All of my runs this week were easy, as I’m still recovering from my sprained foot and am in no mood to rush back into running. Marathon training for the California International Marathon won’t start until early August, so there’s no point in pushing myself too hard right now. I enjoy easy runs and while I do get a bit nervous about any lost fitness, I know that it will return once I get back to harder training.
Monday: 5 mile hilly run with 1 mile fast finish
Mondays are one of those days I could never take as a rest day, even though right now I’m experimenting with which day of the week best serves as a rest day. I need a run on Monday to enjoy some fresh air, get the creativity flowing, and not despise the fact that it’s Monday. Yes, even when you work for yourself from home, Mondays are still one of the least favorite days of the week.
Tuesday: 20 minutes Pilates + 45 minute walk with Charlie
I was still feeling some lingering fatigue from backpacking and hadn’t take a rest day in 10 days, so I took today off from running. I have no problem moving around my rest days as I need and listening to my body.
So I tried a new Pilates workout (an advanced Pilates workout from Evolution Pilates) and spent 20 minutes with my core burning from all of the inversions. This was a hard workout but definitely one worth repeating in the future.
Charlie and I spent our lunch hour enjoying a leisurely (because Charlie stops and sniffs everything) walk to get in some steps while still resting.
Wednesday: AM: 7 mile easy run; PM: 30 minutes strength training
I’ve altered my strength routine after listening to this Runner’s Connect podcast on strength training for runners and after struggling with uphill backpacking last weekend. I used to always lift weights for endurance, so high reps with lower weights. I found this higher weight strength workout from Runner’s World and started out a couple weeks ago with 15-lb dumbbells to learn the movement. This week I upped to 20-lb and 25-lb dumbbells, which provided a hard yet satisfying strength workout. I also started my workout with some mobility work and form drills.
Thursday: 4 mile easy run
I felt the fatigue of weight lifting in my legs, so I kept my effort very easy and averaged somewhere around a 9:00/mile. The best part of this run? It is finally cold enough again to wear a long sleeve shirt and shorts in the morning – no more heat wave!
Friday: AM: 8 mile easy run with 2 mile moderate progression; PM: 20 minutes Pilates
I’m still taking a comfortable and conservative approach since my foot still twinges from time to time, so I kept this week’s long run wasn’t really long at all again. I maintained a relaxed, easy pace until the final 2 miles, when I picked up the pace to a moderate effort and ended slightly faster than where I think my current marathon pace would be.
Seattle may get its share of rainy days, but few things beat our blue skies!
Saturday: 5 mile steady state run on the treadmill
A threatening forecast of rain (which never really manifested into actual rain) caused us to alter our plans and opt for lazy day treadmill run (i.e. not driving anywhere to run). I’ve lost all mental tolerance for the treadmill and need to keep my workouts interesting on it, so after a warm up mile I just played with the speed up and down throughout my steady state range (which is near marathon pace or slightly slower). Still pretty comfortable in terms of effort, but just something different. I have no idea how during graduate school or even winters in northwest Indiana I could run 10-14 miles on the treadmill no problem.
Sunday: 7.5 mile hike, 1400 foot vertical gain
The change in season transform the mountains. When we first hiked Annette Lake back last fall, the ruby and orange hue tress reflected into the water. In winter we barely transversed halfway up the mountains before turning around due to the deep, powdery snowfall. And now, in late spring/early summer, the level of the lake rises high up against the shore thanks to melt and fog lingers over the spring foliage. It’s truly gorgeous and makes the repeating a trail feel like a whole new hike.
We woke up early at 5 AM and arrived at the trailhead early before the mass of crowds arrived. By the time we left, the parking lot was packed and cars lined over a quarter mile down the road!
We reached the lake around 9:30 and soaked in the sunlight, cold mountain air, and breathtaking views.
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