I can tell I’m tapering because I feel blah, my whole body feels tired, and I ache everywhere! Nothing in particular, just general fatigue. This was my lowest mileage week since July. As I approached this week, I was relieved for the lower mileage but worried that it was too low. I wasn’t sure how I felt about tapering down to 44 miles but I think I needed it. For the majority of the week, my whole body felt tired, sore and stiff. Now all that’s left to do is to focus on the week ahead, rest as much as I can, and take as many Epsom salt baths as possible to relieve any residual aches and pains.
Monday, 9/28 – Pole Fitness
I enjoyed last Monday’s rest day from running so much that I reorganized my week to make it happen again. Like last week, I had one rest day from running planned and it was initially scheduled for Friday. But I raced the 10K on Saturday, ran a moderately paced 17 on Sunday and knew that I would benefit more from the rest on Monday. I’d already spent the weekend running on tired legs. I also knew I had my final track workout planned for Tuesday. So I slept in and relaxed after work until pole class. My sister in law (on the right) and I have been working on this pose called a Side Saddle Superman, and we keep trying to get a picture of it together. She can do it really well (normally way better than me, she is awesome at pole) but kept slipping out of it for some reason! This was the closest one we got:
Tuesday, 9/29 – Track Workout, 8 Miles w/3 x 1600 + Core
It was overcast, but 80 degrees and SO FREAKING HUMID. Like 98% humidity. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go for this workout since the track I normally use was being ripped up and I just wasn’t into the treadmill. As I was leaving work, I decided to drive past the parking lot where our new track is located (the one that’s kept under lock and key). IT WAS UNLOCKED. The football team was practicing on the field. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. Track workouts are sort of personal to me – there’s always the weird faces I make when I’m trying to bust out fast paces, plus the hissy fits I throw when the workout is either really hard or not going my way. There’s also a very good chance that I might shit my pants at any given point in time. Not exactly moments I want the kids I teach to witness. But I couldn’t bring myself to go to the treadmill and really wanted to see if I got kicked off of the track, so I got changed and got started.
First of all, the new track is AMAZING. I’ll take some pictures next time but I was already that creepy teacher doing mile repeats in booty shorts (it was all I had with me – had I known where I was going to end up I would have definitely packed something different) while the football team practiced. I didn’t need to add “creepy teacher in booty shorts taking pictures of the football team” to that. Anyway, I warmed up and ran three miles comfortably. I could already tell that my legs felt decent, but my lungs with the humidity was another story. I chugged some water and began the repeats. My goal range was 6:10-6:20/mile. I did 6:15, 6:14, 6:16! I walked 400m in between each one. Overall pace including warm up, cool down, and my recovery walks was 8:07. Very consistent, and my legs actually felt really good – but my lungs wouldn’t let me move any faster. I didn’t feel completely spent during the cool down, and that’s when the skies opened up and began to pour. I wrapped up my workout and the football team was still going strong. Luckily, there were no hissy fits or pooping of the pants that day. Winning. I managed to do some drills before I left, and MYTRLs and core at home.
Wednesday, 9/30 – Recovery Run, 5 Miles + Pole Fitness
Pretty uneventful – it was a bit warm and humid, but a nice day to be out running. Nice, easy five mile recovery run. When I looked at my splits after, I realized I negative split the run and my last mile was my fastest, all by feel. I was excited. Overall pace, 8:25. Finished up with drills and MYRTLs. Headed to pole class and had some success learning a few new moves, but got a little better of a shot of is in our Side Saddle Supermans:
Still not perfect but I think that would be such a cute picture if we can both get into it perfectly at the same time!! Cassie (in the picture, on the right) is one of the sister-in-laws that roped me into going to these classes to begin with!
Thursday, 10/1 – 8 Mile General Aerobic Run + Pole Fitness
I can tell some of the life is starting to come back into my legs. I still don’t feel rested and ready just yet, but I finally went out and ran a nice 8 miler at a moderate pace and didn’t feel like I wanted to die by the end. Lately, I haven’t been able to pick up the pace on these general aerobic runs because I’m either saving my legs for the track, a tempo run, a medium long run or a long run. Or simply because they are just trashed. But this run felt good! Negative splits, managed two marathon paced miles sprinkled in there with my last mile as my fastest. Overall pace, 7:32. Finished up with drills and MYTRLs. Made progress in pole class on a pose called the Titanic, which I’d learned the previous night:
It’s such a pretty pose and it’s deceivingly difficult! It’s your inner thighs that hold you on the pole and that can be a little painful, but it’s easy to forget to keep gripping with your legs and all of a sudden you are sliding off the pole!
Friday, 10/2– Recovery Run, 4 Miles + Pole Fitness + Core
I thought my legs would be trash on Friday morning since I just ran and went to pole class less than 12 hours before, but I felt pretty decent and went out in the early morning hours for an easy recovery run. Overall pace, 8:36. Went to pole class directly after work and started working on some fun combinations. Besides the Titanic pose from earlier in the week, I’ve been taking poses I already learned and I’m working on linking them together. Ended the night with pizza, couch time, and Netflix with my husband.
Saturday, 10/3 – 13 Mile Run + Pole Fitness
I met Kathy for our long run this weekend, and she was doing 20-21 miles while I only needed 13. It was such a treat to get to sleep in a little, since she began running at 6am, and I met her at 7am. The downside was that it was rainy, super windy and chilly! It cleared up a bit as we ran but it was so windy. Overall pace, 7:35. I was able to grab a coffee, go home, and take a quick Epsom salt bath to warm up before heading to pole class. I worked on some really fun combinations again – I am so loving this workout! I don’t even feel like I’m working out, it’s just fun!
Sunday, 10/4 – 6 Mile Recovery Run + Core/PT
I felt tired as I headed out for this run, but once I got started it was great. The weather was awesome, and my legs didn’t feel too bad. Overall pace, 8:18. Headed to the gym for some drills, MYRTLs, abs and to catch up on some of the PT exercises I do for my Achilles. It was an enjoyable run and an uneventful Sunday.
Swim: 0 meters ♥ Bike: 0 miles ♥ Run: 44 miles
I’m really looking forward to my recovery period that I have planned for November. I had all the time in the world to cross train all summer long, but since school began I don’t have time to fit everything in that I enjoy. I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to do all of the miles that I planned, and excited that I can get to the pole studio as often as I’ve been going. I haven’t been on my bike and I haven’t gotten in the pool, and I miss it. I’m excited for the recovery period from this marathon, but I do have another marathon in November so really, the recovery won’t begin until then. I’m excited for an honest to goodness recovery season this year.
How was your week? Are you planning on taking any kind of recovery period between fall and spring race training?