Finished up last week with 63 miles in 6 days (63.6 – complete coincidence on the numbers)! I don’t think I’ve strung together four SOLID weeks of training in over two years – probably longer – I should go back and look. To say I’m happy is an understatement. 2019 was REALLY great for a number of reasons, but it also had many lower than low points. So even though I entered in to 2020 wanting this to be my year, I was half expecting my running to blow up immediately because that’s just been my luck lately. And yeah maybe that’s cryptic – I don’t mean it to be – I just don’t feel like going in to it all right now. I am however realizing that I can channel pain, grief, frustration, whatever – in a positive way vs allowing it to suck me down. I don’t have to let “life” ruin my running.
These four weeks last year in the lead up to WMM Tokyo Marathon were 55, 55, 42, 44 and the corresponding “long runs” were 20, 10, 10, 17. So not only am I stronger mileage wise, I’m also actually running long. I truly have no idea why I skipped long long runs those two weeks last year – I’m sure I was going through something or something happened and I just can’t remember – which is probably a good thing! I don’t usually skip long runs for no reason or if I do, it’s one and then I get right back on track – I don’t usually skip two in a row.
This week I also ran the most elevation gain I’ve run so far this year – 3,635 feet. Elevation gain might not matter to some people, but hills have always been something that make me feel strong, so I like seeing how much I climb in a week. I also realize that it’s all relative – that may seem like nothing to you or it may be a lot – either way – to me it says “Dorothy you aren’t shying away from hard stuff” – because it would be easier to drive somewhere flat vs running uphill for the first 3 miles of every run, but I don’t drive somewhere, I run up the hill.
Some of what I’m doing to help stay injury free and feeling good:
I’m taken a break from drinking. I like taking breaks every now and then anyways as a reset, this time I’m doing it because I don’t want to waste any days being hung over. And yeah I guess I could have a drink every now and then but I’m not a one drink type of woman ha. I’ve only drank once since Christmas (two drinks). When I take breaks from drinking I find that I truly have so much more energy, which is great for running all the miles 😉
I’m using my YogaToes weekly. When I first started using these I thought they would be a gimmick, they aren’t. I started with 10 minutes and worked my way up to an hour. I wear them when I’m lying in bed watching tv. There are a couple of different types and different brands that make them. These ones from amazon are the ones that I bought and like.
I’m drinking more water. I feel terrible on runs when I’m dehydrated. I’m not one of those lucky people who don’t sweat in the winter, I sweat just as much in the winter as I do in the summer. I have a Nalgene water bottle and I try to drink at a minimum two of them (64 ounces). On a good day I’ll drink 100 ounces of water!
I’ve been consistently using my Theragun! I’ll write more about this in a separate post but basically I went from thinking it wasn’t all that much different from foam rolling for soreness to thinking that it’s a completely different tool. I often find myself grabbing the Theragun and using it before a run, which isn’t really something I do with a foam roller. This morning I planned to run 6 relaxed miles, but was actually worried that my legs might call it a day at 4. Used the Theragun before I went and dare I say that 6 felt “easy.” Easy as in, I could have ran more than 6. I didn’t push the pace and stuck to the distance, but the point is that I could have ran more if I wanted to. My legs felt decently good, all things considered.
I also mentioned in my last post that I rotate my running shoes. My shoe pick for today was the Hoka Bondi. I often find myself picking this shoe for recovery runs. I have the all black version and I love them. They remind me of the all black shoes Des wore during Boston 2018 (even though hers were Brooks)!