Sunday Sweats [2/16-2/22]


The weather this week made it pretty impossible to do anything other than just get through the miles. Fortunately the weather didn't derail any of my runs; it just forced me to get a little creative and power through. I keep feeling like I'm training my mind more than my body. Getting outside in sub-zero temperatures and inches upon inches of snow isn't easy, but it makes me a stronger runner. 

Monday: 30 minutes yoga/hip stretching | Still working out this hip injury.

Tuesday: 5 mile run @ 9:15 + Core workout + 30 minutes yoga/hip stretching | This was one of the runs where I knew things were not going to be like normal, and that was okay. We got 9 inches of snow last night. Luckily by the time I got out to run everything had been plowed pretty well, but there were still a lot of areas that were slippery or just looked slippery because they were wet, so I ran very cautiously. Also I spent a lot of the time I was on campus behind people walking, because tons of people were out for the snowball fight on the Drillfield (we have a giant field in the center of campus and there's a big Cadets vs. Civilians  snowball fight every year after the first big snowfall).


Between the snow and the hurting hip, my pace was slower than normal but like I said, I expected that and I was okay with it. Later I did a core workout and it felt so good to lift some weights (even if they were light). Some of the twisty exercises bothered my hip a little but I'm glad I did it. Before bed was another 30 minutes of restorative yoga and hip exercises.

Wednesday: 5 mile run @ 9:02 + 30 minutes yoga/hip stretching | The roads were actually worse than yesterday since it snowed some more this afternoon and it was so windy that a lot of snow got blown back onto the paths that were plowed yesterday. It was snowing when I went out and it was just crazy. I don't know if a snow tornado is a real thing, but I'm pretty sure it is and that I almost got swept away in one.

Thursday: 16 mile bike ride at 16mph (?) | I've done my best at braving the elements, but when the temperatures are record-breaking low, that's where I draw the line. I don't think the wind chill got above -10* today. I did a boring ride on the trainer instead of running.

Friday: 9 mile run @ 8:42 | This was such a good run! Not amazing but just really...good. Compared to the rest of the week, 16* didn't feel all that cold, especially with no wind and the sun out. I was quite toasty and running felt effortless.

Saturday: 30 minutes yoga/hip exercises | The 20-miler I was supposed to do today got moved to next weekend due to snow. We got another 6 inches today so all day was spent cozy and warm inside! I neglected my yoga the last couple days and definitely noticed the difference in how my hip felt, so I made sure to do it today.

Sunday 16 mile run @ 8:53 + 30 minutes yoga/hip exercises: My 20-miler getting moved is mostly a good thing, since it means that it will now be 3 weeks out from Shamrock (the traditional length of time between the 20-miler and the marathon) instead of 4 weeks (I was never crazy about it being that far out). The bad news is that I was supposed to be done with doing super long runs by myself, but I had to add one to fill the space in my schedule this weekend. I did 16 miles total broken up into 11 miles + 5 miles since I had to go pick up Ben in the middle. It was only about a 30-minute break but it still kind of makes me feel like it doesn't "count," but oh well. This week was about getting the miles in and that's what I did. On another note, it felt SO WEIRD going outside in thin pants and only one layer on top. I actually checked to make sure I was really wearing pants, that's how weird it was.

Running: 35.13 miles
Cycling: 16 miles
Strength: 1 workout
Yoga: 150 minutes
Pits:
- Having to do another long run by myself
- Not getting in any significant strength training. At this point it's been a few weeks since I last lifted and I'm getting too close to the race to feel comfortable starting up again. On the other hand, I think I need to work on my core the most so maybe sticking to core workouts isn't the worst thing for me.
- I know this goes without saying, but...the weather.

Peaks:
+ All the yoga! I was hoping I'd get some in all 7 days (and truthfully, I probably should have), but 5 is more than I've done in a while.
+ At this point I'm pretty confident that this hip injury isn't going to significantly derail my training or racing plans. It's been 2 weeks since it popped up (seemingly out of nowhere), but I've seen some improvement. More than that, I've been able to manage it, and I think that's key. The good news is that it hasn't affected how much I've been able to run. I've had to decrease the intensity a little bit, but I feel a tiny bit stronger every run. I don't think it's going to go away completely any time soon, but I think it's manageable.
+ I don't have to run more than 10 miles in Blacksburg by myself from now until race day! And that only has to happen once. All my other runs here will be 5 miles or under. And my other long runs left are the 20-miler this weekend and the Rock n Roll USA half marathon, both with friends. YAY! I can't believe it's almost taper time. I can already feel the freakout coming on...


5 comments :

  1. Yay for all the yoga! And I'm so glad the hip injury isn't keeping you out of the game. I'm glad you got the runs in despite the rough weather — although I gotta say, you're making me feel inadequate here ;) (do I get some points back for the fact that I can't run during daylight hours during the week though, and by dusk everything is iced over? Please say yes! ;)) Here's hoping for an easier week next week. PS, are you icing/heating the pain at all? (heat pre-workout, ice afterward!) Might help keep you more comfortable for longer while running/recovering!

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  2. good to hear that you are managing the hip pain, i hope it gets gone soon! and way to go on the yoga. i did a leg workout the other day and couldn't walk for a couple days (I did it with KC so he made me lift way heavier than I would have on my own) and I think I might take the rest of the time off - I don't want to start doing crazy strength workouts this close to a race, I'd rather focus on my running. But I might do ab workouts like you, definitely can't be the worst thing. and seriously way to go on running in this weather - you are so hardcore and awesome and i definitely feel like a baby ;) i just want spring to hurry up!

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  3. You're so brave to run in all that snow! That's what the roads/sidewalks look like here all through Winter and I'm definitely not graceful enough to run through it without breaking a bone (or ten!).

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  4. You did great on the yoga and even better on the runs. I give you props for getting the miles in, in spite of the weather! I probably would wuss out to do a long run alone but Im so glad you pushed through it. Hope your hip is all better now!

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  5. I know you guys don't have as much snow as we do, but I wish I could run in the snow. I can deal with the cold (for the most part), but I can't run on snowy sidewalks or trails...I'm just too nervous that I will fall on my face!!! But YAY for all the yoga!! Hopefully your next long run will be with a partner :)

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