The down time continues, although this past week I started to think about the possibility of a winter marathon in a warm climate. It’s been in the back of my mind for some time but I think my approach and goal would look quite different than the past few training cycles. Instead of an aggressive goal and training plan, I am considering a lighter plan with the goal of getting to 20 miles in one piece and then finishing strong. The idea behind it would be to get a good running marathon under my belt regardless of the time.
For the present circumstances, I continue to run about 4 days a week (except this week was 3 days) with daily yoga and one weekly swim. I’m starting to notice some small improvements doing the Jasyoga in addition to a once a week in person class. These improvements include slight increases in flexibility and strength. The only downside is that I have to keep an eye out on some poses, such as down dog, which seem to aggravate my achilles. In the spring I overstretched it and every once in a while if it gets too much pull, it hurts on a run.
The best news of all is with the swimming and my attempt at mastering a flip turn. I’m happy to report that I can now officially flip with the help of a noodle! I will attempt step 3 this week which is basically doing a flip sans noodle. I really look forward to my Thursday night sessions.
Monday: 20 minute Jasyoga core video.
Tuesday: Off/rest due to some scheduling issues. But this was likely good for my Achilles.
Wednesday: 5 miles and Jasyoga calf reset.
Thursday: 35 minute swim and Jasyoga hip reset.
Saturday: 4 mile trail run with James and Chris and 45 minute hike afterward. James and I are planning to do Rim to Rim at the end of September so I’m starting to brush up on some hiking in preparation. Jasyoga back reset afterward.
Sunday: 7 mile “long run” and Jasyoga hamstring reset.
Total: 16 miles running and various cross training