Good morning and happy Monday! I can’t believe January is already over. An entire month of marathon training for a marathon that I’m not even sure I’m running. Hah! After yesterday’s long run I was like, “how are my runs already up to 26km?!?!” I don’t know how this happened so fast. This Sunday I’m supposed to be running 30km. Is this normal? I don’t think so. Kind of cool to know that my body can still run these distances though. Maybe not fast…but that’s okay.
I had a pretty low key weekend with the main event(s) being going to Home Depot and hanging two prints (side by side) above my sofa. I’m not even going to tell you how long it took me to get them exactly even. My OCD kicked in and I had to keep adjusting the wires in the back, even if they were off by a millimetre. It was exhausting. Like, even more exhausting than yesterday morning’s 26km run. No lie.
Now let’s talk training!
Here is a look at last week:
Tuesday: 5.25 miles
Wednesday: track workout -> warm-up + 2 min hard, 1 min jog / 1 min hard, 30 sec jog / 30 sec hard, 30 sec jog (repeat 5x) + cool down = 5.46 miles total
Friday: 6.25 miles
Saturday: 4 miles
Sunday: 16 miles
TOTAL: 36.96 miles
It was a pretty good week and I am starting to feel comfortable running 35-40 miles total. I am also thinking that I am going to stick to my two rest days per week. I like it better this way and don’t feel like training takes over my life when I give myself that extra day. I’m more balanced and happy!
Rest days involve a lot of this:
Sport Chek recently sent me a package full of some awesome recovery goodies (all pictured above) so I thought I’d share them with you. They are going to be essential in keeping me injury-free during this training cycle. I’ve gotten SO much better at taking some time to roll out on my run days. I think I stretched and rolled a grand total of five times in 2016.
RAD Roller Massage Ball – Who needs a masseuse when you have one of these? Seriously. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with the RAD Roller Massage Ball because it hurts so good. It gets in all of those hard-to-reach spots and really releases all of that tension. I love using it on my back. I swear I could just lay on the floor all day and give myself a back massage!
Triggerpoint Grid Foam Roller – I’ve used a lot of different foam rollers in my life and although they all kinda do the same thing, the grid design on this one really gets all the kinks out. Foam rolling is one of those things that I usually dread doing but when it’s over, I feel like my legs are fresh and ready for my next run.
Triggerpoint Grid Stick – I don’t find this as effective as a foam roller but I do love that it is handheld and so I can use it while I’m sitting, standing, etc. I can comfortably watch Netflix on my sofa and roll out at the same time. I also like its portability. A foam roller takes up quite a bit of room in a suitcase so the Triggerpoint Grid Stick is a great alternative to take along with me on race weekends.
What are your favourite recovery tools?
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