I’ve been slacking again. Not a whole lot of strength training or yoga this week. I was fighting off a cold, off and on, and, of course, just super busy with Thanksgiving prep.
Thankfully I never felt bad enough that I had to skip a run. I knew I might be better off with extra rest days, but with the holiday and everything going on, I just didn’t have a lot of wiggle room. And let’s not forget the cold and insane winds at the beginning of the week!
I didn’t get my weekly mileage up where I like to to be again with this very short training cycle. Too much stuff going on. I feel pretty strong, though, and I don’t have any major goals for my upcoming half — except to finish, pain free, of course.
- Monday: 3.5 mile easy treadmill run
- Tuesday: 3 mile easy treadmill run
- Wednesday: Dogwalk
- Thursday: Cohoes Turkey Trot (Roughly 4 miles with WU & CD), YFR Foundation
- Friday: Dogwalk
- Saturday: 8 mile LSD/tempo with Darlene, then all the sushi (well, some)
- Sunday: YFPR Align & Alleviate, Dogwalk
Mileage: 18.5 (+1.7)
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It was cold. It was insanely windy. Windchill temps in the teens. Yeah, I could have run outside, but it was too cold even to walk the dogs outside. I had tried the previous day with Bandit, but basically had to literally drag him to get him started (almost, anyway), and decided fine, you can not walk on really cold days.
Thankfully Bandit has been doing okay, so far, with the weather induced-reduced exercise.
Same weather, same treadmill, same pace. I felt as though I was fighting something off, and normally I probably would have taken an extra rest day. And maybe I should have. But I didn’t.
It was a very cold Turkey Trot (and you can come back Tuesday to read the recap). But it definitely put me in a good mood for the rest of the day, which sort of felt like a marathon with barely time to sit down. I was also feeling better, although by Friday I felt like I was fighting something off again (my sister’s cold, maybe?).
Saturday dawned just ugly. Cold steady rain. Ugh! But it was supposed to stop later in the day. Sunday was supposed to be colder and more windy, plus Darlene and I independently came to the same conclusion: we’d rather get our last LSD out of the way and have a rest day before the start of our taper week.
I felt kind of crappy in the morning, and I was dragging, although as always when running with Darlene, I ran faster than I might by myself. Oddly I felt better afterwards. We chatted about our upcoming trip. And luckily the rain actually did stop before we started to run.
Favorites of the week
My sparkly converse (even if there is now glitter all over the house). Cute and comfortable. They also matched the placemats I bought almost last minute — I really liked them, too!
That my family actually played along with my post-it notes on the table about what we’re thankful for this year.
That everyone — even my mom — well, with the exception of Mr. Judy who didn’t try it — loved my massaged kale salad. It was a big hit. My sister requested the recipe. I love that a healthy recipe was the favorite one!
Another good race and chatting up & hanging with some new runner buddies at the start of the race. I don’t know anyone who does the Cohoes Turkey Trot . . . only I did, I actually ran into one of last year’s coaches from my running group as we lined up.
That Bandit mostly behaved himself. I’ll probably do his usual update on Thursday, but he enjoyed a lot of petting, sat on strange people’s laps, and seemed to like my parents (who are dog people, although my Dad can be a little rough) just fine.
He’s had a lot more freedom in the house, with Mr. Judy being home most of the week, and unfortunately he’ll be losing that tomorrow since I can’t always keep an eye on him when it’s just me and I don’t think he’s ready for complete freedom yet.
That Thanksgiving is over with. I feel like I can relax — sort of — for the first time in many, many months. I’m taking a very short off season before spring half training begins. I still have to think about how I want to train and how long I want my off season to be!
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
How’d your Thanksgiving go?
Are you done with racing for the year?
If you are done, are you happy or sad about that?