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Week in Review: And this is what we run the week of a 200 mile relay
This week we relay.
Here’s the story of how I landed on a Ragnar Northwest Passage (be prepared to be underwhelmed).
Monday started like any other Monday. Working hard through the morning and then my noon-time yoga with Jasyoga. Once we were done, with I might add the perfect combination of flow and restoration yoga, my friend Nina and made our way to the staff locker room.
We were on our way out and I just happened to mention that I’d tried, unsuccessfully, to get on a Ragnar relay for the weekend. Before I could even finish my lament on how it took me forever to post that I was looking for a team on the Ragnar site she informed me she was running (jealous) and that they were down a runner (hopeful) and asked if I would be interested in running (heck yeah!).
I tried to compose myself and hide my excitement and said “YESS!!!!!” (so much for hiding) but I needed to run it by the hubs (knowing full well he understands my love of a relay and would gladly encourage me to run).
A few short hours later I was in. I just can’t say no.
This really does change ones training week. Having done a few relays in my day I’ve learned to not train through one. So no hard workout for me this week (okay I confess I emailed my coach about this be he confirmed that the workout wasn’t going to add any fitness and I was running 3 races in a day) and time to switch a few things around.
Tuesday I met some peeps for an easy 5 on the water. I added a few sprint mechanics at the end and made my way to the gym, ran another mile, lifted and cooled down a mile. Day done (me sore).
I ran an easy 8 on Wednesday and an easy 4 with sprint mechanics on Thursday. 19 easy miles on the legs. If I was racing on a Sunday I’d aim for 25 but cut a few miles since racing began on Friday.
You can read the full recap here. Hello Blaine!
It rained like the end of the world for my first leg (okay little dramatic here). The second leg was in the dark and was misty. And my final leg I don’t remember. 6.8, 5.7 and 3.1 miles later (plus a little cool down 10 minutes after each leg) I was done.
We caught the ferry back and I slept like a baby Saturday night.
Enter Sunday. Oh Sunday. What to run? In my younger years when recovery seemed to magically happen over night I could get-up and run a short long run (12 miles) the next day. I’ve learned not to do that after I injured my foot attempting a long run after a 20k. Oops.
I still wanted to run. After htc I’ll run 30 minutes on the beach, but I was feeling good. Should I try more? Of course, yes. 7 miles no watch and it felt great. And I should have stopped there… but oh no. We all know I do dumb things.
So I went and lifted weights.
If I only knew then what I know now. Damage was done. I woke-up Monday morning and my quads were wrecked and I mean wrecked. We’re talking post marathon zombie walk. Ugh. And I did it to myself!
Where’s my foam roller?
You’ll have to wait for next week’s recap (the anticipation is overwhelming right?) but note to all relayers, do not do a leg weight workout the day after a 24 hour 200 mile relay… just don’t. You can spare one more day of recovery, I promise.
Have your run a relay? What’s your training week look like? My first few htcs I did intervals on Wednesday nights… geeze who am I?
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