What is it about a good long run that can make all your problems disappear, at least temporarily? Today I wanted to talk a little about the magic of the long run, but also share my workouts from last week.
First off, I hope all of you who celebrated had a nice Christmas! I am sort of wondering what day it is and it’s only going to confuse things further that I am posting my weekly wrap on a Tuesday. It’s a good thing I started drafting this last week, otherwise I probably wouldn’t remember anything that happened before Christmas!
Monday: Strength Training and 20 minutes spin bike
I had run 7 miles of Sunday, so I moved things around so that I would have a day off of running.
I also shared my #2017bestnine on Instagram! Lots of pictures representing my return to running.
Tuesday: 6 mile fartlek run
I did the same workout that I completed about 3 weeks ago. 10 minute warm up, 5 x 3 minutes hard with 1 minute easy, 7 x 1 minute hard with 45 seconds easy, 10 minute cool down. (Last time I did 6 of the 1 minute intervals, this time I added another). My times were slower than a few weeks ago and my legs just didn’t want to move any faster. But fartlek runs are all about effort, and I gave it what I could on that day.
Wednesday: Strength training and 10 minutes spin bike
Rob is getting back on a workout schedule before he starts training for a spring marathon, so he asked me to start his plan for last week. We were both in the basement for our workouts which I think he hated. I was making comments about his effort on the bike and his strength training exercises. I know he will appreciate all the tough love when he meets his goals this spring:)
Thursday: 4 miles easy
Just an easy 4 to get moving for the day. As you will see this week was all thrown off but I wasn’t sure exactly how the rest of the week would play out so I figured it was better to get in a few miles.
Friday: 12 miles
Finally, a good long run! I took Friday off from work and saw that it was supposed to rain on Saturday. I was also thinking about how much running I would want to do on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and while traveling (stress relief!). So by moving my long run to Friday, I could take off Saturday and then jump right back into things.
Saturday: Rest day
I did do some core work and mobility work, knowing I may slack a bit next week!
Sunday: 8 Mile Negative Split Workout
I love going back to this workout when I am looking to do something different for about 8-10 miles. I think my GPS was being weird during the 2nd mile because in the beginning part of the mile it was telling me I was running a 5-something pace! Overall it was a great run.
Somehow I hit 30 miles for the week! That’s my highest weekly mileage all year.
The Magic of the Long Run
Raise your hand if you use running to relieve stress. I know many of you are with me on that. While the short, day to day runs definitely help to manage stress, there is something different about the long run. There’s this feeling that goes along with it that is just hard to explain. I think it’s based more on mindset than distance.
Over the past 3 weeks my “long runs” were 6 miles, 7 miles, and 12 miles. During the 6 and 7 milers I was dragging and just trying to get it done. However, during the 12 miler it was such a different experience. The feeling where you are just running step after step and you aren’t even quite sure what mile you are in but you are somewhat aware of where you need to run to cover your planned distance.
My last real long run (11 miles) was on December 1st. That’s 3 weeks during one of the most stressful months of the year. I felt like during Friday’s run I was just running off all the stress of the month and preparing myself for the approaching holidays.
It really made me wonder how I got through all those months without running (long runs in particular) over the last year. It shows that we are resilient and can figure out other ways to cope. But I don’t think there is any replacement for the long run euphoria. I got back from my run just so thankful that I am able to experience these feelings again.
Do you think there is a magic to the long run?
Have you been running to relieve stress during the holidays?
How were your workouts last week?