Weekly Recap - March Week 4

After a long hiatus, I'm back to my weekly recaps to track my training more closely. If I want to get to my half marathon goal time this year, I need to think more about my training and actually follow a plan. (See post Getting Serious for more on this.) I'll now be doing these as Monday to Sunday because I want my Sunday recovery mileage included with each long run. This is mainly because, starting tomorrow, I'll be following the Hanson half marathon plan more closely and that uses recovery run mileage.

Monday, March 25
Planned: IPF group workout, easy
Completed: 3.5 miles
This was a recovery run after the previous day's half in Oakland. I did a little over a mile warm up, followed by drills with the group. Each time, we follow the warm up with drills such as grapevine, walking on heel/toe/inverted/etc, high knees, butt kicks, lunges, you get the idea. The actual workout was an easy day with cadence drills, then cool down. I'm glad this was an easy group track day after the half, and I felt great doing some recovery miles.

Tuesday, March 26
Planned: Barre class
Completed: Barre class
I went to my normal Tuesday lunchtime barre class at work, which they call GBarre because they put a G in front of everything at Google. We had a sub teacher, and her class was extra hard on the legs and glutes.

Also on Tuesday, I received my hand-crafted race bib bag from The Running Bag Lady Etsy shop. I read about the bags on Marathon Lar's blog and knew this would be a fun use for all of those bibs I had stashed in a drawer. It turned out GREAT!

Side One, with Disney Princess, Pittsburgh, SF Half, and Clarksburg 20 as highlights. 

Side 2, with Chicago Marathon, Ragnar, Chicago Half, and Nike Women's as highlights.

Wednesday, March 27
Planned: IPF Track workout
Completed: Rest
I took the day off partly because work was crazy and partly because I needed it after the half. You could say I let work be my excuse, albeit a very valid one that day.

Thursday, March 28
Planned: 4 miles
Completed: 7.4 miles over 2 runs (4 + 3.4)
Run #1: This was a terrible, absolutely terrible run. I don't know what was up with my body! Everything hurt, and things that usually bother me (calves) were that much worse. Talk about having stiff muscles. I blamed being on my feet for the crazy Wednesday work day in dress shoes, but who knows. I walked a lot, but at least the sun was shining and I enjoyed the weather.

Run #2: Why did I do this? Well, I was already going to a group run at Fleet Feet Menlo Park to give out some SF Marathon gear and discounts for their monthly pub run. I didn't know for sure if I'd be able to run while doing that, but I was and I did. Luckily the earlier run had stretched me out a little and I was able to have a great run with the group. I enjoy it because I work hard to keep up; if I don't, I might get lost so that's extra motivation.

Friday, March 29
Planned: Rest

Saturday, March 30
Planned: 10 miles
Completed: 12.5 miles trail
What an awesome trail run day! I met up with Kristen and Layla to run in Pleasanton Ridge, a beautiful park in Sunol, CA. I'm impressed with how close it was to San Jose, I had no idea. We enjoyed chatting and running, not to mention climbing up a few steep and long hills. We took some fun photos too. The weather was perfect, cool and a little foggy but not cold at all.

 Looking back down one of the hills we climbed, it looks easier from this angle...

 View from the top.

 Layla, Kristen, and me at the top.

 Running down from a viewpoint.

A pretty trail view with purple flowers.

Sunday, March 31
Planned: 4 miles
Completed: 3.35 miles
Another recovery run from Saturday's long run, felt awesome on the legs. I could get used to this I think, even though it's hard to get out the door when the legs are tired. Cut it a little short due to route miscalculation and decided it would be ok that way for today.

Total for the Week: 26.75 miles
Total for March: 104.41 miles

On to April and the Hanson half marathon plan!
  1. I think I might be buying a bib bag from her. Your's turned out AWESOME, and I have tons of bibs hanging out, most with safety pins still attached!

    1. Yes I am so happy with it! Mine all had safety pins attached too, ha. I had to sit down and take them all of when I mailed her the bibs!

  2. I always wondered why there were runs scheduled after crazy insane long runs. For recovery. Huh. I would expect them to be a wee bit hard :)

    Perhaps I should start and stick to a training plan to get a good PR for a 1/2. It'd be interesting to see how it goes between doing it on your own and sticking to a plan.

    I have never been to Pleasanton Ridge. That's just up the highway from me. The view looks amazing! Great photos.

    And if I can remember where I put some of the bibs I have saved, I'd totally get one of those bags made. Looks pretty cool. I love bags. And such a great way tp save /use the bibs.

  3. Love the bag too.

    What an amazing trail run you had on Saturday! Looks like it was gorgeous out!

  4. I'm trying to save up race bibs to make a bag like that as well! I love them! I'm a bit short right now...I'm only at 2! I don't race that much, and I've been known to throw out bibs!

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