In last week's update I said assume I did my fartlek, which I did that Saturday, BUT I did not anticipate slipping on a patch of ice! My hamstring was really tight this week. It didn't really affect anything, just meant that I had to skip strides (darn :P), and be a little careful with my exercises. Luckily I had a progression run this week, so that meant I didnt have to run too fast.....if you dont call a 5:41 last mile fast haha. More about that later in the post.
I had two beautiful runs in Newport, RI along Oceanside Drive. The first day I was doing my fartlek, so did not get to enjoy it as much as I wanted to, but I still stopped to take a few snaps in my recovery jogs :P I do not usually run with a phone, but my reasoning was that I needed it in case I got lost :)
Along with chowing down on pancakes in a local diner, I made the most of the New England seafood by having Kung Pao calamari for starter, and clam chowder with clam cakes for dinner on Saturday evening at Anthony's Seafood (featured on Diners, drive ins and dives). It was all absolutely delicious!
On Tuesday I did my progression run; 17 miles of progression, followed by two miles cool down. I ran two loops around the River along Kelly Drive and MLK Drive. The first loop I stayed under control (if you call 6:30-40 per mile under control), and the second lap I picked it up a little more to average under 6:20 for the 17 miles. I felt great, and I am definitely almost back (if not already), to where I was before the marathon. Makes an april marathon seem especially tempting....but I have a gut feeling it is a bad idea, and for once in my life I am going to learn from my mistakes and listen :)
|Stretching and drinking my Body Armor after my progression run|
Overall, the week went well, and I am feeling pretty strong (especially with no shoveling this week!). I will be in Michigan till Friday, then I will fly into Boston to watch my athletes in the ECAC/IC4A Championships.
How was your week of training? Did you brave the cold this week?
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