The week was the first full week of the challengeville challenge that I’m doing this month. Not gonna lie, it’s been really rough. Between the increase in mileage and the rising temps and crazy humidity, I’ve had my ass handed to me many different times this week. At this point I’m just barely hanging in there, and I’ve fallen a little bit behind on my challenge.
So this is what the daily run guide looks like for this particular challenge;
I started out following this guide perfectly, but by Friday all of my momentum from earlier in the week came crashing down around me and I really really started to struggle and ended up finishing this week on a really weak note. Oh well, there’s always next week I suppose.
But anyway, here’s what this weeks workouts looked like;
- 20 minutes of yoga
- about 10 minutes of working in the garden (watering plants, pulling weeds, and a little bit of hoeing. It totally counts as a strength workout. 😉 ).
- 10 minutes of foam rolling/stretching
Accidentally slept through my alarm on Monday. Oops. That ended up making this run a little more difficult, as it was really starting to warm up, the sun was out and the pavement was reflecting that heat right back at me, and the humidity was at 99%. Fun times…I had to keep reminding myself that summer miles bring fall smiles, and all this hard, grinding work that I’m putting in now is going to hardcore pay off once the cooler months roll around.
- 4.5 miles
- 40 minutes working in the garden
Got up with my alarm this morning, got out on the road just as the sun was coming up, and the humidity was only at 75% during my run on Tuesday. Yeah, this run was definitely better than Monday’s. 🙂
- Rest Day
- 25 minutes of yoga
I was feeling absolutely beat on Wednesday, so I decided to switch things around a little bit and take a rest day. I think that was a very good decision. I was just crazy tired all day, so rest day was probably necessary.
- 5 Miles
- 10 mintues of stretching/foam rolling
I’m really glad I ended up taking a rest day on Wednesday! Thursday’s run ended up being a lot of fun because of that, I think! Plus Revolution Radio makes every run better. 😉
- 1 hour working in the garden
So this is when things started getting away from me a little bit…I was super tired Thursday night, so I ended up sleeping in until 7 on Friday, and by then it was super hot and sunny and I definitely did not want to run in that. So I thought maybe I’d try to get in a few miles in the evening.
That didn’t end up happening though. Luke and I spent most of Friday running around getting errands done, shopping, and working in the yard/garden. So by the time 7-8 pm rolled around I was too tired to even think about running. Even though I probably should have…oh well.
On Saturday my right shin, which is the shin that sometimes gives me trouble, was feeling sore and achy. Well that was no good. I didn’t want to risk running on it because there was once a time when I tried that and then ended up having to take a whole month off from running. So I spent my Saturday resting and icing my shin.
- 1 mile
- 40 minutes of yoga
My shin was feeling much better when I woke up this morning, so I decided to try out a short easy run. It felt great, but the rest of me well, not so much…I haven’t been sleeping very well lately but I’ve still been trying to wake up early, so I’m just tired. Despite all of my yoga, foam rolling, and compression sock wearing, my legs are still crazy sore and very heavy. I think they’re having some issues recovering since I’m not sleeping well. And don’t even get me started on the heat. The summer just isn’t a good time for me.
Anyway, since I am feeling tired and wore down in general, I only did an easy mile today and then followed that up with 40 minutes of deep yoga stretches. Hopefully that will help my legs feel a little better.
So since I’ve embarked on this challenge, I’ve really been trying to focusing on recovery and I guess I’m not doing enough because my legs are still crazy tired. I’ve been making sure I’m drinking enough water, replacing electrolytes (I sweat super salty), trying to eat a little bit better and at the correct times, napping when I can, doing lots of yoga, stretching, and foam rolling, and wearing my compression socks religiously.
But I guess all of that isn’t going to actually make much of a difference if I’m not sleeping well. I’m totally convinced that is my biggest issue right now. Unfortunately it’s really hard for me to get a really restful night of sleep when I’m hot, and my bedroom gets pretty darn hot in the summer. Haha the summer months just never go well for me it seems.
Total Weekly Mileage: 13.62
Total Monthly Mileage: 24.62
So I guess that puts me about 10 miles behind for the Tinman challenge. All things considered I guess that’s not too bad. I’m thinking next week I’m just going to focus on sticking to the daily running plan and then worry about making up those 10 miles later (and I may never even get to that point, but I’m ok with that).
I hope your training has gone well this week!