I intended this week to be a cutback week after all of my racing, but I did not intend to cutback as much as I did. I ended up taking three rest days this week (although two were unplanned, due to catching a cold), ran three days, and cross trained one. We can call it listening to my body, but I think my mind played a big role this week. It is what it is.
Monday- Rest day following the Asheville Half Marathon.
Tuesday- 3 mile run on the treadmill. I took it nice and easy, since my legs were still a bit sore from Sunday’s race. It did feel good to get moving for awhile. It was below freezing outside and after the cold and rainy weekend, I had no interest in being outside.
Wednesday- Rest day. This was an unplanned rest day after I came down with a cold and had a long day at work. It turns out you’re almost guaranteed to get sick when you spend 6 hours outside in the rain when it is 40 degrees. Especially when you’re soaking wet and freezing for the majority of that time. Go figure.
Thursday- 4 mile run on the treadmill. I don’t know what kind of alternate reality we’re living in where I’d choose the treadmill over a run outside when it’s sunny and 50 degrees, but we’re there. I think part of it was I had spent too much time on the road this week at work, and I just didn’t feel like being around cars or other people. Nevertheless, it was a good run. I ran the last 3 miles under 10 minute pace.
Friday- Rest day. Another unplanned rest day. I intended to do a short run after work, but instead I fell asleep on the couch for about 1.5 hours. I figured it was my body’s way of telling me it still needed a break. Message received.
Saturday- 6 mile run with Kim on the Dora and New River Trails. It felt good to get out there for a run, but I definitely didn’t feel like anything over 6 miles. There was a bit of spring in the air, with temperatures in the mid-40’s. My favorite. The spring weather was short lived, though, as we’re expecting snow tomorrow.
Sunday- Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones DVD workout. I felt tired, and at times weak/shaky and lightheaded during this workout, but I managed not to “phone it in” in the words of Jillian. I’m not sure why I felt so tired. I had just given both of the dogs baths right before this workout, but that shouldn’t be enough to wear me out. But then again, this workout is is probably the toughest workout DVD I have. It’s a tough workout for me on a good day, and even more so on a bad one.
Total miles: 13 miles