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