Week in Review 3.16.15 to 3.22.15

Monday: The first day of third year did not go quite as planned. Woke up with another allergic reaction and spent most of my morning waiting to get more prednisone so I could open my eyes. 6.8 miles with striders at the end.

Really face, again?

Really face, again?

Tuesday am: 5 by 300 meters hard for a total of 6.3 miles. Loving this fast stuff!

Tuesday pm: 4 miles easy with legs afterward.

3 crockpots of corned beef for St. Paddy's Day.

3 crockpots of corned beef for St. Paddy’s Day.

Wednesday: 7.5 mile run, feeling great.

Thursday: Off day, prorate 6.2 miles.

Friday: Easy 5.5 plus striders.

Saturday: 10 by 400 meters in Lane 8 of the actual track! 80, 82, 81, 81, 82, 81, 83, 81, 82, 83. Psyched to see these times early in the Spring and in the crazy Burlington wind! 8.6 miles total with legs after.

There's little I love more than March Madness sadface. Just gonna play my piccolo as my team ruins brackets...

There’s little I love more than March Madness sadface. Just gonna play my piccolo as my team ruins brackets…

Sunday: I try never to be ungrateful for a run but this one just plain sucked. 10.3 miles in 10 degree temps and negative windchill. Again.

Total Miles: 55.2

Besides a miserable long run, this week went really well. I did lots of hip flexor stretching and am feeling almost 100% on that front, my workouts were both fast and efficient and I’m starting to feel really good. I have an adaptation week coming up and am looking forward to feeling the effects of a little rest on my speed. Maybe I’m not just a marathon runner after all!

This also kicks off my last week in Burlington until May. Next weekend I’ll be shoving off for Family Medicine in Lewiston, Maine. I’m anxious about most of that experience but spent a lot of time this week planning runs and finding places for workouts. I’m also excited to be able to do my long runs on the Eastern Trail, one of the most incredible places I’ve ever run. Well worth the hour drive to Portland!

Thanks to a lot of time in orientation this week, I also read the entire internet. Twice. Three articles made it into my bookmarks to share:

Western Mass Distance Project makes a statement: I’m not crazy about USATF in general right now and I share some of WMDP’s criticisms of USATF-NE. I’m a member of Olde Bones and we are members of USATF-NE right now because we need to be able to compete in some of their races, but it will be interesting to see if there’s any response.

Blake Russell: My fricken hero. She gives me hope that just because I’m 31, my career isn’t over next year. I hope I’m flying like her at 39.

Little heartstrings read from New Bedford. I love that race and loved this story too.

4 thoughts on “Week in Review 3.16.15 to 3.22.15

  1. M @ readeatwriterun.com

    So is an adaptation week what’s also called a “cutback” week or “recovery” week? Reduce mileage/intensity to some degree to allow body to absorb training? How often do you have these weeks – and are they planned or do you just take them as you feel you need them? I used to do 3 wks “up”, 1 wk “back” (cutback) but have found as a Masters runner that a 2×1 seems to work better for my body. But I’ve not planned them as well in the last training cycle, paying for that a bit I think.

    Sorry you had another allergic reaction! Amazed you were able to go run later anyway. Hope they get fewer, farther between, and less severe.

    1. Runner Under Pressure Post author

      Yes, adaptation is the same thing as a cutback week. In my case, I’ll do 85% of my normal volume this week to allow my training to sink in. Right now, I’m on the 3 up, 1 down model (and have been for some time). This has worked well for me in the past few years but I’m interested to experiment with other combinations as I go back to a schedule with a lot less sleep. Hoping these attacks end soon too, in large part because I hate being on that much prednisone. I like my bones intact, thank you very much!

  2. foxrunsfast

    Yikes! So sorry to hear that you had an allergic reaction again! We are all suffering from allergies around here as things are starting to bloom but that’s not quite the same thing! Great week despite the allergy – sounds like good things are ahead for you. Agree that Blake Russell is awesome. Also, totally cracked up at the picture of the sad piccolo player. That’s too funny!! I’ve been enjoying watching the games, but my bracket is looking pretty pitiful at this point! 🙂

    1. Runner Under Pressure Post author

      The only thing I have going for me is that my bracket looks WAY better than Will’s. I think he only has 1 final four team left playing! Still love this time of year.


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