Happy Friday! I had a late start at work today so I was able to wake up and run a 10K before heading out. I was actually pretty surprised at how good I felt because a lot of my runs have been pretty blah lately. I haven’t really been able to get into a good groove but today’s miles felt pretty effortless so I’m happy!
I am one to constantly re-evaluate my training and figure out what works best for me and my body. I am already in week four of marathon training and although I have been following a plan, I have been making adjustments when needed. Instead of doing two speed workouts a week, sometimes I just do one. During my second week of training, I didn’t do any. I just listen to my body and try to still get the mileage in as long as life allows me to. Going from zero speed work to two intense workouts per week might not be the best idea…so I am okay with swapping my workout for an easy run or an extra rest day. At least for now!
Speaking of rest days, let’s talk run streaks! I follow a lot of people in Instagram that completely amaze me. Have you guys heard of @ultrarunnersd?! Sean has ben run streaking for over 2200 days! That is over 6 years of running every. single. day. He’s completed three 200-mile races and TWENTY 100-mile races. I am in awe of people who have bodies that allow them to do such things. Seriously. I got to meet Sean and his wife (Jenny @runnylegs) in New York – both so nice and inspiring.
I made my own attempt at run streaking and I think I lasted…two weeks?? On my designated rest days I just ran an easy mile or two. Honestly, I loved the feeling of running every day, even if it was just for 10-15 minutes. I also liked the challenge. But for me, there are days where I just have zero desire to move if I don’t have to. I take my rest almost too seriously and am the epitome of lazy on those days.
I am still adhering my my whole #NoDaysOff by ensuring that I am still doing something on my rest days to help me become a better runner. Usually that involves foam rolling, stretching and prepping food for the week so that I can fuel my body with exactly what it needs to perform and recover.
One last thing. I want to introduce you to my new favourite running jacket:
I recently got it at Sport Chek. It’s not on the website but I know it’s a new item because I am literally there at least once a week looking for new arrivals. So much of my cold weather running gear is black so when I saw this, I had to have it. I am obsessed with the colour. It’s pretty lightweight but has actually been perfect because it’s been really mild here. I just wear it with a thermal long sleeve underneath and I am good to go! Oh, and it has thumbholes (win) and zipped pockets (double win). I am wearing a size small for reference – enough room to fit one or two layers underneath!
What do you think of run streaks and rest days? I’m curious!
Disclaimer: I am a Sport Chek ambassador and they provided me with a gift card which I used to purchase the featured jacket.