Rest Day Reflections #5

It’s been a boring week of running, which is not a bad thing. All of my runs were solid and I got in all my planned workouts, which doesn’t always happen!

I ended the week with a steady 18-miler. After the run, I suffered through my first ever ice bath. The evidence is mixed as to whether sitting in freezing cold water actually aids recovery. However, many runners I know swear by it, so I decided to give it a shot. Getting myself to sit down in the water was the hardest part, and I stood with my feet in the tub for a good ten minutes. Finally, I called my mom and she talked me into it. After the initial shock, it really wasn’t that bad. It didn’t hurt that I was wearing a sweatshirt and drinking hot chocolate. The jury is still out on whether it made my legs feel better, but it was certainly an experience.

Week Stats:

Miles: 31
Yoga Classes: 2
Strength Training Sessions: 2
Weeks Until Marathon: 6
Sodas: 0

Things I am Grateful for This Week:

1) Jigsaw Puzzles
I always have a puzzle set out on my kitchen table and I love just being able to put a few pieces together every time I walk by.

1000 tiny pieces can be a lot for one person!

1000 tiny pieces can be a lot for one person!

2) Football Wins
Notre Dame did not lose this week, for which I am very grateful. You can never be sure with the Irish. Plus, they aired an ad featuring a professor with whom I have worked closely and respect greatly.  Much of my research focuses on the very issues discussed in this commercial.  So cool!

3) Hot Showers
It’s easy to take showers for granted. But as I sat complaining in my cold bath, I thought about how lucky I am to have the option to take daily hot showers. It can be easy to forget that the things I think are so normal are not universal.

Lastly, CONGRATULATIONS to my mom who completed her 11th half marathon yesterday. The course was really hilly (like actual hills, not Wisconsin hills) and she did an amazing job! This was her 8th state in her quest to race in all 50 states.

How was your week?