Manic Monday – 11/03/14

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

Well, it’s happened again!  I’ve completed another half marathon.  Spoiler alert:  It went great, and I got a sweet PR!  A full recap will be coming your way on Wednesday if you want the details, but I figure most of you just want the important info up front 😉

Monday (Scheduled 2 Miles Easy)
I managed to squeeze in 2.3 pain-free, sunny miles.  I didn’t go fast, and I didn’t go far, but I was really happy to get a run in.  I’d forgotten how great it can be to sneak out on lunch and run a bit.  As long as the weather is nice, I will be doing this at least once a week!

Photo Oct 27, 12 47 44 PM

Tuesday (Scheduled 2 Miles Easy)
It was rainy and gross on my lunch break, so I decided to be productive instead.  I made a bunch of wedding-related phone calls and appointments, and then watched some Supernatural on Netflix.  And of course, as I was headed back to my desk, it stopped raining and the sun came out.  Whomp whomp.

Wednesday (Scheduled 2 Miles Easy)
The weather wasn’t ideal–it was a bit damp and cloudy, but I made it happen anyway.  I did just over 2 miles in just over 20 minutes, which is pretty much exactly what I was going for.  And after my margarita and shrimp taco dinner, I spent some time stretching and foam rolling at home.

Photo Oct 29, 1 05 24 PM

Thursday (Scheduled 2 Miles Easy)
My right hip was a little twingey again, so I decided to make it a rest day.  I did do some foam rolling and Ben gave me a massage before bed 🙂

Friday (Scheduled Rest Day)
Lots of Halloween festivities were had.  I didn’t get to bed quite as early as I would have liked, but I only had 2 drinks, and slept in enough on Saturday that I think I made up for it.

Saturday (Scheduled Rest Day)
Ben and I helped out around the house a bunch, clearing up the yard and barn in preparation for the wedding.  We picked up junk, moved tires, and stacked wood.  It felt good to be outside moving, but I wasn’t using my legs too much, so I wasn’t worried about tiring myself out.  We went out to dinner with some friends, and I had one beer and a grilled chicken sandwich with fries, and then was in bed by 9 pm.

Sunday (RaceVermont Fall Half Marathon)
It was cold.  It was windy.  It was hilly.  But I triumphed.  More to come in the full recap on Wednesday!

This week:
The plan for this week is to focus on recovery.  I probably won’t run or work out until Wednesday, and in the meantime I’ll be stretching and foam rolling like it’s my job, because my hips are NOT happy today.  I may hit up a Zumba-like class on Thursday just to shake everything out, but I’m not going to really plan anything specific and just take it a day at a time.

I’m signed up for a couple of 5k’s between now and Christmas, and then my racing season is over until the spring, so Manic Monday posts might become more like a weekend update sort of post for a while.  We’ll see how it goes!

Congratulations to all my friends who raced this weekend–Danielle, Nicole, Lisa, and anyone else I may have forgotten.  You are all rock stars!

What is your favorite race recovery tip/trick/exercise?


17 thoughts on “Manic Monday – 11/03/14

    • DarlinRae says:

      It ended up being chili instead of a burrito, which I was initially upset about. But then I scooped up the chili with tortilla chips and it was just what I needed 😀

  1. dgobs says:

    I’m still so pumped about your race!! I can’t wait to read all about it! 😀 Your post-race recovery sounds so good… I’m the worst!! I’ve done almost nothing since my half, apart from 2 soccer games during the week. I really should have gone for a shake-out/recovery/whatever run of some kind, especially since I discovered that running can help my post-race soreness a bit. After limping around all day the day after my half, I had to sprint to catch my bus home and it was the best I felt all day! Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to get my off my lazy butt…. 😉

  2. Amy says:

    Woo! I can’t wait to read the recap! My favorite recovery activity is sitting on the couch, though I don’t think that’s what you were looking for. 🙂

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