Another week of training down! It didn’t go exactly as planned but that’s life, right? If life went the way we planned it, we’d all be bored. And we would have learned nothing about managing expectations, dealing with the uncertain, and handling difficult situations.
I had a 4 mile recovery run on the schedule. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go because my knees were hurting a little from the hilly trail that I ran on Saturday but I had stretched and foam rolled and crossed my fingers. When I woke up, I even did some stretching before I got out of bed! Who am I? lol
Anyway, my knees felt okay so out the door I went. 4 easy miles and then I walked my dog for a mile as cool down. 🙂
Running + Strength
(PS. It’s my anniversary! These beauties were delivered today!)
Had a 5 mile run with pick-ups on the schedule. The last 1/4 of each mile was run as a strong pick-up aiming for 8:30-8:45/mile for that portion. I was still a little tired from Saturday’s run (man, that trail gets me every time!) so I wasn’t sure how it was going to go but, it was good! Once I got going, everything kinda loosened up and I felt okay. With cool down, I finished up with 5.26 miles.
And I almost got hit by a car.
It was kinda my fault and kinda hers. I was making a turn around on the neighborhood street behind my house and I could hear a car coming. I peeked behind me and saw a white SUV. That car passed and I went to make my turn, not knowing there was a blue SUV tailgating behind….. YIKES!!
Gave us both a good scare! But, the creepy thing was she turned around and tracked me down and stopped me and told me that it was all my fault. Except for that whole riding the white car’s bumper thing, yeah…
Yes, I should have looked harder. Next time I will. Lesson learned! I apologized, said it was my fault, thanked her for not hitting me, etc and she just kept staring at me. I mean, what else was I supposed to say? I didn’t remind her that she was most likely driving greater than 25 mph AND that she was practically IN the back of the white SUV. I was polite, remorseful, grateful, and tired. All I wanted to do was go home and drink some water. Good grief lady, it’s over! I said I was sorry, now go away!
(PS. Hi honey. Sorry I almost got dead on our anniversary. Also sorry I forgot to tell you about it that night when we talked. *insert sheepish grin* All’s well that ends well, right?) 🙂
Anyway, I made it home and was not in any mood to do my strength training right away so I just grabbed the dog and went for a cool down walk.
I did my strength training later in my garage. The bonus was it was warmer than it had been earlier. The non-bonus was my coach is ruthless and today’s version was tough! I started with 5 rounds/5 reps each of barbell reverse lunges, pull-ups, good mornings, and floor press. I used 65# for the lunges and good mornings (how could that possibly be bad?) and 55# for the floor press. I really need to get a bench so I can do bench press but … I just haven’t yet.
Today’s finisher was 3 rounds/60 seconds each of barbell roll outs, breakdancers, thrusters (used a 45# bar), med ball slams (15# ball), and hollow hold.
Um, yeah. 60 seconds of thrusters is like the worst thing on the whole planet.
Oh, heeeeyyyyyy, hamstrings! What’s that you say? Good morning(s)? OOOF.
I had a 5 mile shakeout run and man, I wasn’t even sure I was going to make it out the door! haha I had to give myself some extra time to warm up and placate my hamstrings, glutes, and my right ankle because, for some reason, it was sore. IDK. I mean, seriously, IDK. Guess I’m going to have to pay more attention to rolling out my peroneals (those are the muscles on the outside of your lower legs).
Once I felt warm enough, I shoved myself out the door (all I really wanted to do was climb back into bed. lol) and got my miles done. Finished with 5.03 and no vehicular incidents. #winning
Welp, I think I’ve figured out why I’ve been feeling so beat up the past few days. Woke up this morning and felt really meh so I took my temperature. If I were at the doctor’s office, they would think nothing of it, but I know me and normal ain’t normal in my world.
Truthfully, I hover right around 97.9-98 on a good day. I wasn’t quite at 99 but I was close. I had a couple of hours until cycle class so I just took my dog for a walk, ate breakfast, drank my coffee, and waited. Took my temp again and I was back down to 98 so off to the Y I went!
Cycle class was good – brutal, but good. I swear we climbed a mountain! TWICE! And then we did these sprint drills – 20 seconds hard, 20 seconds rest – for like 2 songs! My legs were like, “YO, what you doin’?!” haha.
And, I was so warm. That classroom that we’re in is freezing when we get in there. Like, our instructor starts the class in her parka., that’s how cold it is. About 10 minutes into the class, the heat kicks on. So ridiculous. Anyway, we can normally combat it with fans. Today, though, the fan was doing nothing for me. Hmm….hind sight….perhaps I should have stayed home? I’m sure you can guess where I’m headed with that question.
Anyway, knocked out 23 miles and then, headed into the gym for my strength session.
I took over a section of floor and got it done. 3 rounds of 12 sumo squats with a 50# dumbbell, 12 dumbbell overhead press (started with 2 20# weights but that was too much so I dropped to 15#), 12 king deadlifts (used that teeny weeny 5# kettlebell today!), and 12 T push-ups. My legs were definitely feeling that cycling class.
Today’s finished was 3 rounds of (60 seconds each) reverse flys (used 2 12.5# dumbbells), step-ups (with 2 12.5# dumbbells), plank with hip drops, frog sit-ups, and cross body mountain climbers. Why yes, I was a big sweaty mess on the floor when I was done. lol
Came home, fueled up, showered, etc and headed to the grocery store…. where I was absolutely annoyed at every single person in the store. And my back was starting to hurt. Oh boy. I came home and took my temperature and I’d reached the 99 mark. No bueno.
Unplanned rest day. 🙁
I had hill repeats on the schedule but I woke up at 4am with my head pounding and when I took my temperature later, I was above 99. Booo! *thumbs down*
Better safe than
sorry sick, so no hill repeats for me. I did take my dog for a walk – probably should have stayed home.
Woke up this morning and totally had a burst of energy!
Which promptly went away when my fever went back up. *sigh*
It hasn’t gone over 100 yet but it got close a couple times on Thursday and then again today. I’ve literally been riding a fever roller coaster. I want off now, k thx.
Had 12 miles on my schedule. I obviously didn’t do it. I did, however, walk my dog for a mile and a half so there’s that.
I am determined to kick this crap. It was such a beautiful day and all I want to do is go for a run!!! My fever is much lower but I’m still really tired. Also, my sinuses have been draining and my ears feel a little odd but not odd enough for me to go to the doc. Pretty sure it’s just sinus pressure. I have my fingers crossed so hard that I can get out for a short run tomorrow. I think it’s supposed to climb up to 70 degrees!!!
Well, that was quite an eventful, yet uneventful week. Here’s hoping next week is a little more normal!
Total miles for the week: 14.39
Total miles for February: 24.61