Last week’s workouts focused on training for a strong finish at the end of a long race. The week itself was also a practice in a strong finish: I felt exhausted for a few days in a row during the middle of the week, but finished the week strong with a great long run, a solid 40 miles for the week, and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!
Monday: 7 mile easy run & strength training
Some runs with Ollie are interesting. On this run, Ollie nearly leaped into the bog (with me attached) when he noticed two ducks. He has gone into full-on bird-dog mode recently and you can see the crazy in his eyes when he notices a duck, goose, or even a robin. He has a new toy that’s a duck, and he carries it around the apartment and shakes it vigorously… so needless to say, whenever I see ducks nearby, I shorten his leash or stop completely. I don’t want another repeat of the time he caught a rabbit!
For strength training, I completed a quick kettlebell workout at home. I usually tag along with Ryan to the gym, but he was resting after his half marathon and I couldn’t muster the motivation to go by myself. Instead, I did three sets of kettlebell swings, squats, kettlebell single leg deadlifts, kettlebell snatch presses, and kettlebell sumo squats to high pulls at home.
Tuesday: 8 x 1K repeats (9 miles total)
8 x 1K is one of my favorite workouts, but I did a different twist on it this week. Instead of running all the intervals at 10K pace, I alternated between half marathon pace and 5K pace. Half marathon pace ends up feeling decently comfortable when compared to 5K pace. This workout required a careful focus on pace and a hard effort by the final 5K interval, but was a fun challenge.
Wednesday: 6 mile run
A friend had the day off work, so we met up for a 6 mile easy run. Runs pass by so much more quickly when done with friends!
I was exhausted on Wednesday. After years on medication and then my surgery in December, I finally got my first real period in over 10 years and the fatigue was palpable. I skipped my strength training workout and took a mile long walk with Ryan instead to get fresh air. On the bright side, my surgery did help with cramps (I think and I hope… this is only one data point and I did take Aleve for a few days).
I was wiped on Thursday (thanks, hormones), so I gladly took a rest day. I needed some fresh air and exercise, so Ryan and I took a 3-mile walk in the evening.
Friday: 13 mile progression run
This run went really well! The weather was chilly and sunny, which definitely helped. I finally felt back to my normal energy levels. I kept an easy pace for 10 miles and increased the effort to comfortably hard for the final three miles. I cranked out a 7:21, 7:13, and 7:18 for those three miles and felt as if I could have kept going.
Saturday: 5 mile recovery run
When I was harnessing up Ollie for this run, Charlie spun in excited circles in front of the door, so I couldn’t resist taking him as well. Ryan, Ollie, Charlie, and I ran 5 easy-paced miles. We all decked out in green for St. Patrick’s Day!
After our run, Ryan and I went out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s one of our favorite holidays – Ryan’s an engineer (St. Patrick is the patron of engineers) and I’m a quarter Irish/Scottish. We enjoyed Irish stout and corned beef and cabbage and the weather was nice enough to eat and drink outside.
Ryan and I had the intentions of skiing, but when we got out of Mass, the sun was starting to peak out from the clouds. Instead of skiing, we opted to enjoy the warm weather and took an hour-long walk. After our walk, I did a magic circle Pilatesology workout.
How was your week in running?
Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
Are you more likely to skip strength training or a run when not feeling 100%?