25k Training Recap: Week 10

25k Training, Week 10: Recovering after illness, yoga, interval runs, strength workouts, cross training bodyweight workouts, long run on the treadmill

Happy Marathon Monday! Anyone else planning to watch the Boston Marathon today?! One of my friends is running this morning and she is crazy fast (she is starting with the elites!). I am excited to cheer on all those awesome runners!

Today brings to a close week 10 of 25k training. I can’t believe 10 weeks have gone by already! I think the fact that winter has been hanging around much later than usual is making me feel like it’s still much earlier in the year. We did have some really awesome weather this week, and I am certainly hoping it sticks around! The temperatures were in the high 60s by the end of the week and it felt wonderful.

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Week 9 of training was pretty much nonexistent after coming down with a 101 degree fever and then battling the flu for a week. I was really nervous about how it would feel to jump back into training this week after missing almost 9 days, but was so happy with the ease I felt on my first few runs. It’s a little discouraging to see some of the progress I’d made with speed work disappear, but I know I’ll be able to get that back. At least running still felt easy and normal even after missing a week!

With all that being said, here is how week 10 of 25k training played out.

25k Training Recap: Week 10

Monday, 4/9: Recovery Yoga Routine from Runner’s World + 15 Minute Abs Workout. I was so happy to be back to my usual routine this week! I was surprised that yoga felt pretty easy and my body wasn’t tight after sitting around for a week, but I think this is probably due to the 2 hour aerial yoga class I went to on Saturday. After missing 9 full days of training I was eager to challenge myself again, so I added a 15 minute core workout after yoga. This is a workout that really leaves my abs burning in a short amount of time, and it felt great to get back at it!

25k Training, Week 10: Recovering after illness, yoga, interval runs, strength workouts, cross training bodyweight workouts, long run on the treadmill

Tuesday, 4/10: 4.25 miles with 8 x 400s. I was anxious heading in to this run after missing all of my runs last week, but was pleasantly surprised by how I felt. Running still felt easy and I didn’t feel like I needed to take any breaks during this run. I purposefully took the intervals much slower than usual because I didn’t want to do too much too soon. It is a little discouraging to see the slower paces, but I know I’ll be able to get back to where I was quickly. This week is all about recovery!

25k Training, Week 10: Recovering after illness, yoga, interval runs, strength workouts, cross training bodyweight workouts, long run on the treadmill

Wednesday, 4/11: Strength Workout + 8 Minute Abs. Oh I was so happy to get back to a strength workout! I think my strength is the first thing to go when I miss workouts. Running was easy to jump back into, but I could definitely tell a difference in my strength. The moves that are usually a little challenging felt extra difficult today, and moves that are usually a breeze left me a little more winded than usual.

25k Training, Week 10: Recovering after illness, yoga, interval runs, strength workouts, cross training bodyweight workouts, long run on the treadmill

Thursday, 4/12: 4 miles. The sluggishness of missing a week of workouts finally caught up to me with this run! My neck was swollen on the left side making my throat feel really sore, and I think my body was still fighting some residue from the flu last week because I felt more tired during the day than ever before. Every time I took a step during this run it would hurt my neck, and I knew once I got going that I probably should just cut it short. However, I was determined to get back to training and cross this run off (probably not the smartest idea) and it was in the 60s outside which felt so warm compared to the “spring” weather we’ve been having!

25k Training, Week 10: Recovering after illness, yoga, interval runs, strength workouts, cross training bodyweight workouts, long run on the treadmill

Friday, 4/13: Cross Training – 15 Minute Bodyweight Workout. I felt a little better this morning so I decided to complete the 15 minute bodyweight workout. I was so excited to do this workout in my living room and happy that it made me sweat and really got my heart rate up there in such a short amount of time! The skaters at the end were surprisingly the most difficult part for me, and I could definitely feel it in my glutes the next day. I normally would have tried to complete this workout twice through, but I think 15 minutes was just what my body needed.

25k Training, Week 10: Recovering after illness, yoga, interval runs, strength workouts, cross training bodyweight workouts, long run on the treadmill

Saturday, 4/14: Rest. I ended up needing to switch my long run days around this weekend so today was a rest day. I actually think this ended up helping my body heal by adding in another day between runs!

Sunday, 4/15: 8 miles. This was a cut back week in the training plan and I debated adding a few miles to the distance to try and make up for the lost week of training last week, but decided that there are still two more long runs before taper begins and think that will be just fine. The weather outside was horrible so I ended up having to do my long run on the treadmill! We had a huge ice storm all weekend and while I’m a huge believer in running through most types of weather, slipping and sliding on the roads did not sound fun to me. I am NOT a fan of the treadmill, so heading out to run 8 miles meant that I’d need to break through a huge mental barrier. I’d never run more than 6 miles on the treadmill so I was skeptical how it would go, but was so pleased with the results! My body felt much better for this run and the miles went by surprisingly easily. It didn’t even go by too slowly! I am very happy with this run.

Overall, I am so happy with how this week went and am thankful that my body was able to get back to training without needing to adjust any more workouts. Dealing with unexpected illness can be really challenging during training. Sometimes it’s hard to find the difference between the times when your body needs rest to heal, and when your body needs to sweat it out.

Taking time off is never easy, but it’s always worth it once you start to feel better. I am grateful to be feeling healthy again! Here’s to a new week, and happy Marathon Monday!


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