Happy Valentines day!! 6 weeks of training for Glass City Marathon done already? Time flies! We’re into some longer miles now, and had 6 days of running this week. 41 miles of running this week and my PT work is really paying off. Woohoo! I also finished two audiobooks: Marathon Woman, by Kathrine Switzer and Ready Player Two, by Ernest Cline. Both were great books I highly recommend!
Mon – 5 miles, treadmill. I’m feeling a bit sore today. Not sure if that is left over from Saturday’s long run, or if using the elliptical is causing some issues. I’ll have to stop using the elliptical to see. I had a PT appointment today and wow! My therapist digs in deep to loosen up my glutes and hamstring muscles. She also uses the percussive massager. What a great tool! I always end up having a headache after that, but it really does feel good for my muscles. We did a little more tuning of the exercises and added some in some stretching for my shoulders. Also worked out some running form changes. It was a good visit.
After the tough workover at PT, only 15 mins of strength was on my radar. Got it done!
Tues – Track night! 5.25 miles. Tonight was 4 x 1200 with 1 min rest, plus warmup and cooldown. This workout felt really good! My knee did not hurt, although it did feel a bit different. Best part of the workout was when the programmer director was DJ and started playing requests as we ran past him. It’s always a fun boost when you get to hear a song you like!
Weds – 4 miles, treadmill. This run was a challenge. This was the first week we had a Weds run on the schedule, and honestly, it was not beneficial to me – at least not a morning run. I need more than 12 hours recovery between runs. So, I’ll come up with something else instead of a Weds morning run! Wednesday is Weights Day. Got it done!
Thurs – 8 miles, with pace miles. Workout was 2 miles easy, 5 miles at race pace and 1 mile cool down. I thought I might not have a good place to run outside because the trail wasn’t plowed, but by the time I got there it was. Woohoo! It was a cold one (15, feels like 6) and I had to watch out for ice, but this run turned out really good! I wore my skirt again to try it out, and it worked well without a water belt on top of it. The pace miles (9:00) were still a little challenging, but getting better (most were 8:55). Overall this run really rocked 🙂
Then I went shoe shopping at Dave’s Running Shop!! I also bought some socks and Tailwind. I picked up a pair of Kinvaras that were marked down, but also a new style to me – Saucony Endorphin Speed. I didn’t know a whole lot about them when I bought them. I just tried them on and liked the fit. Turns out they have a composite plate and SPEEDROLL technology that makes “faster running feel better”. Maybe they are “cheater” shoes? That’s what my friends call shoes with plates in them, like the Nike Vaporfly. I’m not sure but I can’t wait to try them out! They are also a lot lower priced than Vaporfly. Winning!
Fri – 4 miles easy. I’m pretty sure you would have seen a smile on my face if you passed me on this run. I was so happy to be running and my body was feeling good. Feeling good after a hard run? That hasn’t happened in a long time. And… Happy Chinese New Year (Garmin badge)!
Sat – 14 miles, long run. We had a good turnout at the group run. It was another cold morning (19, feels like 10), but we’re all getting used to it now!
I stopped by to get my Starbucks treat and probably should have worn gloves while I held my drink. My hands looked really scary by the time I got home. Eeek! (36 more free drinks left)
Sun – Rest day. I will NOT be using the elliptical today. I will be enjoying some chocolate, and looking at these beautiful flowers that Alan got for me 🙂 We will also make it out for a walk today to get this sticker in the mileage challenge.
And finally, this gave me a good laugh. My running group can totally relate!! We’ve been having a lot of “fun” lately! 😂
Q: Have you tried any of the shoes with plate technology?
Q: Any special Valentines plans today?