After having a not-so-great race on Saturday, I expected myself to fall deeper into the running rut I’ve been having lately. But the weird thing is that I think it helped me snap out of it.
On Sunday I ran an easy recovery run in the park and loved every second of it – it was early, quiet and each footfall on the bridle path was calming and almost meditative. Even though a successful race or tempo run leaves me feeling great for days, I love runs like this one too. It kind of brought me back to the basics of running – one foot in front of the other, and breathe. It was exactly what I needed.
Here’s how the week netted out.
- Monday: 90 minutes Bikram yoga
- Tuesday: 8 miles steady state
- Wednesday: 7 miles easy
- Thursday: 7 miles easy
- Friday: XT: 40 minutes spin bike, 25 minutes elliptical, lifting and core work
- Saturday: NYRR Mini 10K race (48:59); warm-up/cool-down, total 12 miles
- Sunday: 6 miles easy
Total: 40 miles. I feel like I’m right where I need to be as far as NYC Marathon training goes, which I’ll start in early July. My goal was to go in with a good base of solid 40+ mile weeks and to remain healthy and uninjured (so far, so good!).
Another goal I have is to start taking more regular rest days. I enjoy cross training, love that it works different muscle groups and mixes up my workouts, but think my body need total rest more often than I give it. So Monday I embraced rest and just did some easy yoga and stretching.
And for once had a leisurely breakfast – Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast with natural crunchy peanut butter and banana
Even though I’m done with classes until the fall, work has been super busy and I’ve been traveling a bit, so I haven’t had as much extra time as I’d like. I’m also lacking in kitchen motivation, so I haven’t really cooked or baked anything too exciting lately.
Dinners this week will consist of roasted beets, spinach, arugula, goat cheese, broccoli, cucumber and salmon cakes
A little bit of a weird combo, but it works.
I kind of miss my kitchen time, but lately it’s just been easier to throw a bunch of raw vegetables together and call it a day. And then visit 16 Handles, which is too conveniently located near my apartment for my own good.
Question: Do you ever lack motivation in the kitchen? Favorite website for new recipes? Aaaand, how often do you take rest days?