Boston Marathon: Cut-back Week 3 {13 miles}

Good morning! This week was another cut-back training week which means I had 13 miles on my schedule this morning instead of a longer run.

I woke up bright and early and fueled with a brown rice cake with peanut butter, raisins, and chia seeds.

The left half is Bee’s Knee’s pb and the right is Cinnamon Raisin. I couldn’t decide so I went with both!

It was a chilly but beautiful morning. The sun was shining and there was hardly a cloud in the sky. I love running when it’s pretty out, it puts me in such a good mood!

Unfortunately, my legs were really stiff again today. If you’re a regular reader, I’m sure you’ve noticed me mentioning my stiff legs the past few posts. Well, usually when I start out stiff my legs loosen up within a few miles and I feel better, but today they would not cooperate. I decided to complete my run but keep my pace a little under an 8:00 min/mile. My body is definitely sending me signals that it’s tired and I didn’t want to push too hard. No injuries before Boston!

I ended up finishing right around where I wanted to (given the stiffness). So now it’s time to recover, foam roll, stretch, and rest so that next training week is better!

There are also a few other things in my day-to-day life that I think are contributing to the extra stiffness. For one, I’m not sleeping as much. Less sleep means less time for my muscles to recover so I’m going to try to get more sleep during the week to see if that helps. Also, I tend to study at our kitchen counter which means I’m sitting on a bar stool for hours at a time. I’m wondering if having my legs dangling for a long time is affecting me as well? I’m going to make a better effort to sit other places while studying and also take more breaks when studying to move around and see if my legs are less stiff as a result.

Does anyone have any other suggestons?

Breakfast after my run was super creamy oats.

I cooked 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup almond milk, 1/3 cup water, raisins, and 2 egg whites over medium heat until they started to thicken. Then I added in 1/2 a banana, cinnamon, and 1/2 scoop of protein powder. When the oats were done, I topped them with a spoonful of peanut butter and Carrot Cake Love Crunch Granola.

I’m off to do some homework before celebrating Restaurant Week at Le Colonial, have a great Sunday!