Heading into this week, I knew marathon training would be a bit of a challenge, so I decided to cut myself by planning to skip a few runs. We headed up north this week for a ski trip at one of the best hills in Michigan! My family usually plans a ski trip between Christmas and New Years, but the holidays were so busy this year that we decided to plan it during a less busy time.
My husband has a week off for mid-winter break at his school, so we took advantage of the timing and headed up north a day early for a belated Valentine’s Day celebration together.
Knowing that we’d be so active on vacation while skiing, I was very aware that I’d end the day with significantly less energy than usual and be unable to complete most of my mid-week runs.
The timing of this week made me a little nervous, but I knew that it was still early enough in training that missing a couple runs wouldn’t matter on race day.
Here is my marathon training recap for week 5!
Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 5
Monday, 2/18 – Yoga
This yoga sequence has been a staple in my training plans for the past three marathons. Since I began including it regularly into my training, I have yet to become injured (knock on wood). It targets all of the most needed areas for runners and really helps me mentally prepare for the week ahead!
After completing another long run on Sunday, this yoga routine was especially helpful to relieve some lingering soreness and help stretch out those tight muscles. It is like magic, I swear!
Tuesday, 2/19 – Rest
I originally thought I might be able to sneak in a short run this morning before heading up north, but I quickly decided against it when the day began. Sometimes it seems that skipping a run turns out to be the better option if completing the run would only add stress and tension to the day.
After dropping off the puppy, we drove the 4 hours to a beautiful Inn in Northern Michigan!
Wednesday, 2/20 – Skiing!
After getting settled, we spent the afternoon skiing and it sure felt great to get back out there. I was surprised how tired I was by the end of even just a half day on the slopes!
Thursday, 2/21 – Skiing!
We spend a majority of the day skiing and once the wind died down things really warmed up and it was a great day.
Friday, 2/22 – Skiing!
Friday turned out to be the perfect day for skiing! The skies were blue and the air was calm. The hills were still pretty empty even for it being a Friday, and we were definitely not complaining.
Saturday, 2/23 – Rest
After an awesome few days on the slopes, I was eager to head home and see our puppy. This was our first time leaving him overnight at daycare so I was anxious to see how he would respond when we picked him up!
After dealing with a puppy with seemingly endless energy, it sure was a surprise to pick him up and have him sleep for almost the entire day. Camp must really have worn him out! I am looking forward to getting back into a walking routine with him and hopefully taking him along for some of my mid week miles very soon.
Sunday, 2/24 – 8 miles
I was certainly skeptical as to whether or not I would be up for a long-ish run after skiing all week, but felt surprisingly motivated on Sunday morning. We had some really strange weather move through during the day, so this run definitely brought its fair share of challenges.
The winds were about 25 mph when I headed out and seemed to pick up speed as time passed. Despite the winds, the first 6 or so miles really weren’t bad since it was much warmer outside. However, it started snowing hard ice balls near the end, which combined with the wind made for a painful experience. By the end I was glad to be done, but this was a surprisingly good run!
After a few weeks spend adjusting training runs and workouts, I am really looking forward to getting back in a routine this week. I’d been struggling with some low motivation this past month, but I think a few weeks of craziness really helped motivate me to get back in a routine and stay consistent with my training.
Here’s to a new, simpler week!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 4
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 3
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 2
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 1
- Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Recap
- New York City Marathon Race Recap