67 AntiRecovery Miles

Back to these Sunday things.

Monday: 10.52 miles (8:23 pace) after traveling 10.5 hours on an airplane.  I was really proud of myself for getting that done.
Tuesday: 10.5 miles treadmill
Wednesday: 10.25 treadmill (felt terrible…sluggish)
Thursday: 10.25 miles outdoors (felt terrible again)
Friday: Which led to an off day…the day before a race.
Saturday: Spring Forward 15k (1:04.15) total miles: 17
Sunday: 10 shake out
Total: 67 miles

Running:

The whole week my legs were pretty tired.  Besides the weekend runs, my runs felt not so great.  They were miserable, I just wanted them to be over.  That led to me taking a day off (why I don’t plan rest days…I take them when I need it).

It at least rejuvenated me (that or the fact that it was 50 degrees and sunny at the race).  The 15k went better than expected.  It was a hilly course, I’ll recap it later but from my training week you can obviously tell that I wasn’t fully recovered and wasn’t feeling the greatest.  At least most of these miles were outdoors though.   I had a great time with Laura though and that is all I was really hoping for.  I also won a jar of almond butter…

Recovery:

Why haven’t I been recovering well? 

Any and all of these reasons: my runs the previous week were all on trails, up mountains and chatting (so harder).  I can run 8 miles while not chatting easily, but chatting and running 8 min miles and holding conversation isn’t that easy for me and quite tiring.  My legs were still tired from my half two weeks ago.  My nutrition has been off due to vacation and I haven’t been stretching, massaging and foam rolling.  Yes, most of it is my fault…I’m over it.  I’ll work on that this week when I’m getting back into the swing of things.

All in all, not my best training week but not my worst either.  Worst are injury laden ones.

Next Week: 

The antimotivation train is hard.  I’ve been on it the last week or so.  My body is tired.  I am struggling again being back in Oswego.  (seeing friends and family down south was a tease).  Still like my friends up here though, of course, it was just hard to come back.  Plus the fact that I spent (minus Saturday), Friday and Sunday by myself (no one in the office…no one at home) was somewhat difficult.

Speaking of that since I’m personally struggling right now with reacclamating back up here, I thought I would take this time to just dive back to where I came from.  First, I decided to participate in Mommy Run Fast’s 7 day sugar detox.  I don’t normally have the issue of having too much sugar because I am good with limiting that but I thought I would limit my artificial sweetener intake.  If you know me well, you know I have no issues dumping half a container of splenda, truvia or whatever else into a container of coffee or pancakes.

I think it will be an interesting and difficult week but it has been something I’ve wanted to do since relying on them so heavily after being diagnosed.

Second, I am going to start working and motivating myself for proper recovery.  That means I will stretch, foam roll and ugh (yes) I do need to fork over the 80 dollars for a deep tissue massage.  I know my muscles will thank me.

Third, I’m going to stop feeling sorry for myself.  Yes with the exception of Saturday this weekend was lonely and terrible.  I had almost no face to face human contact on Friday except to sign some forms…almost none on Sunday.  It happens.  People have things to do.  I can’t be hanging out with people solely on my schedule and that’s life.  Is it hard to watch a lot of people celebrating Easter when I’m essentially by myself?  Of course, but that happens when you live alone.  I know this isn’t a forever life choice and I have to get through it.

And of course, Happy Easter.

Questions for you:

How have your workouts been going?

What are your secrets to recovering?