Another week of 2020 has come and gone. Now that my Race Across Maryland challenge is over, I didn’t have much to focus on with my running this week. I figured I would just keep doing what I’ve been doing. We did have some rain come through which finally started to cool things off a little bit. I guess you can say at this point I’m just running in maintenance mode while I figure out what’s next.
Weekly Run Down
Monday: Strength Training + 4.2 Stroller Miles
Tuesday: 6.5 Miles with modified Pyramid Workout + Hip and Glute Exercises
Wednesday: Strength Training + 3.6 Stroller Miles
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 9 Miles (with 3 x 3 mile progressions)
Saturday: 3.6 Stroller Miles + Core Work
Sunday: 5.2 Miles
Early in the week, after both of my strength training sessions, my legs were a little sore. It didn’t help that I did a fartlek run in between those workouts. I don’t love how my schedule looks right now, with my hard running day in between my two strength sessions, but logistically it works out best. As I write that I am not even sure why I am convinced that it works best. It’s not like I have anywhere to go impacting what day I could do what workout!
I need to think about making some adjustments but I am a creature of habit and this routine has been working well all summer. So not sure I want to mess with it.
Obstacle Course Stroller Runs
When I run alone with the stroller I usually don’t follow the same exact route each day, although we stay in the same area within about a mile from our house. On Monday I felt like it was an obstacle course! More people were out walking than usual so I was trying to go to the other side of the street before passing them or turning early to avoid going by them. There were overgrown bushes everywhere and construction happening on the main road with one of the sidewalks closed. Not to mention a certain toddler was extremely needy that day and I felt like I had to stop about a dozen times. Oh well, we got the run done but it was interesting!
The other two times I ran with the stroller were less eventful. Rob was with us both times and when we run together we do the same route so we both know where we will be turning, how much is left, etc. I guess the route we do is a little quieter and more open, however, it’s hillier so I’m always happy to share stroller pushing duties!
Stretching and Planking
Somehow I have managed to keep up with my daily stretching (or rolling) and planking. I’ve needed to be very intentional about getting it in. Before having kids I would have thought that being home all day it would be no big deal to get in 10 minutes of stretching and a 2 minute plank. Now I know it’s not always easy! Some days I will take out a bunch of foam rollers and he will play with some of them while I use one. However, it only lasts about a minute before he wants the one I am using so we are constantly switching. Oh and if I try to plank with him around I will inevitably end up with an extra 25+ pounds of weight on my back which I guess will only make me stronger.
Running in Maintenance Mode
So for now I guess I’ll just keep doing what I am doing. I keep thinking that I want to take a few days or a week or so off of running just as a break before the fall. Usually after a season of training/racing I’ll take a break and because there haven’t been any real races I haven’t planned any down time. I may just base this around the weather, if we have more extreme heat or rain. Once it finally cools off I probably won’t want to take time off.
Anyone else running in maintenance mode right now?
Do you ever take time off running just to reset and give yourself a break?
Every feel like you’re running through an obstacle course?