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Better Late Than Never
Last year I got out of the habit of stretching and practicing yoga because both bothered my back, and as a result, getting back into stretching on a regular basis became my goal for 2021. My weekly goal has been to try to spread three stretching sessions out over the course of the week, but this week I completely forgot to do any stretching until Thursday. At least I eventually remembered and as they say, “Better late than never.”
Overview of the Week
Before discussing each day’s workouts, here’s an overview of my workouts from this past week. Scroll down for daily details…
With very sore quads from all of the hills at Saturday’s race, I took a total rest day and my body appreciated it.
It wasn’t until later in the morning that I had a chance to lift for an hour and once I finished, I walked 3 miles with my husband at a 17:59 average pace. He likes to relax and take things in so my walks are always slower with him, but I loved that he had time to join me. It was 63° and sunny and I was happy to be outside.
I was up and out the door at 6:45 AM for my 5K run (9:12 average pace) before logging on to train my first client. It was 40° and sunny and perfect running weather. Just after noon, I walked a 5K with a client (20:35 average pace) and by then the temperature had risen to 72°. Later in the afternoon, I spent about an hour doing a variety of gardening chores in the yard and then called it a day.
After a busy cardio day on Tuesday, I limited my workout to an hour of strength training.
Even though it was Earth Day, I just wasn’t feeling it to go outside for my bike ride (30’s with feels like right around freezing so I waited until later in the day and it still felt nippy outside so hopped on my spin bike (affiliate link) for a 30-mile ride at a 16.7 MPH average speed. After my ride, I foam rolled and stretched for 10 minutes each.
Up early, I lifted for an hour while allowing it to warm up a little (to 41°) before I headed outside for a 5K run. My legs were heavy from the previous afternoon’s spin and lifting for the past hour so I ran completely on feel and finished with a 9:30 average pace. An hour later, I got in 10 minutes of yoga and 15 minutes of stretching during the 45-minute virtual balance and stretching class I teach.
I went to bed with zero plans to join Bill and our Dawn Patrol friends for their Saturday morning ride. We’d ridden the same course in late October and at the time I’d described it in my recap as a difficult course with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. With my legs feeling trashed from Thursday’s and Friday’s workouts, I decided to see how my legs felt when I woke up and if they were up to it, I’d go out for an easy solo ride on the W&OD Trail. Of course, I woke up earlier than planned and had a bad case of FOMO so I quickly pulled my biking gear together and jumped in the car with Bill for the 45-minute drive to the 9:30 AM start. It was 60° at the start and rose into the mid-60’s and overall a delightful day to be outside.
Yes, my quads were screaming at times, but that’s nothing new for some of the hills we climb. I finished my 42-mile ride with an average speed of 14.3 MPH, only .2 slower than in October when I was in really good cycling shape. There wasn’t a single moment that I regretted tagging along and this time we were treated with seeing Longhorns – just wish they had been standing closer to the fence.
Here’s What You Might Have Missed
In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…
- • Sunday – Weekly RunDown: April 11 – 17 / First Live Race in Seventeen Months
- • Tuesday – 2021 Courage Day 5K Race Recap
- • When was the last time you let FOMO dictate your actions?
- • Do you have trouble giving your body the rest and recovery time it needs?
- • Did you run in a race this weekend? If so, was it live or virtual?
And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!
I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but those of the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!
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