Monday, again? I just did Monday last week.

Last week was another solid week of “getting back after it.” I bumped up my mileage a tad as I reduced the cross training miles…tapping out at 40 miles. The calf is feeling fantastic but I still have some tenderness that comes and goes where the bone was badly bruised. Sadly that can sometimes takes months to heal so I am icing daily…twice daily…thrice daily. Here is the short & sweet rundown:

Sunday- 75 miles on the bike.
Monday- A.M.- 7 miles P.M.-5 miles
Tuesday- A.M.- 90 minutes bike P.M.- 5 miles easy
Wednesday- 10 miles
Thursday- 2 1/2 hours long bike session
Friday- A.M.- 5 miles up speed. P.M.- 5 miles easy
Saturday- Super easy 5K race with my Bestie (daughter)

Guess what arrived in my mailbox Saturday afternoon? The Chicago Marathon 2011 results book. I was not aware that they send anything like that out so it was a nice mental pick-me-up and felt good to remind myself that I came in 43rd at a Worlds Marathon Major event. I am no where near that level of fitness right now but I WILL get back there and then some with a little time, patience, and commitment. The second picture was the first page of the booklet. Aww, we ALL did, didn’t we?!? πŸ™‚
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I know you don’t need any silly motivation to get you moving on Monday mornings but just in case here is a little fighter gem. Have a great week everyone! When it comes to training this week be a Fighter…unless you are fighting this guy…then be a hugger.
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What workout do you have on tap for today?

I’ve got a double planned if my calf holds up well.

Do you know what film the last picture is from?

It’s one of my favorites.

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21 thoughts on “Monday, again? I just did Monday last week.

  1. Your post came through my email just in time as I have a case of the Mondays..I was all game to go do 5 miles this morning, but I’m quickly losing motivation. Going now!

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  2. Your are stud! What is your next big race? Looking forward to cheering you on. πŸ™‚ I was up all night with my oldest son (stomach flu) so I went out on for an early easy 10K before my husband had to leave for work. Happy Monday Kris!

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    • I love runs before the husband goes to work. I feel so accomplished when I get to do that and it just seems to start the day off right. My next BIG race is the Virginia Beach Rock & Roll Half then Twin Cities. I will run a bunch of smaller races before then but those are my goal races to aim for once my calf is fully recovered.

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  3. Just found your blog a few weeks ago. Many belated congrats on finishing 43rd in Chicago last fall! That’s pretty amazing! I was just happy to finish that race alive, so I wasn’t as thrilled for the painful reminder of that memory to appear in my mailbox the other day.

    Sending you healing wishes! Keep that ice a comin!

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    • Thanks so much! It was hot in Chicago that day wasn’t it?!? It’s been hot there both times I ran. I bet they will have perfect weather this year without me. πŸ™‚

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  4. Ha, I always feel that way about Mondays because I swim Monday nights! That’s a lot of biking! Is the biking cross-training until you build back your running or do you always bike that much? Now I feel like a total slacker. πŸ˜‰

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    • No, you are not a slacker!! I do NOT bike that much usually. It’s only because my usual mileage is much higher so I try to off set that time I used to train with a form of low impact cross training. I plan on slowly eliminating that bike time to zero.

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  5. You are awesome and where did last week go. Anyways-You will get back to where you were. I’m so glad you are logging those miles now and building back up. I’ve probably already asked you-but what other races besides the ERR and the summer series are you doing? I think I plan to do a lot more races towards the beginning of the summer and then not so much towards the end.

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    • Yes, I have that same plan. Lots of racing early and mid summer then less as I start to “sharpen” up before Twin Cities. I’m pretty much open to any races in the area (especially the Summer Series) so let’s plan it out πŸ™‚

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  6. This was a great reminder to me that as much fitness, speed and strength that I’ve lost these past two months of being off from running, that I will gain it back, plus some. I’ve definitely been able to recharge and refocus, and I still have a few more days of rest before I start easing into the miles. What a great week you had! That is some solid biking. I think I would like to start spinning in the fall.
    Have a great day!

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    • Spinning in a class is awesome! I was definetly able to get my heartrate up better in a spin class better than I was at home alone. You will get that fitness back in no time! Just have patience, don’t push too hard at first, and keep at it πŸ™‚ Gorgeous profile pic!!

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  7. GREAT week of training!!
    When I ruptured my deltoid ligament in February, the ligament snapped back against the bone and bruised it…that painful bruise was worse than the actual rupture, and unfortunately takes longer to heal that the ligament!
    Time & treatment (ice!) heals everything, I know you are coming back STRONG! I am a huge lover of road-biking to cross train, in my mind cycling generates strength in the muscle regions running misses πŸ™‚
    I WILL be bugging you for TIPS and advice for the Chicago Marathon this year…I am bummed you are not doing it this year!!
    I hope your Monday is off to a great start!
    xoxo!

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  8. I know! I really wanted to run Chicago again (It’s my favorite!) but was vetoed by my groups of friends. We’ve done it two years in a row now so it is time to move on. You’ve run some good courses but you will really love Chicago. The streets and crowds are amazing!!

    Thank you for letting me know about your bruise. I feel silly when people ask about it saying “The bruise is extremely painful” as if it shouldn’t hurt but it when it was at it’s worst it was excruciating and I could barely walk without wincing.

    Take care!

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  9. oh man I’m sorry to hear about your calf!! SO glad you’re on the upswing though, it looks like you had a pretty quality training week πŸ™‚ the bike is my favorite way to cross-train for sure. And you’re right – time, patience, and commitment. And ice. heals everything! πŸ™‚

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  10. haha…my fav slogan is: “no matter what, ur only at most six days away from Friday.” πŸ˜‰ that said, great job on the workouts but take care of the calf!! stay patient, keep plugging away and i KNOW in time u’ll be all back and healthy again…keep giving the bod that TLC. have a great night!

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  11. Sounds like you are starting to get back after it Kris!! Baby steps lead to leaps!! I had a rest day yesterday & took one more today. My quads are murdering me after posting my highest mileage week ever last week. Marathon training is painful but awesome all at the same time if that makes any sense. Going to get back after tomorrow. So happy for you!! πŸ™‚

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  12. Hi there! Just found your blog. What an impressive week. That is a ton of cycling! I just rediscovered the bike, but have never used it except for injury rehab/XT. I am in a recovery period right now.

    Paul Newman – Cool Hand Luke

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  13. Kris, that’s a SOLID week of workouts, nice!!

    I am signed up for a century ride on Saturday, but I reallly don’t know if it’s going to happen or not because my quads are very tired today after my marathon on Sunday. I’m going to play it by ear and perhaps drop to the half or quarter.

    HUGE congrats on placing 43rd at Chicago last year, you are so incredible!!

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  14. Somebody Up There Likes Me??? Great pic of Paul, what a stud.

    Your workouts look fierce! And a BIG congrats on Chicago, that is insane. Hard work definitely pays off! Way to go!

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