Training Recap: March 14-20, 2016

To kick off my first training recap post, of course I had a totally atypical schedule.  I usually run Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with doubles on Wednesday and Thursday. But last week I took Monday off and ran doubles Tuesday and Wednesday, then took a mini-vacation to visit a friend in DC on Thursday and Friday, then ran my usual miles Saturday and Sunday. But also last week I was babying my right calf after my 5k (see race report here!); the stiffer-than-usual shoes made for some really tight and painful calves all week. So, let’s recap, shall we?

Monday, March 14: Foam roll and core work (sit-ups, leg raises, scissors, bicycles, clamshell extensions, pushups and planks). That’s all, folks!

Tuesday, March 15: 6 miles in the morning. Splits all over the place and calves giving me problems with my shins and ankles. Not a bad run, but definitely not good.

8 miles in the evening, a hilly route that I was looking forward to because I was running hills from my usual long run routes, but coming at them from the opposite (and in many cases, more difficult) direction. It ended up being a challenging but strong workout and I surprised myself by pacing in the low 7:50s overall which was about 30 seconds faster than I’d anticipated.

Wednesday, March 16: 10 miles in the morning, legs dead and pace slow. Calves super tight. Foam rolled in the afternoon.

7 miles in the evening with the Pacers Wednesday night group. Ran a mile to the store, then 5 with the group, and a mile home. It was gorgeous weather, good company, and my calf felt okay after having just been foam rolled.

Thursday and Friday, March 17 and 18: Trip to DC! Drove down in the morning, spent a day and a half walking all around museums, then drove back Friday night. Very compact visit!

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Saturday, March 19: 7.2 miles. Beautiful, sunny, and legs felt fresh. Calves were still pretty tight and didn’t start to loosen up until 4-5 miles in. Spent the rest of the day in compression socks and gave myself a hard calf massage in a hot bath that evening.

Sunday, March 20: My birthday! The big 25! I ran 20 miles to celebrate. Calves felt much better after so much babying the day before. Ran plenty of hills. I could almost trick myself into thinking my calf was feeling totally normal by the time I got done. Another hot bath calf massage not too long after the run and compression socks all day. Wrapped up the day with dinner and dessert at Cheesecake Factory with some running buds.

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I use a Believe training journal to log my runs (as well as Garmin, My Fitness Pal and Strava… I’m a data junkie!) and use a smiley face rating system. Most of my runs this week were small smiles or “meh” faces like this :/ My hilly route got a 😀 face, because it was a strong and surprisingly fun run. Should have done more core work this week. I am trying to get in the habit of foam rolling 2-3 times per week and doing my core work 3 times without fail. This week it just got away from me. But judging the way my back and hips were aching at the end of my Sunday long run, I really need to remember to get the core work in. It’s easy to skip, but it’s important!

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