This week was all about the back … my lower back and getting “back” into the groove. Heavy training for the Vermont 100 starts April 28, so this was a “mock” week – moderate (for me) mileage, but some longer mid-week runs to help refresh my ultra-training memory. I also managed to mess up my back pretty well last week (dumb thing involving too much road running, stilettos and groceries), so I ditched a couple of shorter runs and doubles in the interest of recovery. 76 miles for the week.
Saturday: 16.5 miles with road-training group. Back hurt so badly I called it early. Cheated at core/Pilates class due to mean back.
Sunday: 8 very painful miles on my standard hilly loop (Naughty back, naughty back!!!)
Monday: Emergency appt. with evil massage therapist, “Thor,” to deal with naughty back. Two back to back spin classes Monday evening.
Tuesday: 7 significantly less painful miles on standard loop, followed by core/Pilates class.
Wednesday: 21 laughable road miles. Almost everything that could go wrong did, right down to blowing a snot rocket on my own shoulder.
Thursday: 16 morning trail miles at Mohican with good friend Rachel. Tired from the 21, but I planned it that way.
Friday: 8 early morning road miles. Legs felt fresh and snappy, so the muscle memory is there. Standing bi-weekly appointment with Thor.
Looking forward to a rest week of only 50 miles before gearing up for the big training cycle.