Hi everyone! This week’s training had a shaky start but ended STRONG! Yay finally! We also had a heat wave here in Alaska which meant that it was t-shirt and iced coffee weather in February. Doesn’t really get any better than that!
Monday: My legs still hurt from Saturday’s 8 miler. I took my rest day right away.
Tuesday: I started my Living Social deal for 1 month at a local yoga studio. I took a restorative yoga class and it was kind of the craziest thing ever. We spent the entire 1.5 hours laying on the ground holding poses for 10 minutes at a time and I couldn’t spread out because the class was so packed. And the entire time there was crazy chanting music playing. I definitely felt good stretching, but it was a bit much for my hips and I’m not sure if I’ll be going back to that class again. If I go to one other class at that studio it will pay for my Living Social deal so I’ll probably go back, just not as much as they’d like me to. The music was just too crazy!
Wednesday: 45 minute run with 4:1 intervals. Afterwards my hips and legs hurt again which was really discouraging.
Thursday: I worked a 12 hour shift at work due to parent teacher conferences and a community service event I was running at school. I got home and felt like I’d climbed a mountain or something – I didn’t realize I’d be spending 7 of those 12 hours running around the school lifting tables! I think it’s safe to say that I got my 45 minute walk done that day!
Friday: 45 minute run with 4:1 intervals. I felt strong the whole time and felt good afterwards too, which is something that hasn’t happened since before my injury!
Saturday: A quick Yoga with Adrienne video at home after spending the morning volunteering at a local race with my students. They are the best!
Sunday: I was feeling a bit homesick, and the cure for that is spending some time outdoors to remind myself that I live in the prettiest place on earth! So I decided to do my long run outside instead of on the treadmill. I managed to misread my training plan and was excited to see that I only had to do 6 miles this weekend, and even though my doctor didn’t want me running on uneven surfaces I thought that running outside wouldn’t be so bad for only 6 miles. Except that it’s been 40 degrees here all week with rain all weekend, and the combo of melting snow plus rain that turned into ice on the frozen ground made for crazy slippery conditions! I had to walk A LOT. Especially on downhill portions. Near the halfway point it became so slippery that I was sliding all over the trail and I seriously was afraid of sliding off into a ditch! So I took a few detours to avoid the iciest parts and ended up accidentally running 7 miles instead of 6. Who does that? I also somehow managed to not fall and even ended with negative splits on a hill which is a huge deal for me! Despite all the walking, I ran almost the same pace that I do on the treadmill. Such an awesome way to end week 9 of training!
Next week definitely includes a 10 miler, which is my last long run of training. If I can survive that I should be good for the race! I’m starting to get really excited about our trip and the race itself, especially since I’m feeling much better after each run. Only three weeks to go until half #5!
Did you get to run outside this weekend?