This week started off as a normal week with me fitting in three 9 km runs home from work with one of the runs coming at marathon pace. I made sure to fit in a run the first three days of the week because I knew I would not be able to run from Thursday-Saturday.
The reason I was not able to run for three days this week was I had an appointment for laser eye surgery Thursday morning. It is a decision that will have benefits in terms of running, mainly no more having to put in contacts before every run or rushing home to remove dry contacts. For this week it meant a lighter load in terms of mileage than I old normally opt for.
Today I was able to get back to my usual routine. First I started off by picking up a new pair of shoes since the two pair in my current every day rotation are due to be retired soon…
Then tonight I got back to running with something new for me, a beer mile. It is something that was a bit of a running joke with the group I regularly run with for the last couple of summers. Tonight we finally got around to doing one. With a time of 14:03, including one penalty lap, I won’t be setting any records any time soon but it was an interesting way to get back to running.
How did your week go?
This week was a bit of an exception for me. Normally I will run 5-6 times a week even when I am not in a training cycle for a marathon. I tried keeping up with that over the holiday period but that was not possible this past week. For the first time in a long time I went 4 consecutive days without a run.
A combination of a planned day off on Tuesday, the dome being closed to the public on Thursday and forgetting a running jacket Friday combined to produce the 4 day layoff. Given that I am not in a training cycle right now and that I have still been keeping with some of the strength and flexibility exercises my coach assigned me during my last training cycle it is not that big of a deal overall but I was still relieved when I got out for 10 km last night to put an end to the layoff.
In addition to last night’s run I managed to fit in5 km tonight as the freezing rain was starting. I am put an end to my layoff with what will hopefully be a string of consecutive running days. That should not be too difficult since I am meeting with my coach tomorrow night for the start of my training program for the Ottawa Marathon in May.
How long was your most recent layoff from running? Do you keep up with other exercises when you are not running?