Rainy Recovery (11/12/17 to 11/18/17 Training Log)

The slow progression towards winter continued this week, with yet more bouts of rain and sub-freezing wind chills. Although exercising in such weather often takes herculean motivation, I take heart when I’m running against strong gusts of wind or soaked to the bone from torrential rainfall, knowing few conditions are more helpful in building the mental fortitude necessary to compete in marathons.

Despite my best efforts to spend more time stretching this week, the soreness in my right adductor continued to worsen over the last few days. I’m used to running past the pain when a small injury presents, expecting my body will adapt and gradually heal itself. To my credit, it always has.

I’ll be 23 years old in just over two weeks, however, and the steady march of senescence will only accelerate from hereon. With my pre-frontal cortex at last nearing the end of maturation [1], I’ve instead opted to abstain from running for the next two weeks and spend at least 30 minutes daily stretching my lower body, core muscles, and stabilizer muscles. In due time, I’ll return to the roads in top form.

Sunday | November 12th 

10 Minute Core Workout, Aztec Athletics
Deep Stretch Yoga, Millionaire Hoy

Monday November 13th 

3 miles, average pace: 8:20 (8:08, 8:24, 8:28)

Tuesday | November 14th

45 minutes on elliptical
15 minutes foam-rolling and stretching

Wednesday | November 15th | Ann Arbor, MI

2 miles, average pace: 8:15 (8:12, 8:16)

Abs/Core Workout, Self.com

Thursday | November 16th

Deep Stretch Yoga, Millionaire Hoy

Friday | November 17th 

4 miles, average pace: 8:18 (8:19, 8:12, 8:16, 8:25)

Tabatas:

Standing military press, 3×6 @ 80 lbs

Side lateral raise, 3×6 @ 20 lbs

Saturday | November 18th | Ann Arbor, MI

4 miles, 8:25 average pace (8:15, 8:27, 8:30, 8:25)

Total mileage: 13 miles

1 Comment

  1. Abstention is usually the smartest way to go, especially when there is any doubt as to best course. Pain is a good indicator of needed & necessary remedy and not taking ‘pain relievers’, which serve to mask/ease reality. Once again, most wise.

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