Practically twins.

Recovery week 2 post-Monumental Marathon. Last week I was still riding a bit of an emotional high from the race, but it faded this week and I probably got the rest I actually needed. Coach’s instructions were 3-4 runs of 3-6 miles for 10-18 miles total. Um … I was close.


Monday: 4 miles on the treadmill, 32 minutes. Wanted to listen to a podcast which actually didn’t end up happening. Taught a Pilates demo for the gym’s “Learn to Exercise” class after. It’s a fun way to introduce people to Pilates and it’s always a challenge because we do everything either standing or seated in a chair.

Tuesday: 4 miles on trails, 37 minutes. I’ve got the Otter Creek trail “race” coming up in December (probably just running it easy with friends) and need to get my trail legs (feet/ankles) back. Did this after getting my hair cut and had my stylist braid my hair like Lauren Fleshmen in the Roka sunglasses ad.

Rowing sequence

Wednesday: 4 miles with a friend, 34 minutes. Taught Pilates after, good class that made me sore.


Thursday: No running — figured running four days in a row was not what coach meant. Thought about going to spin but it seemed to aggravate my hamstring or piriformis or something in my butt last week. Taught Pilates Strength in the evening and called it a day.

Friday: Total rest day. Had a lot going on at work including a dinner, and squeezing in a workout just seemed like too much hassle. Opted for happy hour with friends instead. That’s what recovery weeks are for, right? I turned down a number of social invites over the past few months because of training. Now I have to log friend time to carry me through the next training season!

Saturday: 4 miles, 32 minutes. Windy (22 mph gusts, 15 mph the rest of the time) and cold. Finally November weather, three weeks in.

Light up jacket!

Sunday: 7 miles, 54 minutes. Shock to the system — 28*, felt like 22. Earlier this week I ran in shorts and a tank top! I ran 5 miles then stopped at Walgreens to pick up photo cards, which were way bulkier than anticipated and made for an awkward 1200 meters home, then I ran to Panera Bread to pick up a bagel and ran home. The bagel was less awkward. My watch was under my sleeve so I checked the mile splits but that was it; it was faster than I expected and I felt way better than anticipated. Sorry, Coach! After running (and writing this post), 45 minutes of yoga thanks to the Jasyoga comprehensive hip/hamstring reset.


Totals: 23 miles running, 2.25 miles walking, 2 Pilates classes taught, 45 minutes yoga.