So much for posting this stinker on…uhhh…Sunday? Ah, well, there was too much 50King to discuss this week to be overly concerned about Workout Round-Ups. Most of you know what a taper looks like, anyway. But I’m a sucker for completeness, so here’s a quick rundown of my workout week leading up to the North Face 50K. Mostly, it’s a super-taper (aka, more taper than I usually do), with a lot of yoga. My hip was feeling extra tight the week before the race, so I wanted to do whatever I could to stretch that out before race day.
Monday: Run (4 mi) & Yin Yoga
KMN worked a last-minute deal from Saturday through Tuesday, so he spent maaaaaaaany hours at the office early in the week. “Maaaaaaaaany hours” as in, “It’s a good thing he has a toothbrush and changes of clothes there”. So I worked, cooked (although failed to take many photos), ran/yoga-ed, and hung out with the Stuffed Menagerie.
Tuesday: Run (4.7 mi)
I took my trail shoes out for a little pre-race tooling around at McRitchie. Nothing too intense, just a short jaunt on some of the trails we’d be covering before dawn on race morning. Besides a little hip tightness, things felt pretty good. I foam roller-ed afterward like it was my JOB.Wednesday: Rest
KMN and I planned to meet for RPM spin class, but we were both running late. Ultimately, he could have sneaked into class, but I was about 5 minutes too late. He was a gentleman (or was looking to avoid his workout!), and skipped class too. Instead, we went out for chicken rice dinner, and came home to do work.
Oh, I did sneak in a sprint around the apartment in the morning, slamming windows shut, when I glanced out the back and realized that this was happening:
Since my return from Perth, I’d been skipping many of my “usual” classes at the gym, sneaking in spin when I could, and grabbing whatever yoga classes were convenient. Thankfully, on Thursday, I got myself over to the gym for one of my favorite yoga classes for the first time in many weeks: Sherlin’s Thursday night yoga. It didn’t disappoint, my hip flexors were leeeeeeeeeeeengthened, and some very good business connections coincidentally came out of the evening.
Friday: Run (3.6 mi) & Yin Yoga
An early morning shake-out run, then some final tune-up stretching with Joyce before race day! I also did lots of extra stretching on my own, throughout the afternoon and evening. The extra hours of desk-sitting brought on by taper were productive – but probably contributed to the tightness in my legs. Thankfully, some extra stretching helped work the kinks out.
I also treated myself to this:Saturday: TNF 50K!!!! [Race Report Part 1 and Race Report Part 2]
Sunday: Walking & (very gentle) Stretching
Yes, walking was a workout. And stretching sore, achy muscles took a lot of mental fortitude – but I felt better and better each time I did it.
Total Workout Time for the week: 13 hours exactly – although more than 5 of those came from the 50K. Now, looking forward to a week of rest, recovery, and “doing whatever I feel like doing” workouts!
“Toasted, buttered roll”: New Jersey thing, or not?
And since we’re well beyond last week already, how about you tell me the most FUN workout you’ve done so far this week?