Weeks til marathon: 21
Nice, easy week, this week. Only 11.5 miles plus two bike rides. I'm glad I have the plan to tell me that's not only sufficient, but what I'm supposed to do, else I would be second guessing having an 11.5-mile week.
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 3.16 miles
Friday: Bike - 30 minutes
Saturday: 5.74 miles (+ 2.5-mile hike)
Sunday: Bike - 58.5 minutes
In true I'm-motivated-because-I-just-started fashion, my week-day workouts were all accomplished before 8am. They were short this week, so it didn't take getting up all that early, but it's a good start. I have to stick with early workouts three days per week until Daylight Savings starts because the park where I run is shady after dark and I'd prefer to not get raped. I have progressively longer weekday morning runs (which currently are scheduled for Mondays- we'll see how long that lasts). The longest one before March 13 (calendar that now) is 10 miles. That's about two hours if I'm taking it slow - meaning out the door by 5:45 AM. If I can progressively get up earlier and earlier, in 7ish weeks it shouldn't be so bad, right? I'm hopeful.
I do love getting in workouts before work, but the downside is... winter. And I'm not being too much of a wuss... it was 42 degrees Friday morning for my bike ride. I wore tall socks and shorts over my pants because thermal anything seems extreme. I also wore a scarf, and running gloves. Expert tip: running gloves aren't for cycling. My hands were numb after 2.5 minutes. Also, ears. Riding a bike in the cold is like being in the cold and additionally having a really cold wind blowing on you consistently and relentlessly for your entire workout. Note to self: wear something... anything... over your ears.
The advice (which is debatable and could be entirely wrong altogether) is that 180 steps per minute means less time in the air, leading to less impact when you hit the ground. I wanted to give it a try because it seemed like something that could apply to me. Other running form advice is to cycle your legs, with which a quicker cadence goes well. I think I ran a bit more efficiently, but I'm still getting the hang of it. I'm not dead-set on learning to run this way. I want to try it out and see if it helps with soreness in my ankle, and if it doesn't then I'll happily abandon it.
Saturday afternoon I went for a hike because it was nice out.
Sunday night I foam-rolled for the first time in a while for more than 15 seconds. It hurt. A lot. At least that means it's working.
Other new things I tried in week 3:
Calf compression sleeve thingies. I've been sore a lot getting back into this and these feel sooo amazing to just wear around after a run.
More plants. Each week I'm trying to consume less and less animal products in favor of plants. I doubt I would/could go 100%, 100% of the time, but I am interested to see if eating more plant foods (nutrient-dense foods) can help me recover more quickly after workouts and gain less (or preferably no) weight through May 1.
Audiobooks. Not my first run with audiobooks (accidental pun I noticed while editing the post), but I've been off it for a while until I got a $.99/month for three months email deal from Audible aka Amazon. I'm listening to The Martian (I've seen the film) and it's actually really good. The story is told better than the movie tells it - but having seen the movie makes it a LOT easier to follow the audiobook. Think: can't reread easily. But Matt Damon was super in the movie and portrays the intended character incredibly well.
Other things I'm doing...
A review of The Help from halfway through:
I'm about halfway through The Help. I was thinking I was loving it <SPOILERS> until they go to write the interviews into a book. I just can't see where the motivation on the help's side would come from to do this, it seems far-fetched. I was liking where the book was going just fine without this plot. In fact, I wouldn't have seen anything wrong with just telling some of the maids' stories in the book itself. You have Aibleen, Minny, Pascagoula, whoever else. You already have all these characters, and you're already writing from different perspectives throughout the novel, so why not just tell those stories as they are? I think the book is trying to be integrative (is that a word?) having the white gal and the black help "work together" but honestly I think that's cheesy and historically irrelevant. The idea of this "book" they are writing is to stir things up and "make people think" - so it MUST be heavy material to them, but the way it's written (to me at least) doesn't make it sound heavy at all. It makes it sound like something this white girl wants and is trying to get and I have not been convinced she cares anything about the way the help is treated or the civil rights movement. We will see where it goes, but a collection of shorter stories broken into chapters and then mixed up (still chronologically) where they become increasingly intertwined would have been a home run. Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised as I keep reading.
Working. Work is extremely busy. I don't plan on making another post this week, hence it's length. Will have to report back on Sunday.