When I creating my marathon running plan I did not notice that Week 1 was about 10 miles under my weekly average. Logically, this would lead one to think this week would be a breeze. Oddly, I am writing this with a bag of frozen gnocchi on my left hamstring and an ice pack on my right knee…wtf!
Overall, the week was a productive one and I even achieved a personal record during it. I’d say the two most memorable takeaways of Week 1 were:
- The return of Yoga X (P90X) into my regimen, and
- Running my first sub-20 min 5K.
I was trying to figure what would be the most productive cross-training to add to the plan. The choice was easy once I recalled the flexibility and core stability/strength that I obtained while doing twisting triangles, royal dancers and warrior poses a couple years back. I attributed a lot of this to Yoga X so why not re-introduce this…certainly can’t hurt. Plus, I look great in Lululemon yoga pants…JK!
Overall, the mileage on Friday was boring to look at (3 miles), so I decided to have a go at sub-20 for 5k. This was inspired by the realization that I did not want my first sub-20 to be during a “fast 5k” on July 3rd. I started out great and my form was superb. I finished the 5k in 19’43” and the sense of accomplishment was immense. What a great way to start the day! Yet now I’m left asking myself, “can I accomplish sub-19 during the HASLAW Manchester 5k” in 2 weeks?
This week’s teachable moment: don’t stop at the gym and do squats and RDLs half way through a run…stupid idea that leads to frozen gnocchi on your hamstrings at some point during the weekend.
How were your runs this past weekend?
Anyone else love gnocchi?