Hello Salty Ladies!
I’m back from a little training log hiatus, and I wanted to let you know what I’ve been up to! After beating my PR at the end of March at the Malaga Half Marathon, I took around 10 days completely off, and started running again in April. I’ve been going to a yoga class every week, and I feel like it’s helped my hips and flexibility immensely, as well as my ability to breathe through uncomfortable situations. I’ve been biking, hiking, and working on my push-up game– in other words, focusing less on running and more on other fun stuff my body can do. I have only two and a half weeks left in Spain, and I’m coping with the bittersweet-ness of leaving my Spanish life and starting over in Ohio. Oh, the feels!
Back in April, I consulted the Salty Running team about some longer-term goals I have. Ideally I would like to run a fall marathon this year. It would be my second full marathon and my first attempt to break 4 hours. However, with the unpredictability of law school, I don’t want to commit to anything yet. The wise Coriander advised me to take it slow with race registrations as grad school and training sometimes do not mix well. Then the wise Salty advised me to enjoy the rest of my time in Spain without worrying about training for anything specific. “There will always be marathons.” True that.
In April I did not wear a watch for any of my runs. I just went out and did my thing whenever I pleased, with no pressure to meet a certain time or distance goal. I also had some knee pain that I couldn’t seem to shake after my race. So I experienced a lot of downtime in April, hoping the bogginess in my knee would disappear. I ran 3-ish days a week, and I replaced “long run” days with a long hike or bike. I wanted to enjoy my weekends with my boyfriend for once without having long runs interrupt my time. We took a weekend trip to the neighboring province of Cadiz, which included a gorgeous bike ride in a nature park along the coast. Memories were made, new freckles were created, and ice cream was consumed.
May was the same mixture of hiking and biking, but with some workouts thrown into the mix. I ran hills a couple times and did a fartlek. I kept focusing on yoga and other strength training. I did a couple “long runs” building up to 10 miles again. My boggy knee remained, and then I got some pretty gnarly shin splints in my left leg. I attacked both with my massage ball, and that helped immensely. The highlights of May include hiking twelve miles with my boyfriend from one small Spanish town to another. The following weekend we took a four hour bike ride along the coast. At the end of the month, I traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, where I did a “trail tour” of the city parks there. That adventure will be detailed in a post near you soon!
In June I will travel home to the USA, touring the eastern side with my dude until mid-July. I’ll need some SR support as we go long distance for awhile. <3 If school goes well, I plan on replacing my bf with a marathon. 😉