I went into the week without a real plan, which is very unlike me. I was still working from home every day, and the only day I had childcare help with Wednesday when Rob took off. So my plan was to do stroller runs and take a rest day when the weather was bad. It really became a “go with the flow” week of running. And spoiler alert- I didn’t take a rest day on the worst day of weather. Oops!
Weekly Run Down: A “Go With the Flow” Week of Running
Monday: 4.1 Stroller Miles + Mobility
Tuesday: 4.4 Stroller Miles + Core/Glutes
Wednesday: Strength Training + 4 Treadmill Miles
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: Strength Training + 4 Stroller Miles
Saturday: 8.2 Miles + Core/Glutes
Sunday: 5 Treadmill Miles with Hills
So let’s start by talking about how strength training played into this “go with the flow” week of running. I was starting a new phase this week and my strength coach didn’t have it ready for me at the start of the week. On Tuesday my workouts were uploaded, so I figured I would do them on Wednesday and Friday. (I prefer to not lift on the weekends and spend that time running instead).
Well, Wednesday brought pouring rain all day. As I said, Rob was off that day so I wasn’t going to do a stroller run anyway. (I wanted to take advantage of extra work time!) So I lifted and then ran on the treadmill. It all worked out just fine.
I was pretty sore from the new exercises this week. There is a big focus on hamstrings and bench presses. But it felt good to feel some muscles firing in a different way than I’ve felt in awhile.
Clearly there were alot of stroller miles this week! Since this was a “go with the flow” week of running, I wasn’t really worried about mileage. 4 miles seems to be our limit, although if I’m lucky I can push it to closer to 5.
We went back to the park on Friday. It was so humid and really windy. I love running on the path there but it does get somewhat busy, even early, and I need to hop onto the grass to get around walkers and their dogs. Sure, I could ask them to move, but by the time I asked and they actually moved over and got their dogs to move with them it seems like a waste of time. My stroller wheels are really gross from being on the muddy grass.
Of course we spent some time on the playground while we were there. We ran 2.5 miles, played, then ran 1.5 miles and played some more. And this week we had the playground to ourselves!
A planned but unplanned rest day
I went into the week not knowing when my rest day would be. After running on Wednesday when it was raining, I saw that the rest of the week would be warm. But I woke up sore on Thursday and figured that was a good reason to make it a rest day. Plus warm and sunny weather on a rest day meant we could walk instead!
A Perfect Long Run
My long run this weekend wasn’t very “long”, but the weather was finally perfect! It was 48 degrees when I started and I got to see a clear sunrise about halfway through my run. Once it got lighter out I ventured away from home and ran a bit of a different route. The way I went has a slight uphill on the way out and a downhill on the way back, so I ended the run feeling great.
My next “race” is a virtual marathon relay in the beginning of May with the Brooks Run Happy Team, so I’m not too worried about long runs at this point.
Sunday was rainy with a chance of thunderstorms so I ran on the treadmill. I even forced myself to do some hills! This week may be another go with the flow week or running, although I am trying to come up with a loose plan, so we’ll see if I’m able to follow it!
Do you plan your workouts or follow a “go with the flow” approach?
Do you like to take rest days when the weather is bad?
Ever run a marathon relay?