good, consistent running. I do not want to lose it.
A lot of my little niggles seem to calm down this week, even the speed work out I did yesterday did not result in a lot of blow out pain yesterday and today. My left hip flexor is still cranky, but I know that has more to do with sitting than with running. Not running is not going to make that any better.
2/5 — Confession. I totally do not remember what I did this day. I probably did a Jasyoga video, but I cannot remember.
2/6 — 3 miles, easy (Core/IT Band)
2/7 — 4 miles, 1 mile warm-up, 3 miles with 1/2 mile at 9 minute pace, 1/2 mile at 10:50 minute pace. Declining sets — 10, 9, 8, 7…. assisted pull-ups; 3 x 10 squats at 45 lbs. Core and IT Band exercises (clamshells, Jane Fonda’s, bridges, planks).
2/8 — 3 miles, easy. Declining sets — 10, 9, 8, 7… “girl” push-ups. Core and IT Band exercises.
2/9 — REST!
2/10 — Plans called for a 5k today, but with all the snow, I could not even run outside. I opted to hang out on the treadmill for an hour. Walked 10 minutes, 5 minutes at 5 mph, 3 x 9 min ladders with 1 min recovery (3 min at 6.6 mph, 3 min at 6.7, 3 min at 6.8 mph, 1 min at 5 mph), 5 min at 5 mph, 10 minute walk. It ended up being around 5.3ish miles.
Total : Around 15 miles.
I know this seems like such a small amount, but for me it feel huge, impressive, enormous. It feels so good to be running again.