Week 6: Sore Calves and Snowflake Emojis (75 miles)
After a month of solid training, this week has not been the prime of my training. After running a great race last weekend I wanted to continue my training. I will be the first to admit my fire was lit and I was ready to train hard. I wanted to power through another great week of nonslogging miles. Unfortunately my body said no thanks.
With that I tried to stay positive and relaxed. I focused on foam rolling and getting easy mileage in. Why I thought I might be able to handle a tempo run (my thought process at the beginning of the week) is beyond me… There were a couple of things I did after the Lake Effect Half Marathon that I knew were a poor choice and would result in sore muscles.
1. I didn’t cool down or shake out my legs. I kind of did a single mile cool down chatting with people but I did not shake out my legs and instead I got in a car and drove 6 hours. The lactic acid built up in my legs like too much PAM on a waffle iron. Gross.
2. I started looking forward to my solid 2 weeks of training for Shamrock instead of recovering. I should have foam rolled the day after, two days after but the first time my legs touched a foam roller was Wednesday.
|Monday:||10.62 treadmill 8:56|
|Tuesday:||11.4 easy untimed|
|Thursday:||13.3 (8:16 pace)||P90X|
|Saturday:||15.5 Trails with Tim|
In summary this how my week looked: sore calves, bundled up in layers and snowflake emojis.
Monday’s run actually felt fine. I didn’t feel tired or sluggish. I just felt like I had done a hard workout the day before.
Tuesday hit me like a ton of bricks. It could have partially been because I didn’t sleep well, had DOMS and hadn’t stretched or even worn compression sleeves but that run felt absolutely miserable. I wish I hadn’t run outdoors in the park because if I had on the treadmill I would have stopped. Lucky for me by the time I wanted to stop the shortest route back made it over 11 miles. I should say that I didn’t completely awful or injury prone, I just felt like I didn’t want to be running. My mental toughness was at a 0.
So I took Wednesday off and relaxed and felt a lot better on Thursday.
Despite the cold weather, I felt awesome on Thursday and averaged my usual 8-8:30 nonslogging pace. Friday was a little too cold for me and I ran indoors. I felt great on Friday and it gave me the confidence that I was about 50% recovered.
Saturday I did a long a run in the park with Tim. It felt good and it was nice to be able to run with someone. Another reason I was mentally struggling this week was because of running alone in the cold. Sunday my plan is to an easy shakeout run before it snows.
It was a lot less core and strength than I wanted last week but hopefully I’ll get back to it this week!
Goals for next week:
I am hoping to continue my recovery and find a 5k or 10k next weekend. After taking Wednesday off, my legs felt 100 times better so I’m hoping to continue progressing
Questions for you:
How was your week of training?
Do races make you hungry to be better or do you normally like rest?
Honestly after races I like to rest and relax. I don’t know what came over me this week. I think the fact that I wasn’t expecting to do so well and thought the Lake Effect would be more of an 80% effort versus 95% caused me hungry for a faster half.