I got 9 hours and 45 minutes of sleep last night! Woot! I needed that. I usually get 6 1/2 hours of sleep a night, but this week has been 4 – 5 a night and those are fitful hours. I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the 1001 things on my to-do list.
Unfortunately, my legs were NOT feeling refreshed. They felt super beat up from yesterday’s hilly (almost) 16 mile run. I did pilates, hoping that would loosen them up, but they felt stiff and sore. So, coach said to take the day off instead of doing the scheduled 6 miles.
I’ve been running long enough to know – on a logical level – that I shouldn’t be a slave to “the schedule”. And that deviating from the schedule and missing a run occasionaly won’t make a bit of difference on race day. Especially when the run I’m skipping is just a 6 mile recovery run. BUT – I’m Type A to the extreme. So I am really bugged that I had to take a day off today and so only ended up with 36 miles for the week. But, like I said, I’ve been doing this long enough now that I know I need to listen to the body instead of the schedule. And the body definitely needed a rest today.
So in addition to the extra sleep, I treated myself to a long, hot epsom salt bath (which took me as long as it took to polish off a large glass of red wine). Mmmm. Red wine and a hot bath – just what I needed!
Other than having to cut out the run today, I’m satisfied with week #3 of Lansing Marathon training. I incorporated a decent amount of pilates and managed weights once. I know I need to get more of the weights/strength in. This week for sure!
Lansing Marathon Week #3 recap
- Miles run: 35.7
- Biking: 45 minutes
- Pilates: 4 times
- Weights: 1 time
- Planks/core: 5 days
- M: 8 miles (8:09) w/ 4 x 800m (7:17ish) and 10 min at 7:40 mixed in; pilates
- T: 5 miles (8:38); pilates
- W: 7 miles (8:39)
- Th: pilates
- F: bike 45 minutes; weights
- Sa: 15.7 HILLY miles (8:31)
- Su: pilates
Looking at this, I’m not doing a great job of keeping the pace easy on easy days. Might explain why I was worn out today. Goal for this week: keep my easy days closer to 9:00 pace.
97 days til race day!