Average Jane Runs

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St. Jude Marathon 2011 – Training Days 7-10 – Rest/Rest/3 Miles + Strength/3 Miles

08/07/11 – REST (scheduled cross-training)

I felt like I was falling apart after the previous day’s long run (6 miles) and the lack of sleep for recovery so I decided to rest instead of my prescribed cross-training. I didn’t feel too bad skipping the workout since it didn’t contain mileage and my body definitely needed it.

08/08/11 – REST

I took my scheduled rest day, too. I’m really trying to listen to my body better than I have in the past – and my body said, “Sit down, sister.”

08/09/11 – 3 Miles + Strength

Since I’d had two days off, I figured I was ready to hit the ground (or the belt, rather) running. WRONG! I’m pretty sure this was the slowest 3 miles I’ve run since coming back from pregnancy. If not, it had to be close. I didn’t quite feel awful while running, but I knew I’d made a not-so-great choice.

This thought was solidified when I attempted strength training and had to skip out on squats and lunges due to pain in my left knee and a numb right foot (I think my laces were too tight on the 6-miler, it’s fine today). I faked my way through the rest of the workout though, so all was not completely lost.


3 Miles – 43:13 (treadmill/14:24 pace)

Trainer’s Edge Integrated Strength Training – 41:00

08/10/11 – 3 Miles

We got some decent sleep last night and my body felt the reward. Since I felt better than I had in days, I knew I was getting my 3 miles in today. I decided to err on the side of caution, though, and use the elliptical instead of the treadmill.

Though my neck, shoulders, and feet thanked me for the lack of impact, my brain was cursing me the entire time. It probably wouldn’t have been as bad were our fitness center’s elliptical in better shape. Not only is it on its last leg, it’s also manual. I mistakenly assumed that since it was plugged into the wall I’d have a smooth running machine to get me through a recovery run. Silly me.

I spent the entire time awkwardly cycling my legs and clunking loudly (well, the elliptical was clunking loudly) and wishing I’d just walked on the treadmill. But being the stubborn OCD dedicated gal I am, I stuck with it for the entire 3 miles.

Never. Again.

It’s an understatement to say that I can’t wait to get back outside. There are no words to describe how I LOATHE running indoors. I’m thankful that I’m able to train inside until it’s less than Death out there – but it’s so difficult for me to enjoy. It’s incredibly mentally taxing and it’s hell on my form. I have more aches and pains resulting from machine running than I’ve ever had running outdoors.

I’m thinking there will only be a few more weeks of Summer Doom before I can get back outside. Until then I’ll be counting the days…hours…minutes…seconds…


3 Miles – 39:37 (elliptical/13:12 pace)

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