Monday: an easy 3 miles. I also added in the lunge matrix beforehand on the suggestion of my coach.
My thoughts on the lunge matrix are that I like it a lot. I do it first and then do my standard pre-run warmup of leg swings/walking lunges/high knees/butt kicks/calf stretch.
Tuesday: an easy 5 miles, strength in the evening
Thursday: yay, it's workout day! 2 mile warmup, 3 miles at pace, and one mile cool down. I set up the 3 miles as 6 x half mile and felt like I constantly had to slow down to stay on pace (yay!). Strength in the evening (P.S. my coach has my strength workouts scheduled in Final Surge).
Friday: 3 miles EZ
Saturday: 8 mile long run. A few predictable things happened:
- The one that I don't regret==>I picked a difficult route. There's a park three miles from my front door with a two mile hiking trail. The final mile of the trail and the first mile back home are very uphill, and it's very normal for me to "die" in that segment of the run.
- We had an early taste of summer with temps >60 and very sunny. Some people start their runs earlier on days like this, but I am not some people.
- I had enough foresight to put on sun screen and take a salt stick beforehand...but only took my 10 oz water bottle and forgot my cooling neck gaiter.
Anyhoo the first four miles were delightful and then the wheels very predictably came off the bus. I did quite a bit of run walk to get through the bottom half of the run. While I was there I pondered my life decisions. The one thing in my control is the water situation. I came home and plopped myself in front of the computer and finally plowed through the analysis paralysis that's stopped me from getting a hydration backpack. This is less than $100 and once I get it and have a few runs with it I'll let you know what I think. I'm also going to start taking salt sticks during long summer runs in addition to the one I take beforehand.
After two weeks of mostly easy running plus a solid strength plan, I'm feeling really good. Next week is a "wild card" week since I'm getting my 2nd "Fauci ouchie" tomorrow! The three weeks have flown by so fast. The morning of my first shot 124 million doses had been given in the U.S. and of this morning the numbers are showing 183 million.
One of the things that my coach and I talked about was whether it made sense to start working together when we did or wait until the week after my 2nd vaccine. I decided to go for it since that would give us two weeks, a potential bad week, and then full steam ahead from there. So the next week is completely up in the air...whatever happens happens.
I can't control side effects, but I am really fascinated to see if I can prevent arm soreness. My tentative plan is to do some isometric exercises during the 15 minute observation period after the shot, and then I'm going to stop by my office for about an hour during which time I'll squeeze in some wall/desk pushups. Once I'm back home I'm hoping to be able to sneak in my strength workout.