Did you watch the Nike #BreakingTwo project? I did! If you missed it, it is here. As much controversy as there has been over the project – whether it is too contrived or giving the athletes too much help, it seemed as though everyone was watching anyway. I wonder if Eliud Kipchoge is disappointed that he missed the record by 24 seconds? Or if he is thrilled that he got that close? Maybe a little of both. I am extremely happy for him. That is amazingly hard.
This week was still pretty low key post Boston. I feel like I spend just as long recovering from a marathon as I do training for one. And it may get longer each time.
Monday was 6 miles easy at 8:46 average. This was after a photoshoot in the city, so I didn’t lift afterward in the interest of time and getting work done.
I way over dressed for this run in my long sleeves and felt like I was suffocating by the end.
Tuesday was 5 miles, also at an easy pace (8:35 average). Followed by:
SS3X: 10 sumo deadlift, 10 straight legged deadlift, 20 band lateral band walks
SS3X: 10 weighted squats, 15 one legged squat each leg no weight
3X each leg: 15 cable kickbacks
SS3X: 10 alt DB curls & 15 Romanian split squats
SS3X: 10 shoulder press & 10 bent over rows
SS3X: 10 chest press & 15 tricep dips
The track workout ended up being 3.16 miles at 6:14 average pace. That is not how fast I actually ran continuously – we did sets of 800s, 400s, and 200s with 1-2 minute rest in between. You can see the workout details here. I am hoping to run a 5k with a 6:30 average pace one of these days though, and this definitely gave me hope!
Thursday was 5 easy miles at 8:36 average on my lunch break. I was up late for the track workout and photo shoot the night before, so I moved my run to lunch time. I did a quick core set after, 3 times through of: 20 cable rope crunches, 20 Russian twists with 10lb ball, 20 flutter kicks.
Friday was 2225 meters in 52:43. I had planned to do 3000 meters, but honestly I just felt like crap. My whole left side was achy and every time I pushed off the wall I had that tingle of a stuck nerve in my glute. I was getting crankier and grouchier the more I swam, so I literally just stopped and left. I have done that very rarely in my life. But I have found that when I do make the decision to do that, it is often the right one. I’m not a quitter, and I don’t give up easily. However, there are times when it isn’t beneficial to keep pushing through. I’m not training for anything specific, I am still in recovery mode, and pushing through wasn’t going to gain me anything except a few more burned calories. Nope. Not doing it. It’s weird to say, but I’m proud of myself for quitting. I will save that grit and determination for a workout when I need it.
I went and had an active release appointment later that morning. It was so needed. Even though it may have been more painful than my supposed workout that morning, I felt much better afterward. Active release has really been what was kept me running. I am so grateful to Bethany for telling me about it. You can find an active release certified doc near you here.
Saturday I got to run with my friend, Jillian. She Boston Qualified for 2018 this past April (yay!).
I hardly ever get to run with a friend, and I’m so glad I did on this morning! It was just what I needed. After Boston training, I felt like if I had to do one more long run alone I might lose my mind. We were both pleasantly surprised at our average pace of 8:01 for 6 miles. It felt like the time flew by. Again, I wore a jacket for the run and DID not need to. I always do this in the spring/summer. I get used to being freezing all winter and it takes me a while to remember how much I’m going to warm up, even though it is 50 degrees out. When the sun comes up at 6:00am, it is much different than 50 degrees of dark of windy with rain.
That rounded out the miles for the week at 25.16.
What I Ate In A Day:
Before running with Jillian I had a Thomas Light 100 calorie English muffin with peanut butter and coffee with 2% milk & collagen. I really feel like my hair has gotten stronger and grows faster since having collagen every day. It is also supposed to help keep the elasticity in your skin and support bone/joint health.
After the run, I wasn’t super hungry right away, so I showered and did some stuff around the house, and then the hunger was REAL all of the sudden. So I had two Vital Farms eggs (these eggs are seriously amazing – so yellow and fresh), a Kodiak Cakes waffle with berries, peanut butter and a little syrup, and a chicken and apple sausage from Whole Foods (don’t remember the brand, sorry!).
Later that day, I got to visit with some friends that were here out of town and we went to Bar Bocce in Sausalito. If you are ever in the bay area, it is a great weekend spot. We split some amazing chicken pesto pizza.
I love that Lappert’s gives you these tiny spoons because it makes the ice cream last longer. Kind of like eating your food with chopsticks.
Later that night I got hungry and about 6 crackers with lunch meat and cheese.
Favorite on sale activewear:
And happy birthday to Sevy & Canyon! So many people in John’s family have their birthdays grouped together. It is pretty cool!
Canyon is so much bigger now, but I love this photo of him with a sweet potato!