A really brief recap because this weekend has completely drained the life out of me. It’s 7:45 pm and I’m already ready for bed. Wait…scratch that. Technically it’s 6:45 and I’m ready for bed. Is this how you’re going to be, late 30’s??
Week 11 Grade: I get an A for Effort, but the weather was mostly a big fail.
This was the week of all kinds of changes to my plan to fit my schedule which in the end worked out really well.
Monday, March 2: I saw this weather coming from a mile away and yet I still signed up for a barre class. The barre studio’s inclement weather policy is worse than that of my gym.
Anyway we had an ice storm last Sunday and that carried on over into Monday. Everything was shut down or open late so a rest day was forced. Technically Mondays are supposed to be for resting anyway so it was no big deal. I did end up doing a little bit of strength training at home that evening.
Tuesday, March 3: 5 miles and OMG I RAN OUTDOORS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN TWO WEEKS!!!! It was definitely different difficulty-wise but it felt good to breathe that outside air. And it was also definitely still cold, but much more manageable than the negative degrees we had been experiencing. After work I had scheduled that surfboard class at Beachfit Baltimore, but then wouldn’t you know it…another ice storm rolled through in the afternoon making travel especially treacherous. It took me well over an hour to get home from work. So I missed that class too. At 0 for 2 I guess I should have waited another week to sign up for ClassPass again.
Wednesday, March 4: 8 miles and the forecast was looking positively balmy and in the mid-30’s for the early morning. I was all about getting my second run in outside for the week.
I made it about a half mile before realizing what a bad idea this was.
The streets and sidewalks in my neighborhood were sheets of ice. At certain points I was getting zero traction including on a downhill where I almost completely wiped out. I have no idea how I stayed on my feet the whole time. The run was slow, but still pretty fun and the air was comparatively nice and warm. That night I warmed up even more at hot vinyasa (FINALLY got to a class!) and then headed home to prepare for the next winter storm. If you are keeping count this would be the third one for the week.
Thursday, March 5 (Betty’s birthday!): I was supposed to run 5 miles and already decided the night before that due to the incoming weather and ice from the day before that I was going to switch my run to Friday and take my rest day (even though I had already had one earlier in the week). I went in to work for about 2 hours and when the snow started to pick up I left and spent the rest of the day hanging at home watching movies and having fun with Betty and Mr. Salt. Snow angels count as cross training right?
At one point in the afternoon she did take a little nap so I used the opportunity to do some abs and arms videos on YouTube.
Friday, March 6: 5 miles and of course due to the 10 inches of snow that fell the day before, my gym didn’t open on time because do they ever? So I missed my run in the morning, but planned on going over to another branch of my gym that is conveniently located near my office on my lunch break. It has been a very long time since I runched! I was pretty excited for it.
Except this run was ABSOLUTELY FREAKING TERRIBLE. The treadmills were rickety and ancient. Like it must be the gym that all the nicer, bigger gyms send their fitness equipment to when it’s about to fall apart. I struggled so hard to run those 5 miles and felt like a complete mess when I was done. And then I had to go back to the office all sweaty and gross and defeated.
Saturday, March 7: This was supposed to be my long run, 18 miles. Due to the lingering deep freeze, ice, snow and single digit temps, I had a couple options: split my run again (not preferable since I just did that last week) or move my long run to Sunday. Saturday afternoon was supposed to be much warmer and I hoped that meant a big melt.
Instead of running I went to a 45 minute spin class and then did 45 minutes of yoga all before Mr. Salt had to be to work. It was a nice change from running so early in the morning and I felt great for the rest of the day.
Sunday, March 8 (my birthday!): 18 miles and no excuses even though I lost an hour of sleep. Another nice thing about doing this run on Sunday was that Mr. Salt was off work and I had no time constraints beyond a family party at 2pm. I had plenty of time. So I headed out a little after 9am in beautiful, sunny weather so warm that I had to ditch my jacket in a tree several miles in.
This run was pretty darn great. I was traveling with a new Nathan handheld bottle that I picked up for myself as a birthday present. At first I was a little annoyed by it because it was quite heavy when it was full, but it ended up being entirely necessary. I was using this run as an opportunity to test out a fuel plan (carrying Bloks which I don’t normally use and GU). Everything I did worked well.
And just like that, my longest run since last May! At then end I was tired, but not nearly as sore as I expected to be. In the afternoon we celebrated and in the evening I had a date with Dr. Teal and a good book. It was the perfect birthday.
Week 11 Mileage: 36
So I just mentioned that I didn’t feel as sore as I expected after that run; that seems to be a trend. I’ve been dealing with a hamstring issue, but overall I recall feeling very much like I had been hit by a car after all my long runs last year and I’m not experiencing that same sensation this time. General soreness sure, but I had no issues getting to MEGAbarre class this morning.
This week I’m back on track with healthier eating because as you might have seen from my Instagram feed there was a lot of cake and ice cream (and wine) over the weekend. But first…fro yo date with Mar tonight to celebrate all the birthdays! (Today is Mar’s birthday! Make sure you stop by and wish her a happy happy one!)
If you’re training for a race right now, how is it going? What’s your favorite kind of cake? Remember when I said this was going to be a brief recap?
Happy Monday everyone!