Definitely a happy Monday since I do not have to work today. I think for the past few years we have either been at robots or at my parents – but this year, nothing. A whole four days of nothing on the agenda. Surprisingly we got quite a bit accomplished this weekend. Including some running! I missed last week’s training report, so this is another 2-week edition
Monday March 23 – Nothing
I had a surprise on-call period that I had to cover. It was also the first day back from vacation and surprise, surprise, I was not prepared. Lots of work had to be done.
Tuesday March 24 – 2 miles on the treadmill
I ended up going to GoodLife in the evening as I did not have much time to run during the day. I had time for 2 miles before having to go home. I ran at around 9pm at night, which was kind of weird. It was strange not seeing my regular people at the gym! I did see some work-friends and a few students there. Nothing too extraordinary about this run.
Wednesday March 25 – 2.10K run at lunch
One of my run club kids wanted to run, so I went for a short run at lunch. Just over 2K. I had to teach all afternoon, so I had to make sure that I could eat some lunch afterwards.
Thursday March 26 – NOTHING
It was the province literacy test and I work the entire day with only about 20 minutes taken for lunch. I even had track practice in the morning. Insane! I also started subbing in a math class, which required teaching full math lessons. I had track that night too. I broke my rule of “no demo-ing hurdle drills before a race”. I went home and ate french fries and watched Grey’s
Friday March 27 – Travel Day
On the Train to Toronto! 6 hours on the train in a cramped position = not great!
Saturday March 28 – Rest
Nothing on the agenda but going to the Around the Bay expo and trying to fix my bum hip. I did lots of rolling and stretching
Sunday March 29 – Around the Bay 5K
PB race – hip behaved itself, although I definitely still had tightness on the left side. Read about my race here.
I then sat on a train for 4 hours and my legs were not happy.
Monday March 30 – Rest
Tuesday March 31 – Kind of rest
I had track practice after school and I demo’d some hurdle drills.
Wednesday April 1st – GoodLife workout
Because I was still teaching a full-timetable, I did not have time to get any running in during the day. I picked up Max and went to GoodLife. I ran 1.5 miles on the treadmill (split into two runs) and did a full weight workout: lat pull-downs, rows, tricep pulls, squats and leg press.
Thursday April 2nd – 5K run in 29:00
I had a track meet on Thursday, followed 2 hours later with another track practice (I coach two groups: high school and competitive – although some kids are in both). I had 1.5 hours to myself after the meet ended (P was picking up Max) and therefore a run was in order. I did not have my Garmin, but I had an old fashioned sports watch and set out on a out and back route. I planned on running 15 minutes out and then turn around and go back. It worked out to almost exactly 2.5K. The route was filled with huge, mud-filled puddles. Although I was sad I did not have my garmin, at least I had my baby wipes! The route was also a bit hilly too and my legs were not happy with me. Afterwards I had Subway for dinner and then coached until 7:45. Oh, and it was 12C when I went out. I wore shorts!
Friday April 3rd – 5K in 31:00
Oh my goodness – 14C and SUNNY! Best running day of the year so far. Seriously, it has been the worst winter for running and this was the first time I really felt warm during a run in such a long time. There was no wind, lots of sun and it was warm. It shouldn’t be a surprise that tons of people were out. P and Max were riding bikes around our streets/hanging out in the front while I ran. I just kind of ran around my part of Orleans. I managed to get 5K done before my legs got really tired and achy again. I also ran slower as well, on purpose. That night my IT band and quads were not happy, so I booked an appointments with my RMT.
Saturday April 4th – Massage
I had a massage session and that seemed to get my legs back in shaped. I did get told by my RMT to not leave things too long 😉
Sunday April 5th – 3K run
Sadly, it got cold again. I had a beer-can chicken on the BBQ and quickly went out for a 3K run before it was ready. We were cleaning up the house and doing general house stuff and 3K is all I had time for. I ran a bit faster and no major leg issues.
Not a bad couple of weeks – but still room for improvements. Work has been crazy lately and P was away again – which means I have to squeeze runs in while I can. Although he is home for a couple of weeks before going on two more trips at the end of the month. Now we know why a spring half marathon was NOT on the agenda.
I am annoyed that my legs were wonky this week. Not sure what is really going on, other than going full-out during a race and sitting in a train for too many hours. I also have to ensure that I still get at least 1 gym workout in a week as I find that strength training really works. I noticed in my ATB race photos that there is no more hip drop – sweet! I am slacking in the cadence department though.
This week’s priority is to get a long run in. I have the Manotick Miler coming up and I need to be super comfortable with 8K. I’m pacing at 6:00/km which is my slow-ish for me, but I would rather not feel dead tired after the running 8K. I did alter my track practice schedule to allow for a Wednesday afternoon run after school. I’m hoping to get 6-7K done. We don’t have anything on the agenda for next weekend, so hopefully I can get a quality long run in then. I just have to be careful to not break my 10% rule.
I know that this week will be pretty busy again with all my work and track stuff – but here is hoping I get at least 2 longer runs in! Yay!