This week’s workouts were on the easier, shorter side. I was down one pint of blood after donating on Monday, so I dialed down the distance and intensity of my workouts this week.
Monday: 4 mile easy run
After a weekend packed with long runs and skiing, I opted for an easy and short run. I split the miles of my four mile run between the two dogs. Ollie and I ran an easy 3 miles in the rain and then I ran Charlie for one mile.
I donated blood a few hours after my run. Since I’m not training for a race right now (my first goal race of 2018 is in May), I was not worried about a temporary decrease in performance. I had wanted and tried to donate blood for almost a decade now and never had healthy enough iron levels. Thanks to my iron supplementation, I was able to donate! I was so excited. The oatmeal raisin cookies were a pretty nice treat also.
Tuesday: 30 minutes strength training
No run today – I wanted to let my body recover more from donating blood. I took the dogs for a short walk and enjoyed a brief break in the seemingly non-stop drizzle.
I kept my strength workout lighter because I felt a little bit off during it. I did a shorter strength training workout in the evening, using a 12 pound medicine ball and a resistance mini band:
2 sets of:
Lateral band walk
X-lunge with medicine ball
Medicine ball squat thrusters
Medicine ball slams
Medicine ball Russian twists
Medicine ball planks with knee dips
Wednesday: 4 mile easy run
I took Ollie on an easy run. Our first two miles were at a 9:0x pace, and then everything loosened up and we ran the last two miles at an 8:30 pace. I felt as if I was breathing at high altitude, which I figured was from giving blood not even 48 hours prior.
Thursday: 6 mile easy run & Pilates
Another run with Ollie! We incorporated some gentle hills into this run. This run felt smooth and we maintained a comfortable 8:39/mile average. After the run, I a quick lower body Pilates workout and spent some time foam rolling.
Friday: 4 mile easy run
I think Charlie was aiming for a personal record on this run – by the end of the first mile, we had stopped five times for him to poop. Then, it started to rain – and Charlie hates running in the rain. Our pace was slow and we had a few more stops, but I always enjoy taking Charlie out for a run. I had the intention to do Pilates, but I skipped it because I was soaked and cold by the end of the run.
Saturday: 9 mile hilly run
Ryan and I set out with the intention of running 12 miles, but I had to bail after 9 miles. Unlike last week’s run, which was in rough weather but felt good, this run was just physically tough. Maybe I was still feeling the effects of donating blood or maybe it was just one of those off days, but I felt slow, fatigued, and achy all over. Eventually, I decided it was best to call it a day rather than push through. We returned home and I drank a protein shake and just sat until I had my energy back.
One thing I really want to improve upon in the upcoming weeks is starting out long runs earlier. I prefer to get out around 8 AM, if not earlier, to start my runs, especially if running longer or harder. We didn’t get out on this run until 10 AM, which mentally messed with me.
On the bright side, we found some great hills and gained about 440 feet in this run, most of which was in the first half. I have really been enjoying hills lately on my runs – they’re a fun challenge without being too taxing.
Sunday: Rest day
After a stressful work week for Ryan, we slept in and opted to not go skiing. The weather wasn’t ideal anyway – 45 degrees and raining at the ski center. Some weeks, a complete rest day just feels necessary. We perused gear at REI (I’ve got my eye on a new Patagonia rain jacket once we receive our dividend), watched more MCU movies, and took the dogs for a walk in a park.
How was your week in running?
What time of day do you prefer to run?
How often do you take a complete rest day?