Marathon training? Half marathon training? Cross-training limbo? I’m not sure exactly what I’m training for right now, although since I haven’t run in two weeks and anticipate another 1-2 weeks of exclusively low-impact cross-training as my sprained foot heals, I’m not anticipating a marathon come July 31.
My workouts this week were rather repetitive and monotonous: elliptical, elliptical, and more elliptical. I understand now why some people own an Ellipt-Go – I miss the fresh air and outdoors! Especially when we’ve had several days of gloriously perfect running weather with no rain and temperatures in the 50s.
Since I had a podiatrist appointment mid-morning, I opted for rest as not to inflame or irritate my foot before the appointment. The podiatrist manipulated my cubiod bone back into place and my foot felt weird for a while, so I just decided to take a rest day after the appointment.
Tuesday: AM: 60 minutes/8 miles on the elliptical; PM: 20 minutes Pilates
I completely went down a time-suck spiral of searching for another marathon this day. I think I read reviews on Marathon Guide and Bib Rave for every single marathon in Washington and then looked up number of finishers, average weather, and elevation charts on Find My Marathon. I’m incredibly picky when it comes to marathons.
What did I land on? The California International Marathon. There’s about a 50% chance I’ll run it this year for several reasons, one of which is that Sacremento is only 2 hours from Yosemite. Not to mention that the race is in wonderfully cool December.
Wednesday: AM: 50 minutes/ 7 miles on the elliptical; PM: 30 minutes strength training
Our apartment complex had a wine and tapas event that evening, which is possibly the best way to relax after some weight lifting. Cured meats and cheese are protein which is good for recovery, right?
Thursday: 40 minutes/ 5 miles on the elliptical + 30 minutes Pilates
Pilates felt extra good this week. Even though my form has improved slightly on the elliptical, adapting a new form of training leaves different muscles sore and tight.
Friday: 60 minutes/ 8 miles on the elliptical
Elliptical workouts just aren’t as exciting as running, you know? Even though you get a decent cardio workout and sweat a bit, it’s just not the same as a long, tempo, or speed workout on the roads. Not to mention the fact that pictures of the inside of a gym are dull in comparison to running photos outside on the trails!
We chose not to hike because of my sprained foot and rainy, dreary weather. Sometimes you just need a day of watching movies and completely resting, especially when healing an injury.
Sunday: 52 minutes/ 7 miles on the elliptical + 2 mile walk
After living in the Seattle for one year, Ryan and I are still discovering new running trails. We found a small trail hidden near our apartment, so after our workouts at the gym we headed there to walk Charlie and plan routes for future runs.
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