Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week in Review - 2/12 + A Giveaway

My knees are still bothering me a bit, but it didn't stop me from running about 18.5 miles yesterday. More on that below.

I've decided to rethink my ultra training plan. I was planning on running both Saturday and Sunday each weekend, but after my knees started hurting me last weekend, I decided just one long weekend run would probably be better. So, now I'm thinking a long run on Saturdays, an easy recovery run on Mondays, and another run on Thursdays (tempo?).

Week in Review - 02/12/16

Monday, 2/06

The Plan ↠ REST
Reality  ↠ Foam rolling and stretching after work.

Tuesday, 2/07

The Plan ↠ NTC The Descent | 39 min
Reality ↠ I surprisingly finished this workout faster than expected. It only took me 35:38. What?! I feel like I must have missed a couple exercises or something, because rep-based workouts usually always take me longer. lol.

Wednesday, 2/08

The Plan ↠ 2 mile Recovery Run + Benchmark
Reality ↠ 2.3 mile run with Sallie + Benchmark
I like taking Sallie with me on my mid-week runs because it forces me to take it easy. My knee was OK on the run; still a little tweaky, but OK overall. After my run, I did my Benchmark in 7 min. That's 1 1/2 minutes faster than when I did it a couple weeks ago! When I came out of the back room, Jeff was shocked at how sweaty I got in just 7 minutes.
Him: Whoa! I didn't think you were back there that long.
Me: 7 minutes, I guess.
Him: Impressive how sweaty you got!

Thursday, 2/09

The Plan ↠ Yoga+Core
Reality ↠ I did 3 yoga videos before work (Feet & Legs LoveHappy Hips & Pyramid Pose). None of them were exactly what I wanted. I probably should have chosen a longer practice from the get-go. I ran out of time to do anything specifically core-related. I thought about doing something after work, but that didn't happen, either.

Friday, 2/10

The Plan ↠ REST
Reality ↠ Since I skipped core on Thursday, I did a little yoga specifically for the core - Core Strength Ritual.

I also took a sick day from work. I've been feeling really rundown lately and had a headache most of the week. I just wanted to stay in bed all day. I slept in until 6AM and then took a nap from around 9 to 11:30.

I also discovered that Season 4 of Devious Maids has been added to Hulu. I watched 2 episodes. I don't know why I love the show so much. It's just light and fun, I guess.

Saturday, 2/11

The Plan ↠ 3-hour run, or at least 10.5 miles
Reality ↠ 5-hour run | 18.5 miles
My time and distance are estimates. My phone died with about 1 mile to go, but stopped accurately tracking me much earlier than that. My knees were still bothering me a bit, so I wore knee compression sleeves for this run. They helped a LOT. My knees are still a bit achy, but not as bad as they could have been.

It was a gorgeous morning! The skies were overcast and there was a slight breeze. It was perfect running weather.

Sunday, 2/12

The Plan ↠ 4-hour run, or at least 14 miles
Reality ↠ REST

DailyMile summary: February 6-12
February 6-12

Clean It Out, Use it Up update

Week 6: Duncan Hines Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix, which I used to make cookies from a recipe on the box.

Oh, before I forget! StrideBox sent me February box! Read my review of StrideBox here. The best part? They've agreed to let me host a giveaway for not one, but TWO StrideBoxes. Want one? Enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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What was the highlight of your week last week?

I'm linking up today with Tricia & Holly for the Weekly Wrap as well as Ilka & Angela for Sunday Fitness & Food.

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  1. Yay! Great week! I've been feeling under the weather too---- ugh. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. I'm feeling much better after my long weekend. :) Hopefully next week goes much smoother.

      Thanks for entering my giveaway and good luck!!

  2. I'd have to say my highlight was all the sunshine! I'm hoping it continues.

  3. My highlight? Hand-down, getting outside for all of my runs ;-)

  4. I forgot all about devious maids show! I need to check out the new season while I am bored on my elliptical. Hope you have a great week take care of your knees

    1. Thanks, Deborah! Glad I'm not the only one who likes Devious Maids. lol.

  5. Those cookies look good. I ended up thawing out a box of thin mints this weekend. I still have an opened box of peanut butter sandwich cookies, but I wanted thin mints.

    1. Thin Mints are hands down my favorite Girl Scout cookie. Yum!!

  6. The Saturday photo is gorgeous! What a beautiful place to run in! I hope resting instead of running Sunday is just what you need to keep your knee happy.

  7. I hope your knee calms down quickly. I'm very impressed with the improvement in you benchmark time. When do you do another test? It looks like you ran in a lovely place for your long run Saturday. It's so open there! Thanks for linking, Clarinda!

    1. I think my next benchmark will be on 2/27. Would be fun to see even more improvement, but I do kind think I missed something this time around. lol.

  8. Your running trails are really beautiful! It looks warm though ..what's the average temp this time of year?

    Those cookies look delicious ..then again they are chocolate, right?!? :)

    Good luck with that Ultra training!

    1. It's been in the low 50s at the start of my runs the past couple weeks. Pretty perfect running weather.

  9. I have just bookmarked that core yoga routine with Adriene looks like a good one.Thanks for sharing.

  10. Kayaking for the first time in months, was most definitely my highlight of last week!
    Thanks for the box giveaway! I think I tried this subscription a couple years ago I remember they had some pretty neat things in there.

    1. Kayaking is fun, and a hard workout, for sure! I kinda wish I could do it more often to get better at it.

  11. I'm going to try out the core yoga routine! Thanks so much for inking up at Sunday Fitness & Food :-)