Weekly Workouts and Updates 4/18-4/25

If you can believe it, I’m coming at you with my last weekly workout recap of the month of April! This month felt like it was going by slower than the first few of the year while it was happening. Then spring finally settled in for good late enough that it feels like we’re heading straight into summer and I don’t know where the time went. Which is what I always say.

 

 

Central Park in spring

 

 

 

Monday: Rest day after the MORE Women’s Half Marathon

Tuesday: 4.5 miles

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 5.2 miles

Friday: Slow Flow yoga class

Saturday: 6.3 miles

Sunday: 7.2 miles

 

After being cranky and rungry all day last Sunday, I knew I needed to take it easy Monday. What I didn’t know was that I would have delayed onset soreness. I felt much better Monday than after the NYC Half Marathon when I pounded the pavement hard towards the end to get my PR and could barely walk down stairs. But Tuesday morning, my planned shakeout was incredibly slow because it was only then that I really started to feel it. I have no idea what my pace was, but it felt close to 11-minute miles. I wasn’t much improved on Thursday, and it was only during my Saturday run that I felt actually shaken out. Which is probably because I went to Slow Flow yoga on Friday evening after work, a rarity but a welcome respite.

 

 

 

Park Avenue tulips

 

 

 

This weekend was the first one where I was in the city by myself, with no major plans, no races to run or epic blog photography sessions to complete or dinner parties to host, for pretty much all of 2016 thus far. I had brunch with two friends I hadn’t seen since my dinner party in February, got ice cream with another, and Skyped with two who live far away. I read an actual book straight through. I watched the latest episodes of Nashville. I ran and walked and soaked up the sun. It felt good to just “be” for a couple of days. And to eat an entire frittata the size of my face at Green Kitchen.

 

 

 

Green Kitchen frittata and baby red potatoes

 

 

 

Next weekend I have a good friend’s bridal shower, then we leave for a trip to Maine the middle of the following week, and afterwards it’s only a little while until Memorial Day and the official start of summer. With lots going on, I’m happy I had time to relax and recharge. I used to worry about spending too much time alone, so I’d scramble to ensure that wouldn’t happen. Now on the occasional days when it occurs I don’t mind it so much. Maybe it’s an INFJ thing. Maybe it’s a more prosaic outlook on the ability to plan your life (or lack thereof). Whatever it is, I find myself grateful for the chance to take a beat and a breath when the opportunity presents itself. I left yoga Friday evening feeling more serene than I had all week, and I’ll try to carry that feeling with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What were you up to this weekend?

 

Do you ever feel more tired or sore multiple days after a race?

 

Favorite way to spend an afternoon by yourself?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Weekly Workouts and Updates 4/18-4/25

  1. I definitely enjoy having some quiet time to myself! Lately things have been so busy that we really appreciate the weekends without any real plans. Sometimes I do feel more sore a few days after a race. I notice that if I foam roll and move around a bit the day after the race that it’s not as bad!

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  2. Oh, I would love to have some quiet time to myself! Life has been so busy lately and I don’t see a slow-down any time soon.
    Mmh, that frittata looks delicious!
    Have a great week

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  3. I’m definitely sore a few days after a race and take a day or two completely off from running, then slowly ease back into it. Favorite way to spend an afternoon by myself would be sitting outside on the deck with a good book, soaking up the sun and relaxing with my pup!

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  4. I take usually 4-5 days off after a half and up to 14 after a marathon, because races make me sore! I always look forward to that little break during the peak weeks of training. I love those weekends where I can just “be” – and always enjoy the chance to catch up on reading!

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  5. Good for you for taking some time for yourself this weekend! It’s so amazing to recharge like that. The highlight of my weekend was grabbing brunch with a friend. Lox bagels for the win! When I have an afternoon to myself I love doing trail runs or sitting and writing at a coffee shop (aka drinking buckets of coffee because I can haha)!

    Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

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  6. That frittata… whoa! I need that in my life.

    Totally understand a need to spend a day alone. I LOVE every moment with Vegas… but when she goes away for a day or so for work it’s kind of nice to have “me” time. Don’t tell her that. 🙂

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