10/17 to 10/23 Post half-marathon recovery week
When we left off, I had just run the Baystate Half Marathon. I intended to get a massage and start easing back into running, but I came down with a cold and went back and forth on recovery: one day I was bounding out of bed raring to go, the next day I was flat out on the sofa again. Yuck.
Monday 10/17 – Rest, trying to get over cold
Tuesday 10/18 – Still feeling crappy, did a set of MYRTLs
Wednesday 10/19 – How is this cold getting worse? MYRTLs and recovery yoga
Thursday 10/20 – Rounding a bend cold-wise. 25 minutes on the bike trainer to belatedly loosen up my leg muscles.
Friday 10/21 – Feeling good. Ahh, a run! 25 minutes easy (2.5 miles).
Saturday 10/22 – Climbing with friends
Sunday 10/23 – 4 miles really really easy (50 minutes?); walking along the Charles River to watch rowers compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta
10/24 to 10/30 Cold recovery week 2
I was so tired of being congested this week. Not, you know, actively run-down or feverish or too fatigued to function – just stuffed up and with a cough that would not go away.
Monday 10/24 – 3 miles easy into a headwind…both ways. It was 50F out, but I bundled up for extra warmth, and I’m glad I did.
Tuesday 10/25 – Started feeling gross again. This cold is completely kicking my ass. One set MYRTLS, one set core exercises.
Wednesday 10/26 – Too congested to think, but the cold is entirely in my head (literally, not figuratively). Complete rest today.
Thursday 10/27 – Intended: 5 relaxing lunch-hour miles, trotting along at 11:30 recovery pace. Actual: 3 miles on the treadmill (11:30), derailed by an absolutely infuriating podcast episode. Said episode featured a blogger who made some terrible, terrible running decisions (signing up for her first marathon two months out, running a recent marathon on a longest training run of 4 miles) and got away with it. At which point I stopped the treadmill and
hurled my phone across the room deleted the podcast from my phone, followed by MYRTLS and stretching.
Friday 10/28 – Cross-training: a lunch-hour ballet class! 45 minutes of really intense barre work for my first ballet class in about five years. Embarrassed myself in front of a whole bunch of very elastic, very coordinated people, most of whom dance for a living or are retired dancers. I made sure to stretch and stretch and stretch before and after, but my glutes and calves are still sore. But it’s good to see my body still remembers what to do. 14 years of ballet and modern dance weren’t for naught.
Saturday 10/29 – 5 ‘whatever’ miles (“go forth and run at whatever pace your body pleases”). 8:50 average (it was cold).
Sunday 10/30 – Rest and family time.