It's Friday! Yay!
And, of course, for you that means it's time for my weekly recap of the week's running events....
Hey! Wake up, there! It will be fun. I promise! Here goes:
Synopsis: Another week of goals met. Hurrah! I guess I shouldn't be so excited about something so mundane, but I have really learned not to take these things for granted. The aches and pains were kept to a minimum and I feel I am finally getting into a rhythm with this training plan.
Saturday: Rest (Kind of a misfire here. I was supposed to row, but I felt too achey and wanted to give everything a rest before the next day's long run).
Sunday: 17-Mile long run
Monday: 5-Mile run
Wednesday: 5-Mile group run
Thursday: 4.73-Miles outside with middle two miles being hill repeats (7 ups/7 downs).
Friday: Rest (but in reality will probably walk the dog)
Total Mileage: 31.7331.73 miles. Wow. I don't know if I have ever logged a mileage week that high. Of course, since my record-keeping is piss poor, I wouldn't know, would I? I am pretty sure, though, that generally I have always topped out in the high 20s. To know that this is the new normal is a bit daunting and scary, to be honest.
On the other hand, it's exciting too. I hope I can keep it up, and for some reason I believe I can. A friend of mine told me recently - when I expressed self-doubt about my running - that it can take several years to really get your body used to running long distances, and I took a couple of breaks to have children, so really about now I should be really just getting used to this stuff. I don't know if that is true or not, but it did make me feel better. I hope it's true.
Anyway, it wasn't a bad week considering how sore I felt the week before. Maybe things are coming together somehow. I am trying hard to listen to my body (not pushing it when it's had enough) and ignore it when it seems to be talking crazy talk (peeping at me with these little aches and pains that disappear after a day).
In addition to the running, of course, I have also kept on track with my core and strength work, even fitting in a couple of sessions right before bed rather than to let it slide. And I have been faithful to my foam roller, rolling out every muscle I can reach in my legs at least once a day. My foam rolling routine has gotten to a point now where I feel I could put together a Foam Rolling 101 class. The routine is pretty intense.
So, that's my week. Ending on a fun note, I ordered myself a pair of compression socks in time for St. Patrick's Day. I feel a little guilty spending the money, but I am signed up for a 17K on St. Paddy's Day, and I am Irish, after all.
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