Today I transferred my runs from my Garmin and checked out my miles since Sunday. I was surprised to see my weekly mileage total:
To many, many runners, this is not a big deal. It would not have been a big deal for me early last year, when I would go out on Saturday and do a 13-miler, then 5- or 6-mile runs the rest of the week. But being injured lowers your standards. A lot. So I was happy that my body was strong enough to allow me to achieve this milestone, modest though it may be.
The numbers don’t tell the whole story, though. A while back, I resolved to do more strength training to reduce my risk of injury. For a long time, this consisted of a once-a-week group barbell class at Lifetime. And…I really didn’t see any changes. So this past week – in addition to running 20 miles – I stepped it up on the strength front, doing a bootcamp class on Easter Sunday, yoga on Tuesday, and group barbell on Wednesday. To do all that in ADDITION to running 20 miles – well, I feel pretty good about myself right now.
I’m not going to say that I’ve seen any concrete changes from this super-active week, but I have been sleeping better (I guess I’m wearing myself out) and I do feel tighter and trimmer all over. I’ve also been half-assedly trying a clean eating challenge with my new running group, so that’s probably part of it, too.
Will I be able to do a repeat this week? We’ll see. One of the ladies in the Sunday bootcamp class told me the class is usually super-duper crowded, but attendance was pretty light due to Easter. I hate hate hate crowded classes so I’m thinking I’m going to skip tomorrow’s session, but with a little planning, I think I can fit in a couple of strength sessions somewhere.
Here’s to a great end-of-April and beginning-of-May!