I didn’t intend to use last week for as much recovery as I did, but I listened to my body and went with it. My legs felt great after the race, but overall I was just exhausted. Instead of running a lot, last week I slept a lot, was busy with other activities and just used my time to not stress about running.
Now that Portland is only 9 weeks away, it’s time to get serious! I feel recovered and ready, both physically and mentally, to tackle the next 9 weeks of training and make this a good race.
To say I was exhausted from the marathon and the weekend would be an understatement, but somehow I went to work and made it through a busy day.
I went to our weekly team lemon run club! I had never run this soon after a marathon, but I took it really easy when I was running and even walked some sections with my friends. My legs felt great to get moving.
3.0 miles/? pace
lululemon Ambassador photo shoot! I am not sure I would qualify this day as rest since I was more sore after this day than the marathon. We had to run back and forth many many times, which included a lot of hard stopping and a lot of starting. It was a blast and very much worth it, but we did get ourselves quite a workout!
I got great news this day, which I will post about tomorrow, and went for a run after work. I think I had a huge smile on my face the whole time.
6.3 miles/56:33/8:58 avg pace
I met up with Kristin for an early morning run. We ran a 3 mile loop that ended at Starbucks and we got coffee to cheers all the fun stuff going on right now. We walked back to my house chatting away and enjoying the casualness of the morning.
3.1 miles/28:25/9:10 avg pace
This was the first morning in I can’t remember how long that I didn’t set an alarm. I was sure I would still wake up at 7 or a decent time to get a morning run in, but the next thing I knew it was almost 10am! I had slept like a rock for a much needed 12 hours. I decided to spend the rest of the morning being lazy, drinking coffee and just enjoying doing nothing. It was wonderful.
That afternoon I mowed the lawn (hello cross-training!) and then finally went for my run around 3pm. It was hot, I hadn’t eaten enough even for 6 miles and I just felt bleh. My legs felt great and wanted to run, but the rest of me did not. I settled for 6 miles and was happy to be done.
6.0 miles/52:33/8:45 avg pace
That night Chris and I went to dinner to celebrate!
12 long rest
I really wanted to get a double digit run in this weekend to get myself back in the mode for training, but my body just had other plans. I planned on meeting up with Kerry pretty early to head down to the Fast and Furious Festival in Pleasanton, so I set my alarm extra early to get a run in first.
I got up, drank coffee, ate some breakfast and somehow ended up falling back asleep on the couch with Emma. The next thing I knew Chris was waking me up and he was leaving to go work the Festival, and I was out of time to run.
Lola, Page, Kerry and me
I took it as a sign that this week just needed to be a full on recovery week and went and enjoyed a long day at the races with my friends! It was definitely worth it and I am now looking forward to hitting the training hard in the upcoming weeks.
Total for the week: 18.4 miles
Less than 9 weeks to go now… time to get serious!