Marathon Monday: CMT Week 4.

Last week: Chicago Marathon Training Week 3.

What a week of workouts! If you gathered anything from yesterday’s post, I hope it was that I am apparently finding the many many many different ways of being active – and I’m doing them all at once. I tested out my skills on the tennis court, I got to cycle with my brother, I span, I lifted a weight or two, and of course, I ran… all in the course of a week.

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I ran a total of 21.02 miles last week! Fun fact: I went for coffee with a few friends yesterday and one of my crazy running friends ran 80 miles last week. I think that actually is more than I have run in the last three months combined. Yeah, I know, crazy. Despite the fact that his mileage total made my milage total look ridiculous, I am super happy with my week of workouts. I got in a lot of great strength sessions, I feel back to my “old” running paces more days than not, and I actually took a rest day this week.

Yesterday, after a lot of double workout days, combined with the fact that I didn’t take a full rest day last week, I decided to have a full NO activity day. I slept in, drank coffee, went to a “restorative yoga” class, didn’t shower, and ate plenty of colourful vitamins and minerals.

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{Tempeh, asiago, purple cabbage, brussel sprouts}

You read that last paragraph right. This girl, the one who cringes when someone mentions yoga, laughs at people who casually say ‘namaste,’ and who refuses to believe stretching will help her longevity, went to YOGA. I don’t think I will call it yoga because it was a “Rest & Relax” yoga class… aka. the most expensive nap I have ever had.

The class was good, the instructor was good, but I am just not a yoga girl. I’m sure the poses were great for my body but I think we only did like 3 poses in 90 minutes and two of those were basic napping positions in my books. I thought it would be good to go to an easy stretching class but a tiny bit more intensity would have been great.

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I think I should have seen the red flag when I was the youngest person in the class by at least 40 years. The instructor gave modifications for child’s pose. WTF. As we were finishing the class, the instructor told us that our last pose was a smile… and that we should bring that smile to the back of our throat… and then take that smile to our heart as we leave the room.

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Yeah.

Nevertheless, the yoga class distracted me enough and kept me occupied so I couldn’t think of other ways to sneak in a workout on my rest day. As I was sipping my coffee in the morning I thought I could maybe go for a walk and that wouldn’t really count as a workout, or maybe a swim which is literally no impact, but after reading THIS article about the different between a rest day and an active recovery day, I realized my body really needed a pure REST day.

Lesson Learned: This week I learned the difference between active recovery and rest, and I am still working on learning when my body needs some of each. A lot of the “active recovery” I try and do is more intense that it needs to be and I am really working on not feeling guilty for not exercising one day a week. 😀

Have you ever been to a “restorative” yoga class?

Can someone tell me the difference between the various types of yoga please? 🙂

How was YOUR week of training?

4 Comments

  1. I too am now training for a fall marathon. I love following other training logs so look forward to reading about your journey to Chicago. I just finished my first week of training, really just trying to get a reasonable base back after not training in June. One week down, 17 more to go. Hmmm, maybe I shouldn’t look at it that way!
    As for yoga, the only kind I have done is Yin Yoga, and I have to say I love it. It is a series of slow stretches that are held from 3 to 5 minutes so your body slowly sinks into the stretch. I find it lengthens all the muscles that feel so short when doing lots of running. As for the other types of yoga… totally a foreign language to me!

    1. Haha, me too! I just know that I feel like dying in hot yoga, but the restorative was too slow for me… I need an in-between 🙂 I can’t wait to hear about your training journey!!

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