Training: 58 Miles

The previous week of training did not go as anticipated.  I got the stomach bug after (stupidly) using coffee creamer that I probably shouldn’t. It didn’t smell or look bad but looking back it was pretty old.

Long story short it caused me to take a couple days off from running because my stomach hurt.

Monday: 10 miles easy Core 15 minutes
Tuesday: 10 miles fast finish
Wednesday: OFF
Thursday: OFF
Friday: 10 miles (with ten striders)
Saturday: Belmar 5 (33:04)
Sunday: 15 mile long run Core 15 minutes

On Monday I felt pretty good. My deep tissue massage last Saturday left me feeling fresh. I took the run easy since it was two days post firecracker race. My body is the most susceptible to injury two days after a race. On Monday I finished my run and felt excited to see how the week would go.

On Tuesday I was able to battle through the heat with a fast finish run. It wasn’t anything interesting but I finished the last 2 miles much faster than the first 8.

As I said earlier Wednesday and Thursday were rest days for me. I normally have a stomach of steal but I believe I used creamer that was probably bad. It led to feeling an extremely uncomfortable and lying around most of both days. However no one gets injured from extra rest days…

On Friday I decided to run. I didn’t feel as awful as I anticipated but my stomach cramped the entire run and my legs felt stiff.   If it wasn’t for some newly downloaded Iggy Azalea music, I don’t know how I would have made it through.

Thanks Iggy
Thanks Iggy

On Saturday I raced the Belmar 5. Despite all of my issues I didn’t feel as bad as I anticipated. The race didn’t go as well as I would have liked but it wasn’t a complete loss. I’m satisfied with the results but I know I can run faster.

Cooling down on the shore
Cooling down on the shore

Then on Sunday I did a 15-mile long run.  Instead of doing 25 miles for my 25th birthday, I ran about 25k. It’s my longest run since the marathon.   Even though I’m training for shorter races right now, I think it’s important to occasionally get a longer run in. Not every week needs a long run but it worked out well this week. Surprisingly my long run was my best run of the week.

I started to log my core workouts here again. Recently I have been doing more core but with my stomach this week the last thing I wanted to do was upset it.

Next week:

I hope to get back on the consistent bandwagon of adding more speed work.

Questions for you:

Do you have a stomach of steel?

I normally do but last week really knocked me down.

What was your best workout last week?

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  1. Glad you are feeling better from the stomach bug, those are the worst. I know some people choose to run through a cold but with stomach issues, there is not much choice. Plus your system takes a few days to get over it because of refueling the empty tank…

    Hooray for a good race and a sports massage! I’m not sure about being susceptible to injury but I usually “feel” the race more 2 days after than the next day.

  2. You had a good week of training despite being out for a few days! My stomach is pretty tough, but if I do have problems I can usually trace it back to something that was out of date. I don’t know why I don’t think to check these things before I buy/eat them. It drives my husband crazy. Haha. My best workout was a nice little tempo run! I also got a massage and I loved it! Not a typical thing for me.

  3. Wow you had a great week despite the stomach bug!! I looooove running to Iggy. She makes me feel badass even though I’m 100% not. I usually have a pretty strong stomach so I always know when I eat something that has gone bad!

  4. You know, I used to have a stomach of steel but now there are definitely things I have to eat with caution! Glad you’re feeling better!

  5. My stomach is definitely not made of steel. It was queasy at the thought of old creamer! Haha. Best workout last week was my longer run. It was nice to just zone out and enjoy the run without any pressure. Finally getting back to adding long runs to my weekend as I start a new training cycle. Glad you’re feeling better! No more creamer for you! : )

  6. The stomach issue is ironic considering it was the day after we were talking about runner’s trots. Oops. I guess we should have knocked on wood? Do you think it was the creamer from the cafe?!?!!

    That day was doomed. Hahahaha.

  7. I used to have a stomach of steel and compared to others it is still pretty good but not AS good as it used to be.I’m pretty grateful it is as strong as it is though. Glad you are better!

  8. I love how unstructured your training seems to be these days–it’s clearly working and I wish more runners could learn to go with the flow like this. and yes, I do have a stomach of steel and I’m thankful for that!

    1. I don’t think I really ever have a structured training plan. I like to keep it pretty casual. 🙂

  9. “I’m satisfied with the results but I know I can run faster.” <– totally digging this. It's an acknowledgement that training is paying off, but it also shows you're still motivated and eager to improve. I'm right there with you. 🙂

  10. I usually have a stomach of steel. When I get sick I can only eat peanut butter and jelly on white bread. Anything else makes me retch. My favorite workout was bike sprinting. It feels good to go fast using a different exercise.

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