Marathon #2: Week 11 in the Books

Monday.  Another Monday.  Another week of training.  Another bleary eyed start to the week.  Today was especially brutal in the sleepy department.  I could hardly stay awake in class, and needless to say, my recovery run didn’t happen.

Tuesday.  It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep will do for a body!  We had a leg workout planned for class today, and since I still had homework to do, I skipped CrossFit.  But hello, legs!  I decided to go all out on my last set of deadlifts and hit a deadlift PR at 135 pounds! Tonight at track, my hamstrings were protesting, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to run fast.  The track workout was 8 x 600.  I usually struggle to run any distance over 400 meters at track pace, but I knocked out those 600s without a problem.  Yay!  Maybe I am getting stronger!  The icing on the cake was getting to celebrate my niece’s fourth birthday after track.001Wednesday.  Holy sore hamstrings.  Walking is a challenge.  I’m not sure how I’m going to run tonight, especially after that CrossFit WOD this morning that had me running (or more like shuffling) 100 meters while holding a 45 pound kettlebell… I decided to run a slow couple of miles before our group run tonight in the hope of loosening up my hamstrings.  It worked a little.  Our group run was 4 miles at tempo pace, so I got in a total of 6 miles.  I’m not sure my legs would have carried me much further.

Thursday.  Wow, I am really second guessing the wisdom of that set of super heavy deads.  My hamstrings are still super tight.  But I decided to get my recovery run in as soon as class was over.  I knew if I went home first, good intentions wouldn’t be enough to get me out the door again.  I was hoping to get 6 miles in, but even with walking intervals, I only got in a little over 5 miles.  My legs just couldn’t take it.  And 005I know that just as important as getting in miles is listening to my body.  I don’t want to push myself too much and risk injury.  Plus, it was super hot.  I wound up with this interesting sunburn.  Fun way to go to work…004





Friday.  Finally a rest day.  My legs don’t feel quite as tight and sore, but all the same, I’m glad I can just rest today.  Rest and roll.  That’s all I did.  Seriously.

Saturday.  My legs felt almost normal when I woke up, thankfully.  I’m not sure I could have faced a 13 mile run with sore legs.  It took me a while to wake up, but once I found my rhythm, it was a pretty good run.  It was stinkin’ humid, but there was a nice breeze that made half marathon distance bearable.

All in all, it was a fairly uneventful but solid week of training.  I got in a total of 27 miles.  What do I need to do differently next week?

  1.  Stay the course.  Focus on the goal.  Be determined to get those runs in.  (I see a lot of pep talks in my future over the next few weeks!)

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Author: Juanita

Thanks for dropping in! I'm Juanita. People tell me I don't look like a Juanita since I'm red headed and freckled with super pale skin, but what's in a name, right? I'm a 40-something, single (as in no kids, never been married) gal from Oklahoma. I'm a nurse and most importantly, a follower of Jesus. I love chocolate, am scared of heights, and petrified of snakes. After my fortieth birthday and coming to grips with the fact that I was obese, I discovered I'm a runner and a CrossFitter, and that there's a whole lot of life left to live. I just had to get past the fat, stare down the fear, and realize that 40 is not too old for new beginnings. So this is the story of my struggles and adventures in the quest to live a healthy life in mind, body, and soul.

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