Another week of winter running complete…It wasn’t my strongest week, but here’s the recap:
Monday: 6 miles at an 8:58 min/mile pace outside. This was supposed to be my rest day, but it was warm outside (in the 30’s!) so I moved my schedule around so I could take advantage. I probably shouldn’t have though, as my IT band was SUPER sore and I struggled. I had to stop a lot to stretch and was stressed about it…
Tuesday: Rest. I had an appointment at Orthology and they did some soft tissue work; the doctor said I could still run afterwards, but I decided to take this as my rest day after such a rough run the night before. Ugh, darn IT band…
Wednesday: 10.5 miles at an 9 min/mile pace. Again, I ran after work since this was such a long one. I had 1200m repeats; they didn’t go very well due to the IT band, some stomach issues, and overall tiredness/out-of-shapeness…this was a disheartening run, but I got through it. I don’t want to worry too much since Antarctica won’t be a PR marathon, but I still need to be in good enough shape to finish it!
Thursday: Orthology again; this time with a different doctor (Justin?) who did Graston and a TON of soft tissue work on my leg and it helped SO much- amazing! But I was pretty sore afterwards. I did 5 miles on the treadmill. 9: 15 min/mile. I was supposed to do 8 but was too sore from treatment and cut it short.
Friday: 5.5 miles on the treadmill. 8:44 min/mile. My leg felt better; I think the soft tissue and PT exercises are helping.
Saturday: 13.1 miles on the treadmill, 8:57 min/mile. This was mentally tough; I had to split it up into 4 mile increments, taking water/nuun breaks after each. I started watching Alias Grace on Netflix, which is pretty good so far.
I had to quickly shower after I finished to jet to St. Paul to watch my niece compete in a gymnastics meet. She did so great! I was very proud.
After the meet, Dustin and I ran some errands, including picking up our ‘discovery box’ (a wine program at 44th/France) with Tilda tagging along. We decided since we were out and about with her that we’d stop by Fair State Co-op (brewery) in NE to check off another brewery on our Sidewalk Dog’s “Indoor Brewery Pup Pass.”
There were quite a few other dogs there too. I love all these dog-friendly breweries!
Sunday: 4 miles outside with Dustin, then 4.3 more miles inside on the treadmill.
Dustin had the flu this week (it was awful, but so far I have avoided it!) and was finally feeling good enough to run again. It was pretty chilly (single digits and ‘feels like’ of around -10) and pretty slippery, so we only did 4 outside and then I finished up my run inside.
Summary: 48.5 miles of running. No cross training except PT exercises.
It was a pretty boring week- no social commitments, no extra workouts other than running. Just work and running!
I did finish this book on my bus commute and I have to admit, this marathon sounds like it will be harder than I was anticipating…it’s much more of a ‘trail’ marathon than just a cold marathon on gravel/packed snow. The route passes over a glacier twice and apparently some years, runners sink into knee deep snow on the glacier and have to pull their legs out with each step, hoping they don’t lose a shoe! Yikes! It’s also super hilly…
Man…am I really up for this??