When you give a marathon-trainee an entire week that reads “6 mi, easy”, she is bound to go a little stir crazy.
I got lucky that my “stepback” week fell on my “MOVING week!”; I have no LR to worry about somehow squeezing in before we depart on Saturday. I also have no inevitable-leg-cramps to worry about, that were bound to come from 18 miles + 12 hours in the car. That is not a recipe for success, runners.
In place of Tempo Runs, or Speed workouts, or new Long Distances, I simply see a repetitive plan. If you know me, you know I don’t always follow the “plan”.
Yesterday morning, I met Anne P for a trail-run at our usual spot. She took some gorgeous and fun pictures of our scenery; it’s not too hard to find yourself surrounded by Nature, even in the middle of this city.
We put in 5 miles, at an easy conversational pace, and had a gorgeous morning cooperating with us. Thanks, DC!
She treated me to one of her Vegan Almond Butter Breakfast Bars, and one Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars. Delicioso!
I’m going to miss this chick, her baking, and our trail running! Come visit in CO? Please? I’ll make you snacks, next time. 😉
When projects take over your day, I highly recommend a Mexican-style Salad, Blue Corn Chips, a good book & a quick walk around the neighborhood. See below.
Mini Pearl Tomatoes
Sliced Orange Pepper
1/2 c Corn
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Toss everything together, and top with hummus! For some crunch, enjoy some tortilla chips on the side.
Now, take a walk! Explore. Get some sunshine, soak in that Vitamin D.
Your stir-crazy legs will Thank You.
This morning, I headed out for a Solo Run. I haven’t run, completely alone (no bike next to me? no running buddy?) in at least a month. The iPod & tunes were left at home, since I never use it anymore (conversation is a much better distraction!). I brought a 16-oz water bottle, and will admit that I’m proud of my arms for holding it without problem! I’m also proud of myself for drinking it consistently. Small victories, here.
Another “6 miles, easy” just didn’t seem to jive; I did “8 miles, with hills” instead. When In DC, right? I trekked along my favorite trail, Rock Creek, up to Iwo Jima, into Georgetown and up to P street, across to Dupont and up Connecticut. Push it, legs! Soon enough, it will be inclines and altitude that we battle together. Get ready!
8.3 miles, 1:13:45
Long-ish run for this week? Done!
How do you treat your stepback weeks?
Any other restless runners in the house?