This will probably be the most boring weekly workout recap ever, but I’ll do it anyway. I decided to push it off until today because I was excited to share my pole routine with you yesterday. That probably more interesting than a bunch of rest days.
I took a solid 24 hours after Boston and let myself have at it – eat all of the food, watch all of the TV, be as inactive as possible – but then, it was back to active recovery and tapering for my magical Kentucky marathon. But I promised myself a break – a break from diet, a break from running, a break from structure – post Kentucky. I bargained with myself in the last 10K of the marathon. If my legs would just hold on a little bit longer, I would give them some quality down time. I was ready to run by Monday or Tuesday, but I refrained. It rained every single day last week, and I wasn’t in the mood to fight with the elements when I didn’t have to.
A big part of why I chose to log couch time instead of miles had to do with my resting heart rate. Over the past year, I’ve been wearing a Fitbit. I mostly use it to track activity and calorie burn. Over this training cycle, I got really into monitoring my resting heart rate. Before all of my Hansons training, my resting heart rate hovered around 50-55 bpm average. Once my training kicked in, it lowered significantly – all the way down to 41 bpm. I found that I operated well if I could keep my resting heart rate around 41-45 bpm. After Boston, it stayed consistent and everything was fine. After Kentucky, it shot up to 50 bpm. It hadn’t been that high since January. No matter how good my legs felt, it was time for a rest. I don’t want to start my next round of training “overtrained” – I want to feel fresh. I decided not to lace up my running shoes again until my resting heart rate dipped below 50.
After my old PR in Charlevoix in 2014, I took a week off of running but cross trained like crazy. I never actually rested. My first run back was an aggressively paced eight mile run that left me in tears. It ended abruptly before I hit mile five with a serious calf strain. This past fall, I trained hard and ran Hartford. I felt decent enough afterwards, so I continued to run easy all week. That would’ve been fine, except I got the brilliant idea to race the Runner’s World Half Marathon the following weekend. I thought that since I didn’t PR at Hartford, I must have had some gas left in the tank. Guess what happened at mile three of that race? A calf strain that resulted in the end of my season. I still “ran” the rest of my races, but it got really ugly. So this week, I embraced rest.
Following the fall and over the holidays, I was certain I lost every ounce of fitness I gained over the past two years. I took a solid 30 days off of running and gained a bunch of weight. It was split up – not 30 consecutive days – but it felt super shitty to return to running. Except once I got my legs back under me, I felt great. There is no question that losing a little fitness and recovering is beneficial. I don’t want to take 30 days off again, and I don’t want to feel super shitty on my return to running. I also don’t want to gain a bunch of weight. It isn’t reasonable to stay at racing weight 100% of the time, so moderation is key. My goal this time around is to take one day off or easy for every mile I raced in Kentucky. So as of today, nine days down and 17 to go. I started running this week, but it’s all short and easy.
To kick off my recovery, I did whatever I felt like doing last week. If I wanted to eat brownies for dinner, then I ate brownies for dinner. If I wanted to park my ass on the couch and binge watch bad TV, fine. It was glorious, but I’m ready to add some miles to my schedule and get back into a routine.
I don’t have any new running or pole pictures to share with you, so here is a delicious mascarpone martini I had on Saturday after I performed my pole routine. I never get fancy drinks but mascarpone? YAS.
I know I posted my Kentucky finish line picture basically everywhere, I thought the way I got it was pretty cool. I was sitting on my couch on Tuesday night, and an email popped up:
I thought that since the image was part of my image gallery from the race, it came up as my invitation to view my photos. Until my friend Jenny posted this same screenshot on Facebook a few minutes after and tagged me in it, saying “look what I got in my e-mail!” I was excited.
I suppose I should also share my week of “workouts” with you, since that was the point of my post:
- Monday: Core/Pole Fitness
- Tuesday: Rest
- Wednesday: Pole Fitness
- Thursday: Pole Fitness
- Friday: Pole Fitness
- Saturday: Pole Fitness
- Sunday: Rest
I threw the towel in with core work and strength training since I’d been extremely diligent about doing it every single day since February 1st. I’m back on that train this week. I meant to get out and bike, but it was nasty and rainy and I didn’t feel like riding my trainer…so I didn’t!
♥ Run: 0 ♥
How was your week? How do you recover at the end of each season?