Well this is later than I planned on posting. Life, you guys. Last week was about as busy as it usually is but this time I got to take a day off work and head out of town for a long weekend. Running was included in the plan for that adventure, so my consistency remains solid. 

Here is how it all went down: 

Monday Scheduled: rest and 3 sets of strength
Monday Actual: easy spin to loosen up and 3 sets of strength

Tuesday Scheduled: regular warmup, EZ1 mile warmup, 6x800 w 400 recovery, EZ1 mile cooldown
Tuesday Actual: regular warmup, track workout as stated, PT appointment in the am and monthly massage in the pm
Notes: oh, the track. Despite all the anxiety I have leading up to these workouts, I still love doing them. Felt pretty strong afterwards, too. 

Wednesday Scheduled: rest, Cannonball video, 3 sets of regular strength
Wednesday Actual: easy spin to loosen up, Cannonball video, 3 sets of regular strength

Thursday Scheduled: regular warmup, EZ5 mile run
Thursday Actual: regular warmup, EZ5 mile run. 
Notes: an easy 5 miler with no pain? I'll take that any day! PHEW. 

Friday Scheduled: Core X video, 3 sets of regular strength
Friday Actual: Core X video, 3 sets of regular strength
Notes: first day of my long weekend, drove to WV to hole up in a cabin and relax. brought all the running accouterments and had a lovely little workout space in the living room area. added bonus of campfire and S'mores after...

 yeah, that's a S'more made with a peanut butter cup

yeah, that's a S'more made with a peanut butter cup

Saturday Scheduled: regular warmup, easy 3 mile run
Saturday Actual: regular warmup and questionable 3 mile run
Notes: by questionable I mean that the cabin is all by itself at the bottom of a .3 mile hill that gains at least a solid 100 ft before you get up to the main "road." Stopping at the top to suck air might have happened. On the upside, we had a very fast finish going back down to the cabin. How neither of us fell is beyond me. 

 post-run, pre-hottub 

post-run, pre-hottub 

Sunday Scheduled: easy long run, distance at my discretion. At least 8 but no more than 12. 
Sunday Actual: 12 miles. Did not feel easy. 
Notes: We'd planned to make this a trail run and found a great spot at Shenandoah River State Park. As far as the trails were concerned, it was perfect. A number of factors made the actual run a struggle: running too late in the day Saturday, not being well hydrated, having to share my fuel with someone who forgot to pack theirs. It seemed to drag on and on and I honestly didn't think I was going to complete the full 12. I turned back early but stubbornness won out and I did a few laps around the parking area to make it. 

 Just one stretch of so many different settings on this run

Just one stretch of so many different settings on this run

 Bluebell trail

Bluebell trail

I do not recommend that course of action. I had the option of up to 12 and my brain only say 12 and said sure. 10 on a flat paved path the weekend before and 12 on a not flat trail of varying surface are really different. I know that and yet my brain said it was totally doable and you love trails better anyway and what is two more miles. Jerk. I made a beeline for the river's edge when I was done and stuck my feet into the freezing water. AHHH. Then we got back in the car and drove the rest of the way home. I do not recommend that either. Oh, the soreness. 

 So cold. So worth it. 

So cold. So worth it. 

Mileage total: 22-26.5 miles (planned) 26.8 (actual) WHAT!? 

Highlight besides the mileage total? Two straight nights of S'mores and a hottub under the stars. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

I can tell you that I am only one workout into this week and am feeling a little banged up. There isn't anything aggressive on the schedule but I also haven't looked past Thursday. Heh. So, tell me. How was your week? Highlights? Learning opportunities? Also, Friday is April. When the hell did that happen!?