I have a confession: I didn’t do as much this past week as I had hoped. Yes, I’m still taking it relatively easy, but I need to build my foundation so that I can start training for the Chicago Marathon in late May. My plan was to be running over 20 miles per week by the time training starts.
Can I do it? Let’s see how the numbers look right now:
Wednesday, 4/22: Rest.
Thursday, 4/23: Rest.
Book club was the night before. I was supposed to run 3-4 miles on Thursday morning, but was (shockingly!) too tired to wake up at 6:00 a.m. and run.
Friday, 4/24: Rest.
So much rest. Probably too much.
Saturday, 4/25: Yoga for 85 minutes and a 3-mile run.
The weather was beautiful!
I started my day with my favorite Saturday morning basic flow class at Palace Yoga. The instructor was a fill-in, so the class ran a little differently than usual. It was fun to have that variety, and the class time flew by. After class, I went for a quick 3-miler so that I could get home to see my daughter before she left for ballet rehearsal.
Sunday, 4/26: 7 easy miles solo.
My run started out a with a long, gradual climb, then it leveled out. No steep hills for me thanks to my sensitive hip flexors/adductors and posterior tibialis tendon, so it’s a good thing the Chicago Marathon is flat. However, l still need to be able to manage some hills.
On my run, I ran into Bambi and his girlfriend.
I ran a negative split, but only because the second half of my run was either flat or a slight downhill. Still, I felt good. This was the longest I’ve run since January!
Monday, 4/27: Rest.
I was supposed to work out at a personal training session with Ruth, but I had insomnia on Sunday night and didn’t fall asleep till 1:00 or 1:30 a.m. in the morning on Monday. Blergh. And then I woke up with a really stiff and sore neck. No good.
I texted Ruth at 4:20 a.m. and told her I couldn’t make it. Such a shame! She did say that I could still do a modified workout, as light movement can help loosen and increase the synovial fluid in my joints to make me feel better. I just couldn’t do it, though, due to my fatigue.
Tuesday, 4/28: Rest.
Went to my friend Kris’s campaign kick-off party on Monday night, and I was too tired to wake up early to run on Tuesday morning.
Total Mileage for the Week of 4/22-4/28/15: 10 miles.
Wow. Well, it’s a good thing the Chicago Marathon isn’t until October.
At the start of the year, I set a goal to sleep at least 7 hours per night. I was making that a priority for a while but then ended going back to my old, “let’s stay up until the wee hours to watch TV” mindset. After getting back from our East Coast trip, I was sleeping more, but as the days have crept by since our return, I am once again falling back into that bad sleep pattern.
I recognize that 2 of my missed workouts can be partially attributed to my social activities the preceding evenings. I need to break that habit; I don’t want my social calendar to impact my fitness. I’m going to have to start thinking like I’m training for a marathon again (even though I’m not yet) so that I don’t stay out late.
What was your best workout this week? Do you do yoga? Do you find that your social life impacts your running or fitness?