This week was technically supposed to be week one of Rock n Roll Chicago Half Marathon training, but I’m still easing back into running after my first marathon. My IT band is making progress but is still giving me a bit of trouble so I’ve been taking it easy!
I’ve run just 18 miles in the past two weeks, mostly 3 milers. I’ve been doing a lot of the runs with my dog Skipper. My endurance has definitely taken a hit and I’m finding my heart rate is pretty high at paces that are much slower than I was running during marathon training. I know it will take a few weeks to get my fitness back, but it’s been frustrating to feel “slow” since my big goal for this training cycle is to get a lot faster. I’m trying not to get too discouraged, though.
I also am having a hard time getting motivated for running. I like the idea of it but have been talking myself into “resting” more than I probably should at this point, nearly a month after the marathon. I think this has to do with me not being able to push as hard as I’d like, so I’m taking the opposite approach. I’m hoping that this week I’ll be able to get back on track.
Last weekend, I met up on Saturday at the Chattahoochee river with a few of my Atlanta running blogger friends for an easy and lovely three mile run. Skipper joined and loved all the attention from the ladies! He did really good as did my IT band, except it started feeling a bit tight toward the end. The weather was amazing though, low 50s and sunny! All of us have raced recently and/or are rehabbing some injuries so it was great to have a low key run together and just enjoy the company and being outside.
I’ve done a few mid-week runs that have mostly been challenging, but it’s felt good to get out there and get some runs done. I’ve also been going to strength training during the week as well as swim lessons!
You can read about my first two swim lessons here. This past week, my Monday lesson got cancelled due to the pool closing early. I went Wednesday and spent a lot of the lesson kicking back and forth and focusing on my breathing. We also started using arms and I had a hard time breathing properly while stroking, I kept getting water up my nose! Despite me not feeling like I was doing well, my instructor told me otherwise. In fact, she said that she thinks I’m going to be a strong swimmer! Me, a strong swimmer! Who knew?
Friday night I had my last formal event of my MBA program. I technically graduated in December but our ceremony isn’t until May, so I still went to the event. Who doesn’t like getting dressed up and seeing classmates?
Brian and I at the Emory MBA Formal.
We had dinner at Better Half in West Midtown with two other couples.
The three of us all rented our dresses from Rent the Runway!
Formal was fun, but drinking and staying up late doesn’t make for a good run the next day! Saturday morning, Skipper and I ran the Dog Days 5k in Johns Creek (a northern suburb of Atlanta). Luckily this was more of a “fun run” for me since I was running it with Skipper. We both struggled a bit because there were a few hills and I wasn’t fueled properly. We took a few walk breaks and just enjoyed the run. The course was a little short (my garmin didn’t even get to 3 miles) but Skipper loved it so much. He grins the whole time he’s running!
Here we are crossing the finish line!
I went to yoga again today for the third week in a row. This week was a lot easier and I was able to actually focus on my breathing, too! I really enjoy the class and hope that when they open their second studio next month they’ll offer a yoga for runners class during the week, too.
I have a (big!) birthday coming up next weekend and Brian got me an early gift, the Garmin Vivofit 2. I’ve only had it a couple of days but so far love it. My favorite feature is that it notifies you when you’ve been sedentary for too long, and you have to do a certain level of activity in order to “reset” the notification. It’s a good reminder that even though I may run in the morning, I end up sitting most of the day. I’m hoping it will help me get more active during the day which will keep my legs looser.
My goal this week is to stick closer to my training plan and get the workouts in, even if they aren’t running because of my IT band. I also want to eat well this week because I’ve fallen a bit off of my healthy eating wagon. Next weekend, Brian and I are taking Skipper to Hilton Head Island, SC for my birthday weekend. I’m so looking forward to a 4 day weekend with my two favorite boys and enjoying sun, sand, and seafood. I can’t think of a better way to kick off my thirties!
I hope everyone has a great week!
Have you ever run a race with your dog?
How did you get your running mojo back after a big race?
Do you have an activity tracker? If so, which one?