Boston Training: Week 8 Recap

Has anyone seen my mojo? 

Shall we shag now or shag later? 

If this was a cut-back week, why don’t I feel more rested? My mojo seemed to have gone missing all week. In its place were a few minor aches and a body that felt dull and heavy. My mood was positive — it had to be to pick up the slack!

A number of variables could be contributing, including quite a few higher-mileage (for me) weeks recently and the manageable personal stress of an upcoming move.

Hopefully after one more light day tomorrow my energy will begin rebounding.

Week 8, March 10-16

Monday – 6.2 easy (path)

Tuesday — 7 including 10 x hill repeats (overpass)

Wednesday — taught Spinning class

Thursday — 5 easy (treadmill)

Friday – 3.5 easy (road)

Saturday — rest

Sunday — 14 .1 (warm-up plus Shamrock Half Marathon)

Totals:  ~ 36 miles + 1 cross-training workout, 1 weights session, 5 yoga & pilates sessions (teaching).

Good stuff: I was healthy and able to complete every workout. Shamrock weekend was a lot of fun, thanks to pre-race festivities with friends, time catching up with out-of-town friend Amy, and celebrating five friends’ new Personal Bests in the half or full marathon. It was a great day for many runners.  My own run was mediocre but I remembered that it’s just as fun, if not more, to witness someone else achieving or surpassing a goal.

Stuff to keep an eye on: After Tuesday’s hill workout, I noticed my knees were achy, tight, and stiff. Same thing after Thursday’s easy run and very briefly after the half marathon, during which my anterior right ankle also had some tendon pain. As boring and time-consuming as it can be, I must stay attentive to resting, icing, stretching, foam rolling, and any other TLC methods I can try. It is more than worth the effort.

Goals for the coming week: Be extra mindful about hydrating to try to get some uncomfortable water weight off. Have a good long run back on the hilly course I rolled over for 13 miles last month. I’ve been told that if a person can do 20 there, any marathon is within reach. Most of all, remain healthy and able to complete every workout.

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