This week was a much needed cutback week for me. I planned to run less last week because I was starting a new phase of strength training (which always leaves me a little sore) but I really didn’t have the desire or energy to run anything more than I did. I think the dark, cold mornings during the week are catching up to me. On Saturday we got our first snowfall of the season. It was supposed to start the night before, so I sort of convinced myself I would do a shorter-long run. The snow didn’t start until after I finished running, but I kept my run short anyway.
During Saturday’s run my legs just didn’t want to move. Mentally, I felt like running, but physically, it was a struggle. I may keep all my runs next week short and easy too if I’m still feeling this way. (Or, I’ll do a 5 mile race on Saturday. I didn’t sign up yet, but if there are still spots open I might register on race morning.) This was my lowest weekly mileage (by far) since September and I think all those miles finally caught up to me. It was only a matter of time!
Monday: Strength training phase 4 (day 1)
I always get excited to start a new phase of strength training! Once again, I am doing some of the same exercises but also some new ones. There are a few that I did in previous phases so it was nice to take a break from those and come back to them again.
Tuesday: 3.5 easy miles
I felt like even though I was running slower than usual, my effort was much higher than it should have been. I had taken 3 days off of running so I don’t know why this was such a struggle. Maybe my legs were tired from strength training? (They didn’t “feel” sore.)
Wednesday: Strength training phase 4 (day 2)
Another great strength training workout. This time I’m doing one-legged hamstring curls- ouch! These take me a long time because I need t go really slowly to use proper form. I thought I would be really sore from them but surprisingly I felt ok.
Thursday: 4 easy miles
I felt a little better on this run. Still, I didn’t push it too much and just kept it short and easy.
Friday: 30 minutes spinning and core work
I hadn’t been on the spin bike in 2 weeks so it was nice to be back.
Saturday: 6 miles
As I said early, my legs did not want to cooperate for this run. Any time I ran up a hill it was like they forgot what to do. Oh well, after 3 months of good long runs this had to happen at some point.
We ended up getting a few inches of snow the rest of the day. It started around 9am and continued on through the evening. Luckily it didn’t stick to the roads much but it looks like there is about 2-3 inches on our deck. It feels like it’s too early in the season to be getting snow!
I tried to take some time to focus on recovery by foam rolling and doing some mobility exercises.
If you remember a few weeks ago, I said that I was going to try to lift heavier this month and cut back on running, so I guess my body is forcing me to do that. I’m hoping that after a few more days or another week or so of cutting back that I will feel good enough to increase my mileage just a bit and be able to hover around 15-20 miles per week for the next month or so.
How were your workouts last week?
Did you get snow this weekend?
Do you plan cutback weeks or take them when you feel like you need them?
Ever have a long run when your legs just didn’t want to cooperate?