Last week was a surprisingly awesome week! I could have done a little bit more in terms of my workouts though. I tried to listen to my body and mentally prepare for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. I made a huge effort to focus on stretching last week. I didn’t want my right hip to me any issues. I would have liked to get in a few more runs before the race but that just wasn’t in the cards.
Last Week’s Workouts:
- Monday, 11/4/2013 – Yoga
- Bikram Yoga Class – 90 minutes
- Tuesday, 11/5/2013 – Rest
- Wednesday, 11/6/2013 – Yoga
- Yin Yoga Class – 2 hours
- Thursday, 11/7/2013 – #WineDineHalfMeetUp Fun Run
- 1.56 miles, 21:05 minutes, 13:27 min/mile avg. pace
- Friday, 11/8/2013 – Rest
- Saturday, 11/9/2013 – Wine and Dine Half Marathon
- 13.10 miles, 3;03:27 (total time), 14:00 min/mile avg. pace
- Sunday, 11/10/2013 – Rest
After work on Monday, I headed over to Yogani (my favorite yoga studio) for my first Bikram yoga class in a very long time. My boyfriend and I had some very in depth conversations over the weekend about my current training issues. I have been struggling a lot lately and I really need to find my way again. When I first started running, I attended at least one Bikram yoga class a week. I felt confident in my body and my fitness because of my practice. A regular yoga practice is one of the biggest things missing from my current training routine. When I left the class on Monday night, I felt so much better and incredibly sweaty!
When I woke up on Tuesday morning, something was not at all right with my hip.The muscles in my right hip were so tight that I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to run my race on Saturday night. I decided that my 4 mile run would have to be skipped so I could finish the race feeling strong.
On Wednesday, my hip was still ridiculously tight so I decided that another yoga class was needed. Instead of another Bikram class, I went to a Yin Yoga workshop at Yogani with one of my favorite teachers. I left the class feeling great. In fact, my hip muscles had almost completely loosened up by the end of the class. The teacher even pointed out some seriously tight lower back muscles that I need to work on.
Thursday was the night of the Wine and Dine Half Meet Up. An east 1.5+ mile fun run around Epcot was exactly what I needed. My legs felt great and my hip didn’t give me any issues. During the event, I could really feel the excitement of the upcoming race weekend. [Check out my full recap of the event here.]
Since Thursday was such a long day for me, I didn’t do any sort of exercise on Friday. I was planning to do a short shake out run in the evening but that didn’t happen. I ended up passing out shortly after going to the expo and checking into the hotel. [I will be posting more about that later.] I spent most of Saturday trying to relax and stay off of my legs as much as possible.
When it was finally time for the race, I was so excited but also a little nervous. I was really hoping for a strong race and to finish in less than 3 hours. I did have a strong race but I didn’t meet my time goal. I had to make an emergency pit stop that ate up some of time. Despite finishing after my time goal, I still really enjoyed the race and will definitely be back next year. [Stay tuned for my race recap.]
On Sunday, my sister and I wandered around Downtown Disney before heading home. I was pretty sore but walking really helped to break up the lactic acid. One of these days I am really hoping that my legs will stop being sore the day after a half marathon. Unfortunately, that day is not today.
How did your workouts go last week? Did you run a race over the weekend?