Hi everyone! How was your Memorial Day weekend?
Ryan, Charlie, and I spent the four day weekend (yes, we took Friday off as well) camping, running, hiking, watching movies, relaxing, and generally ignoring any and all work related duties and blogging.
On Friday we caught an early ferry over to the Olympic Peninsula and claimed one of the last open campsites at Fairholm campground along Lake Crescent. We finished some work before leaving cell reception, on the eastern side of Lake Crescent that was sunny, warm, and serene.
The side of Lake Crescent with the campground is located in a true rainforest. The entire western side of the lake was buried in a thick fog and was rainy, damp, windy, and cold.
We spent the first day relaxing by the lake and enjoying leisurely walks since you can’t take dogs on most of the hiking trails in the Olympic National Park.
When the weather turned worst and the lake became choppy on Saturday, we decided to head home since we couldn’t canoe or kayak, and camping in the cold rain is less than ideal. But before we left, we stopped by the Lake Crescent Lodge for an incredibly delicious brunch of coffee, smoked salmon filets, toasted bagels, and way more cream cheese than I could actually eat.
Saturday night we saw X-Men: Apocalypse (so entertaining!) and Sunday we didn’t do much because it was still cold and rainy. But by Monday the rain stopped and the temperatures reached into the high 60s, so Ryan, Charlie, and I spent the day trail running, doing a training hike on a nearby trail, and picnicking.
Yes, trail running and hiking! I was cleared last Monday to ease back into activity, so I’ve been doing a few short runs (as you’ll see below) and moderate hiking as feels comfortable. I decided to not run the Jack and Jill Marathon; if my foot feels better and I’m not worried about respraining it on a downhill race on a gravel/dirt trail, I may run the half.
It’s not that disappointing to have to drop out of the Jack and Jill Marathon, however, since on Wednesday I registered for the California International Marathon! Sacramento is only a 1 hour 45 minute and fairly cheap flight away from Seattle and the time of year is ideal for me. I didn’t want to face the challenging hills of the Seattle Marathon just yet and California International is supposed to be the fastest marathon on the West Coast with the best crowd support. Honestly, I had been eyeing CIM for a while now and it appeals to me so much more than big races back east like Chicago, New York, or even Boston. CIM small compared to big city races, only about 7000 runners! Ryan and I decided a December Marathon was ideal for allowing optimal recovery and for separating marathon training from peak hiking and camping season (I start training in August).
Plus, since Sacramento is only just over 2 hours outside of Yosemite, we plan on extending our trip to enjoy some vacation there! Needless to say, I’m super excited about how this worked out!
Monday: 20 minutes Pilates
I decided to lay off any cardio again because of a podiatrist appointment, but since my foot was healing well the doctor didn’t need to manipulate the bone back anymore. Another round of tape and I was cleared to run!
Tuesday: AM: 3 mile run, 9:20/mile avg pace; PM: 30 minutes strength training
Running again felt both good and a little hard. I kept the run short and slow to test out my foot.
Wednesday: 4 mile run, 8:20/mile avg pace
It was good to run back at my normal pace! I let myself run on the faster end of easy unless my foot hurt, but the only time I felt anything was when I ran down a quarter mile hill.
Thursday: AM: 60 minutes/8 miles elliptical; PM: 30 minutes strength training.
Since I’m cautious when coming back from injury, I opted to do a longer workout on the elliptical. My foot doesn’t hurt, but it certainly still feels sensitive and tender. After listening to this week’s Runner’s Connect podcast on strength training, I increased the weights I lifted and focused on less reps. I followed this routine from Runner’s World and actually quite enjoyed it!
Friday: Rest day
We walked some while camping, but nothing significant because of the cold weather and restrictions on pets on the trails.
Saturday: Rest day
An extra rest day never hurts during injury recovery – and sometimes it just feels mentally good to rest and hit a reset button.
Sunday: 20 minutes elliptical/2.8 miles + 5 mile progression run on the treadmill, 8:30/mile avg pace
I used to prefer Sundays as a rest day, but now I love Ryan’s and my routine of running together after church. Having a running buddy on the treadmill next to you makes those miles easier!
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