I promised we’d be back with some running talk and here we are! This week was a little tough until I checked my ego. You see, I got home from our wonderful trip totally ready to hit it hard – mentally. Ready to get back to training, back to work, back to eating a lot of vegetables. But that really didn’t go how I wanted. I was exhausted, I felt (well, still feel) out of shape, my work computer crashed (thank goodness for tech support who finally got it working), and my stomach was still jumpy and vegetables did not sit well.
So I had to sort of take a step back and slow down. Once I did that, everything went much smoother. I guess I needed more of a “re-acclimation period” than I thought I would.
Monday was 5 miles easy at 9:14. It was COLD COLD on this day! Yikes! I hit the gym after for back and arms:
- 3 rounds PT exercises
- SS3X: 10 lat pull downs & 10 bent over rows
- SS3X: 10 bent over barbell rows & 10 hammer curls
- SS3X: 12 tricep dips & 10 barbell curls
- 3 rounds core x 20
Tuesday was my first hard running workout since the Chicago marathon. 2 miles warm up, 8 x 3 mins at 7:30 pace with 2 mins standing or walking in between (actual: 7:24/7:10/7:18/7:21/7:28/7:25/7:20/7:25), 1.7 miles cool. 7 miles total at 8:06 average. I was happy about hitting all those paces. Not as happy that they didn’t feel easy, when I thought they should have. This was before I gave myself the “you need to check your ego pep talk” haha.
Wednesday – 5 miles easy at 9:20 average. Followed by legs:
- 3 rounds: 20 bicycles, 20/20 single leg glute Bridge & 20 boat pose with 3 second hold
- SS3X: 10 squats & 30 second plank
- 12, 9, 5 deadlifts
- SS3X: 10/10 side lunges & 10/10 Bulgarian split squats
- 15/15 cable kicks – back, front, side each leg
Thursday was 3500 yards with drills mixed in. My legs and arms were fried from the two days of lifting. And I lifted much lighter than I normally do. But still – so sore. The swim was exactly what I needed. I am using Finis Swim agility paddles in this picture – jbirdruns20 for a discount on your order if you want them.
Friday was 5 miles easy at 9:01 average. It was raining and I really overdressed. I have to remember than rainy and wet doesn’t mean cold haha! It actually usually means it is warmer than if it weren’t raining. Finished off with chest & shoulders:
- SS3X: 12 incline chest press & 12 Arnolds
- SS3X: 12 flat flies & 12 tricep dips
- SS3X: 12 upright rows & 10 standing raises
- 3X drop set lat raises
- 3 rounds: 20 hanging leg raises, 30 second plank & DB side crunches
Saturday was a steady state easy run for 14 miles. It felt hard – maybe harder mentally than physically. We had friends come to town and I needed to knock it out first thing in the morning so that we could spend time with them. It was hard to get out of my warm bed on our first Saturday back after the trip. That said, once I got out there and got in a rhythm, I was glad I did.
And afterward, everyone was kind enough to indulge me by going to my favorite brunch place. MH Bread & Butter (owned by the Western States 100 winner, Devin Yanko & her husband!). The fried egg sandwich is genius and amazing.
Then we rode the ferry over to San Francisco from Sausalito.
And John and I split a Boudin’s clam chowder bowl. This was what I had after my very first half marathon, so it made my nostalgic side happy that I had run 14 miles that morning. It tasted so good after that cold boat ride.
There is a lot of my favorite activewear on sale at the moment, so I wanted to make sure and share it with you all!
- Nordstrom – Ripped Airbrush Leggings from Alo Yoga: these are so comfortable and they last
- Nordstrom – High Waist Moto Leggings from Alo Yoga: these were what I took with me on our recent trip and I wore them constantly! Love them!
- Athleta – Cityscape Pullover: Ahtleta’s pullovers are so soft
- REI – Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket: So warm. So packable.
- REI – Patagonia Alpine Houdini Jacket: The ultimate running jacket for packing on trails.
- Lululemon Press Pause Pullover: I was so excited to see this on sale because I have been eyeing it!
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