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My first week back after a week of recovery from my 50 miler. Overall, I felt good but could definitely feel soreness in my initial workouts. I took that as sign to continue to take it easy, keeping it to short runs and some lower impact cross training. I spent some time during the middle of the week to evaluate our meal plans for the next week and schedule out my workouts because I could tell things were getting a little too non-committal for my liking. Writing those two things down helps keep me focused and accountable (and makes grocery shopping a whole lot easier!).
Monday: still resting!
Tuesday: Set out for a walk but decided to do an easy run on the flats and downhills, recovering on uphills. Just two miles but after that and teaching PiYo, I was SORE. Felt good overall but impressed that such a short run could have that impact.
Wednesday: 5k through the neighborhood. Pushed to what my body was willing to do and it felt great. Happy with my pace and it re-energized me for my new training cycle. Taught PiYo that evening.
Thursday: Ran 4 miles with my friend who is training for her first half. She was doing 5 but I decided to still keep my mileage a little low as part of my recovery week.
Friday: Rest day.
Saturday: Easy 5k before teaching PiYo at the Y
Sunday: 10k on single track trails in Umstead. Great because it forces me to slow down to watch my footing, but also lots of intervals with the constant changes in elevation. The trail was the driest it’s been in the last couple of months of running it which made it easier to run without worrying about eating it on a slippery, muddy patch. Afterwards, did some gardening at home and then the hubby and I went to the afternoon strength training class at the Y.
Part of my recovery has also been sleep. I’m terrible at going to bed at a reasonable time and the beginning of the week followed that trend. But by the second half, I had some low key nights at home where I focused on planning out my workouts, meals, and doing more research on training for my PR goals. Doing so also kept me in the mindset of getting enough rest. Also, who else is dealing with seasonal allergies? Whew! Sneezing all the time over here! Going from a bacterial infection to allergies is no fun, but at least I know my issues now are because of the weather and pollen. I’m ready to wash away the latter in the pool as the weather warms up!
Happy with my first week back! Just three weeks until the Blue Ridge Mountain Half Marathon so while I’m keeping my mileage pretty low at the moment, I’m not concerned about doing that half. No PRs in sight but I plan on enjoying the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I get spoiled by running in the woods at Umstead but I have a feeling the trails won’t even compare to the beauty in Roanoke, Virginia. I love exploring more of the East Coast since we’ve moved here. Want to check it out too? You can still get 20% off of your registration with the code “BLUERIDGEBIBRAVE”