Moving my long run to Saturday meant no need for a rest day this Monday so started the week at CrossFit and as much fun as the class was it TOASTED my legs, heavy squats followed by many many lunges apparently don’t mix well with tired legs!
6 miles Zone 2 recovery run on Tuesday and heavy legged doesn’t come close to explaining how hard it was to drag my feet round, it was a BEAUTIFUL spring evening and my legs didn’t give up like I thought they might and surprisingly my cadence stayed relatively high so pretty happy with run looking back.
CrossFit on Wednesday started with a technique session on handstands, I do not enjoy being upside down but at least it gave my legs a rest before the inevitable scorching they got on the Assault Bike, we repeated a workout from last seasons affiliate league and I’d forgotten how hard 10 minutes of work can be.
Oh dear my legs were feeling it on Thursday morning so father than do my planned run I made an appointment for a sport massage to try and work out some of my kinks. I’m not usually a fan of being prodded at but having someone who know what they’re doing work my tired muscles definitely helps and although not much fun at the time I think it’s worth it.
My legs felt significantly better on Friday morning and eased off even more by the time I finished work, so I cancelled my CrossFit class and headed out for a nice easy run to see how things felt. The answer was not great, so I only managed 3 very slow miles.
Maybe those 3 miles on Friday were what I needed as I felt great on Saturday and with JUST 50 DAYS TO GO I headed out for my long run, 16 miles and the first 10 were along trails and I felt great!! Tested out something closer to my race fuelling plan with a gel (SIS Isotonic) every 5ish miles and it seemed to work, felt like I had plenty of energy and my stomach was fine. Some absolutely stunning views on the route, but at times the wind so close to the sea made it harder than it probably should have been so my pace suffered a little, particularly through the dunes, but all in all a GREAT run, when 16 easy miles actually do feel easy you must be doing something right?
All day poolside Sunday judging at my daughters swim meet (gala), she swam so well and I finally got the last of my credits signed off to be fully qualified so it was worth it but a full day standing wasn’t as much of a rest day as I had planned and my legs felt more tired after that than they did from yesterday’s run!
As a side note, I am still going with my press-ups, it’s hard work up to 60 a day now and I’m working hard on building more foam rolling/stretching into my days as well as hitting 10k plus steps so overall, I’m happy with how things are going.
20 mile “race” next Sunday which I won’t be racing as such but will be fully testing out my race day kit and fuelling plan, I’ve not really got a goal as my legs feel tired and I won’t be doing any kind of taper into it but I am looking forward to a bit of a fun run with a group of others likely training for a spring marathon as well!