Well last week was a bit of a bust. It started off with two good (tough) strength training sessions (Tuesday = arms and Wednesday = legs). I’ve had back to back sessions before, but never have I ever been that sore to miss my runs through the weekend (usually my strength days are Tuesday/Thursday and I am recovered by Saturday/Sunday for my long runs). Today I am linking up with Tara at Running n’ Reading for the Weekend Update.
Monday 7/13– 2 mile walk
Tuesday 7/14 – 2 mile walk + 60 minutes personal training
Wednesday 7/15 – 2 mile walk + 25 minutes cycling + 60 minutes personal training
Thursday 7/16 – 2 mile walk
Friday 7/17 – 2 mile walk +
3 mile run
Saturday 7/18 –
10 mile run attempt #1
Sunday 7/19 –
10 mile run attempt #2
Total: 10 miles (10 walk | 0 run)
In hindsight I should have gone swimming on Sunday, it probably would have helped with the soreness. Instead I bummed around my apartment because I was bummed I did not get my long run in.
I cycled for 25 minutes on Wednesday ahead of my training session. I clipped onto a bike that was on the gym floor, which was different from the spin bikes. I couldn’t figure out how to change the resistance (set pretty high) – so I am sure that led to some of the leg burn.
The legs were not having it this weekend. They were so sore, tight, and heavy I ended up missing/shifting/skipping all my planned runs for the week. I talked to my trainer and she thinks the increased weight may have affected my recovery time. It was a drop back in mileage, only 10 miles for the long run, so I did not feel too bad about missing it. This is a new week, the legs are back to normal, and I look forward to some quality runs. I will def up my foam rolling/stretching game.
On Thursday (such a beautiful day), Cliff and I visited the Washington Monument. Did you know you could reserve tickets ahead of time vs. waiting in line the morning of? For a small processing free you can select the day/time you would like to visit (if available) and the National Park Service mails your tickets (if purchased more than 10 days before).
Outside the Washington Monument – did anyone else refer to it as the Pencil when they were younger?
Our tickets were for 7:30PM, but they let us in at 7:15PM. Security was easy and we were directed to the elevators. Neat tile floor, huh?
The elevator ride was quick and the views at the top were stunning. For those of you running the Marine Corps Marathon you can see Hains Point and the 14th Street Bridge! We spent about 15-20 minutes looking at the views/taking pictures. The elevator ride down was really neat. At certain points the elevator would slow down and we could view some of the plaques inside the Monuments (the stairway is closed to tourists).
Saturday was a busy day! I ended up double booking myself. That morning I drove 1.25 hours to meet some of my old college roommates at Philip Carter Winery in Virginia. I had no idea it was that far! One of my friends had a Groupon or LivingSocial to that particular winery so that is why we selected that location – otherwise we probably would have chosen somewhere closer in Loudoun County.
We took a tour and a tasting (baby sips for me since I had to drive). Following the tasting we were given a basket with cheese, meat, and crackers (part of the group buy deal). It was nice to catch up with everyone, but I had to duck out a little early (for good reason).
I had a 1.5 hour drive back to Rockville, Maryland to celebrate my cousin’s twins’ first birthday. The theme was Mickey and Minnie Mouse (of course I thought of my Disney running friends). The cake was really cute.
My cousin’s wife made these chalkboard signs – creative, right?
After the party I returned to DC where I watched a
few more a whole lotta episodes of GOT with Cliff.
How was your weekend?
How often do you stretch/foam roll?