After last week’s 82 miles, I was greatly looking forward to this down week. I had a million things other than running on our family schedule that had to be done in near perfect order to accomplish them all. Getting to take the mental “when will I fit my workout and run #2 into my day?” piece off the board felt great.
The 4th at the beginning of the week started off with a bang, haha, as I ran my first 5k at the annual 10k/5k Butte to Butte in Eugene. Though I really wanted to run a sub-20:00, I knew going in so inexperienced might get in the way of that. I managed a 20:33 and fourth place woman, and learned several things that will hopefully help me out for my next one.
Following the race, my family and a running friend and her family all went to Art in the Vineyard, an art and winery fair held every year. I tasted some lovely wines, ate great food, and bought a beautiful coffee mug to add to our collection before heading home for a BBQ and fireworks in the evening.
I heard that 5ks are nothing to recover from, but mine jacked me up: for the rest of the week I struggled with pelvis and hip pain that moved into my lower back then all the way into my neck by the weekend. I cut my planned 20-miler on Saturday down to 16 and limped in the last couple of miles.
My husband and I are part of a couples team for a relay we are running in a month, and Sunday morning we all met up for a foam rolling class at Sweaty Ganesh Yoga followed by brunch. That hour-long guided session with a foam roller was miraculous; I was able to work out my pain and tight spots and learned several new ways to use my foam roller at home. Husband and I agree that making the Sunday foam rolling class a thing will benefit both of us.
We finished off Sunday with a sunset run together. Looking ahead to a bigger week of running!
Monday 7/3: OFF, core and weights.
7/4: 6.5 miles, including the 5k, warm up and running around the 10k course with my husband.
7/5: 8 miles, easy.
7/6: 3.5 miles very easy, pain and wiped out feeling legs made me call it quits on the planned 8. 50 push-ups.
7/7: 8.8 miles easy running from my mom’s house out of town, core.
7/8: 16.1 miles (8:43 average). Stomach was off, legs were off, body in general felt UGH.
7/9: 8.08 miles easy.
TOTAL: 51 miles