It’s been a week since the Big Cottonwood Marathon. If you missed my recap, you can catch up here! It was a tough marathon, but fortunately I qualified for Boston! I’ll register tomorrow (9/19) and will hopefully receive confirmation that I’m in sometime later this week Fingers crossed that 4 minutes and 27 seconds is enough.
I always take a full week off of running and this marathon was no different. But I’m still linking up with Jess Runs ATL to share how my week of recovery went. Join us!
Monday: Complete rest. Quads were still very sore.
Tuesday: Yoga class at Corepower Yoga St. Louis Park before work. Gosh, it has been a VERY long time since I took a class here, but fortunately class packages there don’t expire! I was still sore from the race, but was able to do most of the class. Yoga definitely made me feel a lot better.
After work, I got a massage at Spalon Montage in Edina with “Ben.” Fantastic. I think this also really helped with my recovery.
Wednesday: After yoga and a massage on Tuesday, I was ready to break a sweat! I took a [solidcore] class at 5:30 am with Tom, one of the owners. Tough class, but it felt good to work my muscles in a totally different way than running.Thursday: Complete rest. Met up with some girlfriends at Upton 43 for a few glasses of wine, one of whom just did the Moose Mountain Marathon on the Superior Hiking trail. Rockstar!
Friday: [solidcore] again- feeling good!
Saturday: Complete rest (except for lots of dog walking).
I had a coworker tell me once that she only works out during the week; no exercise on the weekend. This seemed so foreign to me. As a distance runner, either Saturdays or Sundays are going to be your long run; you’re always working out on the weekends!
But I got a taste of what that would be like on Saturday. We slept in (on a Saturday!) I drank my coffee on the couch and had a lazy, low-key morning. It was kind of nice…but I still miss my long run routine 🙂
Eventually, we went to the Minnehaha dog park. We are dog-sitting not one, but two dogs! It’s a regular doggy daycare at the Benson house this weekend. I love this picture because Tilda does not look interested in Piper, the visitor! Truthfully, Tilda gets along well with both dogs, Piper and Breck. I think she’s a little lonely after our two cats passed away, so I’m happy to take care of my friends’ dogs when they need me. And since we’re not running yet, we had plenty of time to focus on entertaining the dogs.
(Piper was pretty beat after the dog park!) Sunday: [solidcore] Arms & Abs followed by an A20 class at Alchemy365. My friend Ericka (kettlebell instructor extraordinaire!) asked me to join her to try out this new studio and it was a perfect time to oblige. (I mean, trying out new fitness classes is one of my favorite fall activities, ha!) However, I misread the schedule and thought we were taking a yoga class (otherwise I would not have done Arms & Abs beforehand!)
In reality, we were taking one of Alchemy’s signature classes, the A20 class. It included 10-15 minutes of yoga/warm-up, introduction to the workout, 20 minute high intensity functional workout, followed by 10-15 minutes of yoga/cool-down to finish for a 50 minute class. Way more intense than I was expecting!
By the way, new visitors to Alchemy get a free week, so I’m excited to try other classes this week. I’ll share more on my experience after I have a few more classes under my belt.
Summary: 3 complete rest days, 1 yoga class, 3 solidcore classes, 1 new class (A20!) and 1 massage. Zero miles of running!
I think I’m ready to start running again. I’ll ease back into it next week. Without it, my schedule feels off, my digestion is off, my sleep is off…I miss running! It was still nice to take this week to do other activities that I didn’t fit in as much during peak marathon training.
Speaking of the marathon, I thought I’d quickly share a list of “mantras” I had in my phone to prep for the race. I have found these in a variety of places, I didn’t make them up on my own.
I read these over and over the night before and morning of the race to help get mentally focused and ready to work. They really helped me! I’m a strong believer in the power of the mind during the marathon.
**I put these on a pinnable image in case you think you’d find them helpful. Pin away!
I can’t believe how many classes you took during your recovery week! You left out one important part though….food! Any indulgences during your recovery week?!
Glad your recovery is going so well, another indicator that you were really well trained for your race!n
Ah, good point! There was definitely a bit more wine/beer/pizza this week. But then we had a box from Hello Fresh arrive, so 3 of our meals were pretty healthy! Maybe I need to go get a strawberry shake 🙂
I did do a fair amount of classes…too much time on my hands!
Three solidcore classes in a week would have my body completely shot! I swear it takes me two or three days to even begin to recover from a tough class there. A week without running is the perfect week to hit up solidcore, though – no need to have fresh legs for a run the next day!
P.S. Had to tell you that we booked mud baths at the Indian Spring Resort for next week and I am SO excited for it, plus a little pool time 🙂 Thanks again for the recommendation!
Oh, exciting! I’m curious to hear what you think. It’s definitely a unique experience! Post lots of pictures on instagram of the wineries you go to as well. You will have a great time!
It’s weird, sometimes I am SUPER sore from solidcore and some times its not as bad. One of three this week was a super sore one, but the other two were more manageable. But yes, its a good time to fit it in!
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This morning while running, I was telling my running buddy that I am SO excited to sleep in on a Saturday. It has been SO SO SO long since I’ve done that. I think that’s the thing I’m most looking forward to after Chicago – no more 5am Saturday alarms for awhile!
Yep- nice to just sleep after so many early Saturdays this summer to beat the heat 🙂 But I still miss the long run routine. It’s just part of my lifestyle!
Even though it’s your recovery week you were still so active – I love that!
Looks like you enjoyed an awesome recovery week! Congrats again on your BQ 🙂
Thanks Kimberly! It felt good to be active in different ways 🙂
very nice mantras! and all those classes sound like fun 🙂 I’m off from running since last Wednesday. I think I really hurt my right knee on the outer side of the knee. It definitely did not feel good at all when I tried to run on Saturday so I immediately stopped right away, and this morning was even quicker to realize- as soon as I went down the stairs, I was hurting so I didn’t go run. I think I will be off limits from running for the rest of this week which will definitely throw my whole training… Read more »
So sorry to hear about your knee- I hope it feels better soon. Do you have a PT/chiro you could go to get ART (active release therapy) or sports massage to work it out?
No, I don’t have one… should I be looking into one?! yikes.
I’m hoping that this one week of not running and resting from running (I’m still doing my yoga/strength training) will help…but now I am in this whole
not-running-mode….and I know it will suck the first day that I get back into running!
Well, I don’t know for sure…but I’m always quick to get things checked out by a sports med doc if I can!
It sounds like you are doing the right things though by taking a little break and your running will come back quickly, it always does!
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