- Run: 18 miles
- Yoga: 90 minutes
- Elliptical: 70 minutes
- Dance: 20 minutes
- Run: 8 miles
- Elliptical: 25 minutes
- Deep Water Run: 45 minutes
- Strength & Flexibility training: 45 minutes
- Run: 7 miles
- 60 minute massage
- Elliptical: 20 minutes
- Strength & Flexibility training: Core focus: 40 minutes
- Run: 20 miles
- Yoga: 90 minutes
Total time: 2:49:29 for 20 miles (8:28 pace per mile)
First 10 miles: 1:30:40 (9:04 pace per mile)
Second 10 miles: 1:18:49 (7:52 pace per mile)
Resulting in a 11:51 negative split!!!!!!!
So this was a crazzzzzy week! Training went really well, but my lower back was tight all week, and was getting worse with each passing day. I have suffered from lower back issues since I was in 7th grade, I injured myself during track & field season, and that’s when the chiropractor visits began. About every 12-15 months I get a week where my back is super tight and sore, and then randomly I can’t stand up completely straight and am out of commission for a few days. Well, Thursday after my run, I knew what was in my immediate future – lots of stretching, icing, Aleve-popping and very little running. UGH.
Friday I had intentions of doing an 8 miler with 12 hill repeats…I definitely was not able to run when I woke up at 4:30am in intense pain, and decided I could handle a pool run and some time in the hot tub at the gym. Welp, my workout lasted about 5 minutes because it hurt THAT bad. I lucked out and ended up getting a massage scheduled for 10am, which helped a TON. I was still not able to do much, so I stretched and walked as much as I could to stay loose. Saturday, I went to the gym and was only able to stand 20 minutes on the elliptical, and then spent the remainder of my workout doing any physical therapy exercise I could think of, to help alleviate any pain and tightness.
I said many prayers to anyone upstairs that would listen, to just let my back feel good enough to run…Welp, I think someone was listening! I rolled outta bed at 6am this morning, slammed some banana, dark chocolate dreams peanut butter and some Gatorade and was out the door. I was really hesitant for the first few miles because I was so nervous about tweaking my back the pitch black sky and slick roads didn’t do much for my psyche. I also wanted to go out the gate somewhat conservatively, as it’s been a while since I tackled a 20-miler.
The miles just flew by, before I knew it, it was time to ingest some GU and turn around. My last 10 miles, I coached myself internally and picked up the pace a bit. My estimation was I was running about 8:30 clips…Welp, my internal GPS must be busted, because I was averaging 7:52 pace per mile during the final 10 miles! I had a negative split of almost 12 minutes. I wish I knew what caused this fire under my tush!!!
After the last few weeks, it felt so amazing to have such a great run! After my run, I did my usual: quick shower, slammed some food, and off to yoga I went. Today’s yoga session was designed specifically for me the yoga gods must have been listening to my pleads last night! We did a ton of different poses that focused on…you guessed it: hamstrings, hips and lower back.
Post-yoga, I treated myself to yet another veggie burrito the size of my head and plan on eating a ton more throughout the day, as I managed to scorch somewhere in the realm of 2,000 calories today in my workouts alone. God, I love
eating being a runner!
78 days ’til I run through the Wellesley College scream tunnel!