Running & Chocolate Weekly Wrap Up

I think this is the first time that I’m actually sick of chocolate. I feel shocked that I could even say that! Way too much Easter chocolate over the last 4-5 days has me looking the other way.

In running news…I ran three times this week, even with a minor set back with my neck/back injury. I’m really excited to see what happens on the roads in Boston today! From Kathrine Switzer and the 261 Fearless crew to local Nova Scotian’s and of course the elites!

What was Planned VS What Really Happened

Monday: Rest Day | Rest Day. This is where things went down hill for me with my neck/back after feeling really good. I co-facilitated a workshop and we were on our feet for 3.5 – 4 hours. I was doing a lot of writing on flip chart paper on the wall for a good chunk of that time. Pretty much right after we finished, I started to feel nauseous and my neck hurt a lot. It was kinda horrible but I had already booked a massage appointment so I quickly went to that appointment.

The massage helped significantly but I took it easy for the rest of the day.

Tuesday: Rest | Rest 

Wednesday: Rest Day | Plank: 2:08. A last minute decision to start planking again … right before bed of course. I was hoping for 45-60 seconds but just kept going. After a bit I wanted to see how far I could go and managed 2 minutes and 8 seconds. What a rush!

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Thursday: PT and Run | PT and Run. I was introduced to “dry needling” at physio and I’m pretty sure I cried a little! It was way more painful then the cupping (stripping) I had last year on my glutes and hamstring when I swore a few times. I could only handle two needles and I was done! I think it helped but didn’t feel good in that area until Sunday morning.

As for my run, it was all about just moving and getting active. I ran after our girls went to bed. My pace is slow for me, though after months of not really running I’m not disappointed. I’m just happy to be running. I’ve managed to drop my pace from 6:26/km to 6:13/km in a few days. I even saw a 5:55/km – the last one…guess I really wanted to get home!

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Friday: Rest Day| Cycling (10k). After a full day at the Zoo, walking trails and hanging out at a playground (plus laundry, cleaning the house etc.), I was spent. Although I had planned it to be a rest day, I wanted to do a little cycling and some PT. It felt good to cycling and have tired legs with less impact than running.

Saturday: Run outside| 8k Treadmill run. This was my longest run in MONTHS and it felt great. I just wanted to run and see if I could managed 7-8k. Again, this was after a busy day with the girls: errands all morning, another playground with friends, baking for Sunday dinner, more laundry and dishes for days!

To be honest, it took everything in me to put on my running clothing after getting the girls to bed. I was relaxed and just wanted to skip my run.

For the most part it was easy and felt good. I tried to channel my inner #261fearless girl as there were a few times when I had to either get off the treadmill or just slow the pace down. However, I was also able to increase the pace during the last 2-3 km, so that was awesome.

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Sunday: Rest day | Rest Day. I took Sunday to rest. Ideally, I would have liked to get on my bike or do some yoga. We traveled to the city for a family dinner and after that BIG meal all I wanted to do was hang out and relax…so I did!

Total km this week: 13 running (10 cycling).

This week I’m hoping to go to yoga again as I found that helped my back a lot. I need to register for Johnny Miles Half. And I need to change my current half ass training plan into a better, more formal plan.

How was your week / weekend?

Anyone else training for a spring race?

Okay – who is glued to Boston on TV, online, social media etc. today?

Since it’s Monday, I’m joining the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

https://hohoruns.blogspot.ca/

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22 thoughts on “Running & Chocolate Weekly Wrap Up

  1. Glad to see you are working in lots of rest. I know that is hard for such an active woman but so necessary. Enjoy the yoga while you still have lots of time for it!

    No Easter chocolate for me this year. YAY!

  2. I have had dry needling a bunch of times and some areas are worse than others. I hope you can get back to doing some yoga and that it helps you! Nice work with the planking.

  3. I haven’t had any time to stalk Boston…I’ll have to catch the recaps in bits and pieces later. I actually have three half marathons on my calendar now…and my full in mid-June. YIKES.

  4. Kudos to you for getting those runs in after the kids go to bed! I would plop myself down on the couch with a glass of wine! and a 2 minute plank? You rock! Have a great week!

  5. OMG dry needling! I will never try it. I was “cupped” once without knowing it and I was in SEVERE pain. It was an awful, awful experience. I was really mad the chiro did it without asking me.

  6. Oh, I’ve heard dry needling can be rough! Tears are normal. I do hope it helped! Good for you for getting in that treadmill run. I’d have opted for the sofa for sure!

  7. I am so glad you are starting to get back at it and feeling a bit better. I am so glad Easter is over. We need to get that crap out of the house! I was absolutely glued to the TV today. What an exciting race!

  8. Glad that you are running again and hopefully your back feels better soon too. I’ve had dry needling done in a couple of different muscles and the pain is definitely variable – depending on the muscle and how tight everything is. Last time I swore out loud and had to have my PT take the needle out straight away. She loves it – me not so much.

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