I frequently tell my athletes about how life stress affects training. Over the past few weeks, a fair amount of stress took its toll – and then this week released that stress. Part of this included Isla’s weight returning to her percentile track after falling off the charts. I had been so worried about a problem, but the only issue was low milk supply – and supplementation proved a simple and effective solution. My anxiety eased down, and for the first time in weeks, more than a few days passed without an attack. As a result, my running felt better this week than it had in previous weeks.
I also ran in the snow twice this week. Something about those snowy runs just brings a sense of joy to a week, with the sense of both zen from the beauty of it and accomplishment from logging miles in tough conditions.
Monday: 5.4 miles
This run was a basic easy run on the treadmill, with rolling hills courtesy of iFit.
Tuesday: 5-4-3-2-1 fartlek (55 min total)
With each week, hard workouts feel better and my paces are faster. I am nowhere near where I used to be, but I am getting faster compared to when I was pregnant. I started out at an 8.1 mph (7:24/mile) and worked down to an 8.6 mph (6:55/mile) as the intervals got shorter. I could have pushed harder, but it is always better to do slightly less than overdo a workout.
Each week of the ReCore2 recommends completing the workout three to four times before progressing to the next. Since I slacked last week, I finished off a final Week 1 workout early in the morning. I intended to do more later in the week, but with a busy week, it did not happen.
Thursday: 5 mile run
I bundled up and headed out for an early morning run with Ollie. Within a couple of minutes, I realized the folly of attempting to run with him. We were both slipping and sliding, and Ollie had that look he gets when he is not enjoying something but continues to do it to please us. I dropped him off back home after less than 1/2 mile and then finished five miles on snowy pathways on my own.
Friday: 4 mile run
Ryan had the day off and family was staying with us, so we were able to run together for the first time since Isla was born. Time spent running together is worth the effort of bundling up to run in the snow! The pathways were covered in packed snow and icy patches, so we kept our pace very relaxed. I had missed our runs together so much!
Saturday: 9 mile fartlek run
I did not want to deal with ice, so I opted for the treadmill. Nine miles on the treadmill was a bit intimidating, so I selected an iFit course with rolling hills (which lasted for 7.1 out of the 9 miles) and add a moderate workout. After a two mile warm-up, I picked up to a moderate pace (7.5 mph) for the first two minutes of every mile, then settled back into an easy pace (6.7 mph). The pick-ups are not long enough or intense enough to make it a hard workout, but they do provide enough variety to pass miles by quickly on the treadmill.
This was one of the best runs I had in months – and the longest since March 2019.
Sunday: Rest Day
How was your week in running?
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