Manic Monday – 06/23/14

Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and lay out a plan for the following week.

This was my first normal week back at home after vacation and wedding ridiculousness.  On the whole, I think it went really well.  From here on out, I am in taper mode until the half on June 29.  If I can just keep my hydration up, get lots of sleep, and keep a lid on my nutrition, I should be good.

Monday (Scheduled Cross-Training Day)

I rode my bike to and from work, for a total of ~7.4 miles.  It was sunny and warm, and it felt great to be back in the metaphorical saddle.  Instead of focusing on getting to and from work as quickly as possible, I just took my time and enjoyed the ride today.  It was great!

Tuesday (Scheduled 3 Mile Run)

I rode my bike to and from work, for a total of about 7.4 miles.  I decided to run after work, in order to continue acclimating myself to higher temps and humidity.  I’ll be honest, even though this run was only 2.5 miles, it sucked.  I’m gonna blame a lot of that on the fact that I drank a bunch of juice and ate cottage cheese right before I left work, and hope that my next few runs are better.

Wednesday (Scheduled Cross-Training Day)

I rode my bike to and work (~3.7 miles), and then I went for a bike ride after work with my friend Sharon, and did about another 12 miles.  I was pooped!

Thursday (Scheduled 3 Mile Run)

I was tired and cranky all day, so I decided to just relax, other than riding to and from work (~7.4 miles).  Ben and I had a nice, healthy dinner, played some video games, and went to bed early.

Friday (Scheduled Rest Day)

Since I didn’t run on Thursday, I headed out for a 4 mile run after work.  I’m still trying to acclimate myself to heat and humidity, because there’s no telling what the weather will be like next Sunday.  It was perfect running weather and I really enjoyed my out and back along the lake.

Photo Jun 20, 5 58 17 PM

Saturday (Scheduled 7 Mile Run)

Note to self:  when your first half marathon is only a week away, DO NOT GO HIKING.  Your friends will convince you it’s a great idea, and then you’ll spend hours going straight up a mountain, climbing rocks, rolling your ankles, and feeling uncomfortable twinges in your knees.  You will also be too exhausted to do your long run.

Photo Jun 21, 1 05 35 PM

While in retrospect, I question my judgement in attempting this hike, the 360 degree panoramic view from the top of Mount Hunger was insanely beautiful.

Sunday (Scheduled Rest Day)

I REALLY rested.  My legs were incredibly sore from the hike on Saturday, so I spent a lot of time playing video games and watching movies.  I also spent some quality time with my foam roller and hand-held massager.

I have a few goals for this upcoming week, mostly related to the half on Sunday (eep!)

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
  2. Stay in a positive headspace.
  3. Get lots of sleep
  4. Eat well–don’t get caught up in “carb loading” just for the sake of eating a lot.

We are now T-minus 7 days till “The Big One.”  You can catch me weather stalking, outfit planning, and generally freaking out every minute of every day until Sunday.

Do you enjoy hiking?  Where do you usually hike?

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8 thoughts on “Manic Monday – 06/23/14

  1. SuzLyfe says:

    Carb loading is magical. That is all. A piece of advice? Unsolicited, of course 😀 Eat more in the start of the week–get lots of protein, carbs, fats, veggies, everything. Then, a few days out, start to lay off raw veg–steamed is far better at this point, heavy/rich foods (keep avocado and nut butters in there, but don’t go for fried things) and, in my experience, switch over to more digestable proteins. For me this is less steak and more eggs, tuna, turkey, the like. I have a post about what I eat the day before a half/big race that you might find interesting http://suzlyfe.com/2014/04/novelties-and-rituals/
    Of course, I am pretty regimented in what I eat right before, and also, I’ve eaten huge salads right before big races, but that is what works for me.
    Again, completely unsolicited advice, but I felt like throwing it out there!

    • DarlinRae says:

      I appreciate any and all advice at this point! I definitely don’t want to run with a rock in my stomach, so it will be lots of lighter protein for me. I’m hoping I can convince my dad to make me some spaghetti on Saturday night–he makes the BEST sauce 🙂

  2. runsaltrun says:

    I love hiking and haven’t been in years.
    I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOUR RACE!!! And to read all about your taper crazies. 🙂 You’re going to do great. And also I love Suz’s advice. She’s so smart. 🙂

  3. dgobs says:

    I love hiking! I haven’t gone in quite a while, but I used to wander around the Blue Hills (south of Boston) all the time. More recently I’ve explored the Fells (north of Boston) and am hoping to get back out there again soon.
    Good luck with your race!! You’re going to rock it! 🙂

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