I’m coming to you live from Montreal! I am here this weekend for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal 5K and Half Marathon. I was planning on taking a nap at some point but of course now I’m completely wired and awake, lol. No better time to do my weekly training recap!
This week was another weird one. My quads were completely destroyed after Sunday’s half marathon and I was unable to run again until Wednesday! I basically had to hold on to the stair banister for dear life when going down the stairs on Monday/Tuesday. I did get a cramp in my right quad during the last mile of the race and I think it just took a few days to recover from that. I also didn’t get a chance to take my typical post-long run ice bath so I’m sure that’s why my recovery took forever. Oh well, I was still able to get in some workouts during the week.
Quads were SO sore. I just ended up doing my PT routine (15 mins) and around another 15 minutes of activity (push ups, core, etc).
Yup, still too sore to run (oh, and I now think it was just the cramp, not a pulled muscle). So I decided to do a quick 30 minute total body workout, but there was more of an emphasis on core and arms. I also did my PT routine.
4 mile run. I was finally able to run today, but I took it slow. The running fairy was good to me 🙂
I also got these awesome special edition 2017 Chicago Marathon Oofos sandals! When Oofos reached out me to ask if I would like a pair, of course I said “HELL YEAH!!”
Another 4 mile run. My plan actually said 5 miles but for some reason I thought it was 4 miles. Oh well, one mile won’t make a difference.
REST DAY! Friday was my travel day to Montreal so I just did some stretching when I got to the hotel. I made sure to stay hydrated since it was going to be a hot weekend. I also snacked on a Health Warrior Chia Bar on the plane – it’s so good!
Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal 5K. I ended up running it a little long at 3.15 miles.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal Half Marathon. I ended up running it long at 13.32 miles. This race was a complete sh*tshow due to the heat and humidity, but it was my final double digit long run of marathon training!
Total Weekly Miles – 24.47
Total Training Cycle Miles – 458.87
Grade – B
I’m not gonna lie, this week was hard. It was a little frustrating dealing with the whole sore quads situation. Oh, and did I mention that Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal CANCELLED the marathon race because of the weather? They ended up starting the half marathon and 10K an hour earlier because of the heat. Look, y’all already know I want to punch summer in the face, and then Montreal gets a “historic” heat wave the weekend I’m here for a race…ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?! Going into a race feeling deflated because of the weather is never a good thing.
So I’ve now had two crappy long runs/races in a row due to the weather. Is it upsetting? A little. Will I continue to let it get me down? Nope! I don’t run well in extreme heat and humidity – I already know this. Thankfully the weather for Chicago is looking good (fingers crossed) so I am hoping that it will be a great experience. I know that I’ve put in the work for months and I’m ready for Chicago. I’m going to spend the next 2 weeks getting mentally prepared for the race and giving my legs a little more TLC in the form of foam rolling and stretching.
How do you mentally and physically prepare yourself for race day during the taper?