I totally almost titled this something to do with a Tuesday theme. But it’s Monday. Oops. Great way to start the week, no?
Which means: easy running day. Now I think I’ve mentioned this before but I don’t really ever think of Monday as a recovery day. Because Sunday is a recovery day and it seems a bit silly to have one recovery after another. So Monday is “easy”. That said, easy looks a lot like recovery. I think according to some calculators I’ve looked at my easy and recovery pace are essentially the same but recovery allows for a bit slower (ie: easy = 8:50-9:20 vs. recovery = 9:30-10:00). So really close. I guess looking at those numbers that Monday has always been recovery and Sunday tends to hover toward the easy. Interesting.
Anyway I set out for my “easy” run knowing that it would be slower because I had just put in a stellar high mileage week and still wanted to take care of my legs in some decent manner. I tend to run the same routes week after week for a given day. But since I want to cut back my miles I needed to cut some stuff out. Little did I know how hard it was going to be.
Seriously. I wasn’t planning on cutting it down that much. Maybe a mile, mile and a half or so. But it was incredibly hard to not take a side street that would give me last Monday’s mileage. Like I felt so weird not doing it and that I was a “bad” person for sticking with a slightly lower mileage for the day. Now I KNOW that I’m not and I KNOW my legs are thanking me (seriously because they were a bit tired by the end of what I actually did) so I know that I did the right thing. But in the moment I was getting worked up. I kept telling myself that “it’s only an extra mile. What’s the harm?” Well I had to counter that with “It’s an extra mile that my legs don’t need right now. Be smart”.
Clearly I ended up with the lower mileage but it still hurt. I think I’ve become really numbers obsessed (even more than normal) and I need to start getting myself back to a place where lower (and the term I do realize is relative) miles is still okay. I don’t think I’ve talked explicitly said this but I’m sure you can tell I’m a perfectionist. Anytime I hit a goal or milestone or even a distance for day, it’s not longer “acceptable” for me to do any less. It’s not just in running too, my whole life is like that. Which is fine and dandy for getting stuff done but it makes it hard to relax a bit.
And just to make it clear: right now I am totally okay with what went down. After I finished the run and got back to my room I was okay too. But it was agonizing making the choice mid-run. Like seriously agonizing. You would have thought that my life depended on it. The discomfort was worth it though (although I doubt you could have told me that then) because I made the smart choice for my body.
Speaking of my body… my hips are sooooo sore from last week. I’m really feeling them. I know a couple of you suggested hip strengthening exercises and if you could send them to me (email@example.com) I’d love you foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Currently for my legs I’m doing: lunges, calf raisers, squats and deadlifts but I don’t think any of them really target my hips. My ab and back work kind of does but it’s more tangentially than directly.
I really tried to focus on my hips when I was doing my lifting today but I couldn’t really feel them working during the lift. This tells me that I’m correct in thinking that they’re not getting stronger like the rest of my legs. So it makes sense that they’re what is being affected on my long runs and high miles: the rest of my muscles have been increasing in strength while the hips…not so much. And muscle imbalance is ever-so-much fun (Hey Arnold! anyone? hehe)
The rest of my lifting session was pretty standard. Nothing new or exciting to report other than it was wicked crowded at the gym and I always get a mile case of anxiety in crowds. It was mostly sports teams though which annoy me because they take over everything. But I was able to wrangle a bench for my arm work and a mat for my legs and ab stuff. Sometimes the challenge is simply getting the equipment!
Alright off to go do some work before Quantum class. I’m bummed because the first Mesa de Espanol is tonight and I can’t go because of the obscene amount of work I have. I’m hoping that it gets moved to Tuesdays (which are SO much less busy) and I’ll ask. Since it’s usually just me and my friend who show up (and Mondays are bad for him too) I think it’ll happen. Yay because I absolutely LOVE speaking Spanish. It challenges my brain in an exciting way. Okay, whoa that was a bit nerdy. Hahaha. Plus it’ll be the return of Hot-Spanish-TA (who is not my TA anymore so I don’t see him on any regular basis).
Oh and thanks for sharing whether or not you count warm up/downs as part of your mileage. I tend to count it in runs like a tempo (ex: X miles warm up, tempo, X miles warm down) and the Xs count but not when I’m warming up or down for lifting. Like today I did about 1.5 miles before lifting and another mile or so after but that 2.5 will not get put into the log book. I keep a separate tally though for those miles just to see how they add up but they don’t go into the weekly total.
And thanks for all the support and nice words about my milestone yesterday. It always makes me feel good to read your comments 🙂