Last week was a cutback week – not by need, but for convenience. We spent two nights camping in Southern Indiana and while I could have packed gear for trail running, I opted for a relaxing weekend, four days of running, and a hike. I used to try to squeeze in all my runs before a weekend trip, but my body simply cannot handle that right now. Or maybe, more accurately, I’m going a little easier on myself, since I know my body needs it right now.
Monday: 4 mile easy run & injury prevention work
The second trimester is an odd tension of high energy and slow recovery. After 31 miles last week and a rest day that was spent doing hours of housework, yard work, and paint prep, I felt aching on Monday morning. I opted for a short easy run and some injury prevention work. I had tight muscles throughout the entire run, but like a good recovery run, I felt better when I finished than when I started.
By Monday afternoon, the weather was beautiful. I took the dogs on a long walk through the park. Charlie loves the sunshine!
Tuesday: 7 mile run
For this week’s faster workout, I opted for a bread-and-butter, always good workout: 2 mile warm-up, 3 miles tempo, 2 mile cooldown. It’s hard to say if this was exactly a tempo run, more so just a faster effort for three miles. Pregnancy has skewed my perception of effort and lowered my exercise ceiling. I started at a moderate effort and pushed a bit harder with each mile, while still keeping my ventilatory rate under control. My splits were 7:57, 7:48, and 7:41/mile. I was really happy with this run!
Wednesday: 6 mile run
Ollie and I headed out for an early run. On nice days, we see plenty of other people and dogs, almost like an impromptu 6 AM run club. I felt relaxed and comfortable on this run.
Thursday: Strength training
I did a similar strength workout to last week, with just a few variations. I included lateral band walks, goblet reverse lunges, bent over rows, side planks, kettlebell swings, shoulder presses, and deadbugs for a simple 30-minute strength workout.
Usually, I round out a strength training day with a 30 minute or longer walk with the dogs. On Thursday, however, no such walk happened, as a thunderstorm rolled in for the afternoon.
Friday: 3 mile easy run
It was 97% humidity on this run! Ryan and I ran a short loop before heading out of town for a weekend of camping. Companionship makes the humidity far more tolerable!
Saturday & Sunday: Camping!
We camped this weekend with my parents down at Turkey Run State Park. Saturday’s weather was beautiful, albeit hot. We enjoyed a leisurely 3 mile hike with the dogs on the “very rugged” trails. I remember how years ago, before we lived in Seattle, these trails challenged my fitness, even though I was a runner. Now, at five months pregnant, the trails posed no problem at all.
We intended to hike on Sunday morning, until we awoke to rain and a forecast threatening thunderstorms.
How was your week in running?