Harder ‘N Hell Half Training: Week 2

The week that wasn’t.

Monday: 4.3 mi, trails (Bagley)
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 4.1 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk), 2.3 mi at tempo
Thursday: rest
Friday: rest
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 5.5 mi, road
Total: 14.1 mi (Strava’s rounding is weird)

I have no regrets about taking off three days in a row. It was absolutely the right decision and allowed me to rest up and shake off whatever was bothering me physically. Of course, it’s Monday and I’ve undone all the great sleep I got over the weekend.

I did yoga all three rest days, plus on Sunday. I have found that my body is a lot more receptive to yoga if I do it after a run. My muscles and connective tissues are looser and ready to stretch and contort moreso than they are when I haven’t run. This is obvious, but I didn’t think everything would be SO tight if I hadn’t run, so I need to work on my flexibility more.

I ran on the road on Sunday, to ease back into things (if you can call 5.5 miles “easing,” which I don’t really, but some people like to say “Oh I just did a quick 6 mile recovery run with a stroller and I barely looked at my watch and somehow I was averaging a sub 7 pace, teehee! Just a slow slog!”) as I’ve been logging a lot of trail miles lately, which is probably wearing me out a little more than the mostly-road running I did training for my 5 mile race. My hips are a little sore but other than that, I feel energized today, even though I’ve only had 1/3 the normal dose of coffee. I think that’s a good sign. I am ready to start a great training week this week, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the next 10 weeks go smoothly.

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