My spring race schedule doesn’t leave much time for rest and recovery. The Reston 10 Miler was exactly one month before the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run last weekend, and the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 miler is only two weeks away. With that in mind, I jumped back into my regularly scheduled workout program last week, but after Saturday’s long run I realized that my legs are tired and need time to refresh if I want to make the best of the Parkway Classic.
Is this Garmin’s idea of a “motivational” message on race day?
I think it should have said “… off the charts!”
Monday: Strength routine at home, including a few rounds of this core workout.
Tuesday morning: Recovery run in my neighborhood, breaking in the RUseeN vest I picked up at the Cherry Blossom expo. I’ve been wearing my quilted white Athleta vest for visibility on my dark o’clock runs, but need something lighter for spring. Although this vest is black, it has tons of reflective stitching and accents.
This was meant to be an easy run, but my legs felt good! Maybe that Epsom salt bath I took after the race did more good than I thought.
Tuesday evening: I convinced a friend to join me at CorePower Yoga for a CP2 class after work–followed by dinner of course!
Wednesday: Indoor cycling–my favorite 45 minute Real Ride class at Revolve.
Thursday: When my day trip to NYC was cancelled I couldn’t resist joining some MRTT friends for hill repeats. Sometimes I alternate the long hill with the shorter one, but this time I decided to focus on the shorter one, which I did 6 times. Then I had to run uphill to get home. :-/
Friday: Strength routine at home, including squats and lunges.
Saturday: Long run in my neighborhood, in between rain showers and before it snowed. When I woke up I thought the rain was over, but as I was heading out the skies darkened enough to make me go back for a jacket and hat (my other purchase at the Cherry Blossom expo).
Two miles into this run, I knew my legs were tired, and would need some recovery time before the Parkway Classic. I also remembered that last year I needed KT Tape to get through the Parkway Classic (you can see how I had to tape myself here), which is a sign that I probably over-trained this time last year.
Sunday: Rest Day. I wanted to go for a bike ride, but by the time it warmed up enough I was firmly planted on the sofa gearing up for a power nap. I figured it was a good start on my plan to cut back during the week ahead.
So, I need to cut back. I don’t want to, because I love my workouts. I don’t want to miss spinning, or running at the track with my MRTT friends, or my long run next weekend. But I will make some adjustments. I’ll hold myself accountable and report back next week. 😉