As I wrote about last week, I’m taking a couple of weeks to cut back on running and prepare to build back up to training for a marathon again this fall. To prove that I’m keeping true to my word, I’ll share my workouts from the last few weeks (the last time I did a recap was June 21st.)
Week of June 22-June 28
Sunday 6/22: 60 Minutes Waterfront Yoga at the Inner Harbor
Monday 6/23: 5.6 miles, easy (8:36 pace), PM- Body Pump
Tuesday 6/24: 6 miles, easy (9:02 pace)
Wednesday 6/25: 3.12 miles easy (9:12 pace), Body Pump, CX Works
Thursday 6/26: 5.76 miles in Boston (8:48 pace)
Friday 6/27: ~8 miles in Cape Cod (no garmin)
Saturday 6/28: 3.2 miles in Cape Cod (8:22 pace)
Week of June 29-July 5
Sunday June 29: Rest
Monday June 30: Rest
Tuesday July 1: 4.11 miles (8:37 pace)
Wednesday July 2: Elliptical, Body Pump, CX Works, PM-Yoga
Thursday July 3: 3.2 miles (8:17 pace)
Friday July 4: 5.4 miles easy (8:58 pace)
Saturday July 5: Rest
That’s right, I only ran 13 miles last week. I took 3 complete rest days (Sunday, when I was in the RRCA course all day, Monday, traveling back from Boston, and Saturday, because I had a race the following day).
I think the hardest part about cutting back is dealing with the feelings of “I should…”. Typically society is trying to motivate us to work out more, not to rest more, so it takes a lot of mental shifting to realize that its ok to do less sometimes and that it can be beneficial for long term goals.
I wasn’t exactly trying to get my mileage quite so low, but the nice part was I didn’t think about it and that was just how it worked out. I would expect it to be a little higher this week but probably no more than 20 miles.
I am also using some of this time of running less to tweak my eating a bit to see what will work best for me when I start training again. I recently read “The Paleo Diet for Athletes” and just finished “It Starts With Food” (The Whole30). I really like many of the concepts of Paleo which I had started incorporating into my diet- specifically trying to cut back on sugar. I wouldn’t do The Whole30 any time soon for a variety of reasons (maybe I’ll share in another post) but I do like making gradual changes to see how they affect me.
How has your running been lately?
Have you read about Paleo/Whole30?
Has anyone tried The Whole30?