To Celebrate, or to Run...

Happy 4th of July! We know the holidays can be a difficult time to fit a run in. Did you do better than your #TrainingTuesday runners?

What were your goals for the weekend?

Amy: I tried to be realistic when setting my weekend running goals. I knew it was a holiday weekend and I’d want to relax. I planned my week out in advance so I would only have to run once. It seemed manageable at the time…

Kate: My plan was to stay on track by squeezing in some healthy veggies and trying to stay active. I knew I wasn’t going to have the time (or motivation) for full running workouts, so I tried to plan accordingly.

Did you manage to stick to your plan over the weekend?

A: Not exactly… Luckily I have the ability to squeeze in an extra day of running this week so I don’t fall behind my training plan.

K: I did, but only because my plan accounted for skipping runs. We went hiking instead of running, which to be honest was much harder! I also cooked up a ton of zucchini on Saturday to make sure I would have something to eat besides hot dogs and beer.

What motivated/prevented you?

A: Between a trip to Block Island and winning free Red Sox tickets, the weekend was busier than I expected. Even though I tried to plan ahead, things still came up and prevented me from running.

K: Unlike Amy, I did not have a full schedule of activities. Instead, I took advantage of an extra day to rest, recharge, and get some chores done. While I feel a little guilty that I’m behind on my training, I was able to catch up on things that won’t be hanging over my head this week.

Did the holiday change your workout schedule?

A: Yes, absolutely! Looking back on the weekend, I could have fit in that one run, if I woke up earlier one day, or left the beach sooner. I guess my plans didn’t prevent me from running, I prevented me from running. Fortunately, I’m only one run behind and I’m now motivated to put in the extra work this week. But come on, I can’t be the only one who passed up a run for a hot dog and an extra hour at the beach, right?

K: Yes and no. I didn’t go for my usual Sunday run, but I went hiking on the holiday instead of lazing in the pool or on the couch. It wasn’t so much the holiday weekend as it was hitting a bit of a slump.

Training Update

A: I’ve been adding a lot more walks into my daily routine and I can definitely feel a difference in my calves on days I stretch vs. days I don’t stretch. So far I’m happy with my progress and it motivates me to run a little harder and incorporate more cross training and strength training. I’m actually getting excited to run the 10K! It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to run this distance, so I’m looking forward to progressing in my training.

K: As I mentioned last week, I’ve been recovering from some unrelated injuries. It’s hard not to feel like I’m just copping out and falling back into my old habit of giving up. I have to remind myself that I’m being smart by not pushing myself to do full running workouts before I’m ready. Yesterday was my first time going all out and doing something strenuous, and I feel really good about where I am. Instead of dwelling on the past few weeks, I’m ready to get back out there at full speed!

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