Weekly Total: 50 miles (mostly 50K race in hilly Vermont)
Saturday AM: 30 minutes swimming. Busy day ahead, with a noontime birthday party and then driving to Vermont for the Twin State 50. In the morning I went to the gym just for the hot tub, really, but didn’t want to be one of those people who went to the gym just for the hot tub, so I swam a bit, keeping the level of exertion sane yet satisfying.
Sunday AM: 31+ miles, roughly 5500 feet elevation gain – the Twin State 50.
Monday AM: 60 minutes swimming. Suffice to say I was sore the morning after the race. My quads were trashed, particularly my right one. Going down stairs was painful. Yet I felt pretty good otherwise — still riding the ultra high — and I was pretty productive in the pool.
Tuesday AM: 60 minutes swimming. Right quad still sore, but everything else is eerily intact.
Wednesday AM: 5 miles easy jog. Easy. Real easy, like 11 minute mile pace. Testing everything out.
Thursday AM: 6 miles run. Not fast, but faster than yesterday, with some hills. It was a truly gorgeous day and I stopped by the Battle Road trail in Concord in the afternoon for a 2-mile power walk.
I saw some lovely things on the ground:
I took the half-mile loop trail to the vernal ponds. How lovely to meander on a snow-free trail! Then, suddenly… snakes. I saw five of these suckers, basking in the sunshine on the trail. These things freak me out.
Friday AM: 8 miles Bread and Butter Loop. As I drifted off to sleep the previous night, I suddenly got the Mother of all Charley Horses in my right calf. I seem to be prone to these while sleeping — it’s about a once a month curse — but this one was strange because I was awake and it hurt so intensely that I grabbed Mr. P and whimpered pitifully. My calf was still sore then next morning, but strangely running didn’t seem to bother it all. Walking was more difficult than running.
Saturday: Rest. Mr. P was in Detroit to run his Boston-qualifying marathon with a time of 3 hours 11 minutes. At home, the warm sun shined wonderfully. I didn’t train per se, but we were pretty active. We had a playground playdate in the morning, then after lunch walked about two miles, stopping at two different playgrounds. To my surprise, Little Boy could easily make his way across a set of monkey bars! I can’t do that. His little arms are getting long and strong.