Happy Sunday! This weekend has been pretty low-key, but still fun: dinner get-together at a friend’s apartment, long run, homework, laundry, coffee shops, lunch with my roommate’s family, business school application…I could discuss the recent
bullshit developments in American foreign policy, but as this is a running blog, I will spare you most of my opinions. I just have to say that no human being should be considered illegal.
Anyway- back to the running! Or cross training, or what have you. My coach apparently decided that this week would be the “week of all the volume”, and I am definitely feeling the effects. In a good way, for now 😉
Week of 1/23-1/29:
Monday: AM: 60 min pool (40 aqua jog, 20 swim), trainer for stim/ice. PM: 4.5 mile run on turf, track, and roads + 15 min stationary bike + 10 min core.
Tuesday: AM: 6 mile run + lower body lift + heat/stim at trainer. Later AM: 40 min aqua jog
Wednesday: 70 minute pool workout, heat/stim at the trainer.
Thursday: AM: 2 lap w/u, form drills, hurdle drills, speed ladder, 7 mile run, upper body lift. Heat/stim at trainer. PM: 30 min stationary bike.
Friday: AM: 60 min pool workout, heat/stim at trainer. PM: 5 mile run.
Saturday: 10 mile run on trails and roads (7:15ish pace, I think) + 20 min stationary bike. Used NormaTec boots afterwards.
Sunday: 3 miles, very tired.
Total: 35.5 miles + 295 minutes of cross training
Um wow! Highest volume week ever. If 10 minute XT counts as the equivalent of one mile of running, then this week was the equivalent of 65 miles!! My feet and toes felt pretty good overall, except for some pain and soreness in the toes and bunions at the end of the longer runs from the prolonged impact.
Since the pool hours are a bit weird, I ended up getting up very early every day this week. This necessitated lots of overnight oats for breakfast and goggle marks look in class 😉 I shall share my favorite overnight oats recipe in another post!
My teammate and I were lucky enough to be able to try out the NormaTec boots for the first time after yesterday’s long run, and they were so cool! They provide gradual, increasingly intense compression up and down your legs, like an undulating massage. Great for recovery, especially when your long run volume isn’t quite where it usually is and you have to supplement with cross training afterwards!
In a meeting with my coach earlier this week, one of the things we discussed was my short-term and long-term running plans. Our program treats indoors as kind of preparation for outdoors, with the overall team focus on the outdoor conference championships. As she was telling me that she wants me to focus on building a huge base and getting the feet 100% again before worrying about racing, I asked, “Can I redshirt?”