This week in training has been an interesting one. I feel like I’ve been from one extreme to the other this week! So here’s how the week went:
Sunday: I completed my first Ultra Marathon today! 31.07 miles done! While I’m very proud of the accomplishment, I’m not eager to run that distance again. It was a ton of fun (most of the time) to be running an easy pace with good friends. Somewhere around mile 24 it wasn’t so fun but I managed to make it to the finish line. Those last few miles were quite painful but it really made me appreciate the marathon distance. You wouldn’t think that 5 miles after running 26.2 would be that tough but it is. And now I appreciate only running 26.2 miles and being done. Here’s me with my finisher’s medal and me with two of my favorite running friends (and the ones I blame for this :)):
Monday: Getting out of bed the day after running a marathon is always interesting. Those first few steps tell you everything you need to know in regards to how you feel. If you’re in a great deal of pain when you step out of bed, it’s going to be bad. I was pleasantly surprised when I started walking. I had some pain and was moving slow but it wasn’t that bad. Considering I had severe ankle pain the week before and wasn’t able to even walk on it, I was thrilled to have only a normal amount of post-race pain. Even the morning of the race, my ankle was hurting badly enough that I probably shouldn’t have run. But, quite fortunately, it worked out well for me. I was even able to take the stairs at work (up AND down). If you’ve ever run a marathon and then attempted stairs, you’ll understand this one. Workout-wise, this was a rest day. I kinda felt like I earned it 🙂
Tuesday: Two rest days in a row?!? What is this? Although I felt better than yesterday, I still wasn’t quite ready to start working out again. Perhaps I just needed the mental break. So I took it!
Wednesday: Two rest days is enough for me! I wasn’t quite ready to run yet but started having those thoughts of running and planning my next race and training plan. But I am focused on a good recovery so hit the elliptical instead. 35 minutes on the elliptical and I worked up a good sweat and got those endorphins going! It’s not running, but it’ll do for now!
Thursday: Today I wasn’t feeling well. I think the combination of the ultra, some stress in my life, and a lack of sleep all hit me at once. So I opted for a rest day and slept all afternoon.
Friday: I intended to go to the gym today but failed to pack my gym bag. I could have easily worked out at home but didn’t. I’ve figured out that I do much, much, much better having a firm plan on the calendar. So now I have one!
Saturday: Normally I run with my ladies running group on Saturday mornings and love that time with them. But today I felt like I needed more of a break from everything and wanted to sleep in. I love being up in the morning and getting stuff done but sometimes it gets to be draining. After sleeping in until 7:30, I felt completely refreshed! The weather was beautiful outside so I went outside and ran along the shoreline trail for 6 easy miles. The miles weren’t speedy or great but getting some miles on my legs felt wonderful and I loved the time of solitude. And I can’t wait to run with my friends again soon!
How was your training this week? Do you have a regular schedule or just wing it?