Almost double digits: LCL recovery weeks 7/8

Last week I sat in front of my computer to write a weekly review and thought “ugh, one more thing to do”…so I closed the tab and didn’t. What a ridiculous attitude to have towards something 100% voluntary and supposedly fun, right? While it is end-of-semester crunch time, the last couple weeks were really more hectic than busy. Meaning, my obligations didn’t require excessively more time than usual, but there were just so many different things that I felt like I was constantly switching gears. Task switching = brain drain. (True story.)

But now it’s finals week, so my schedule is suddenly empty. (I don’t have finals and there’s no final in the class I TA for.) Now I should have enough brain power to remember to pack gym shoes. I forgot them TWICE last week…the same number of times I go to the gym.

The week before last everything ticked along recovery-wise – 3 2-3 mile runs, 3 workouts, 1 restorative yoga class. Until the final run of the week. I went for 3 trail miles, and about half a mile into the downhill half of the run, my hip started hurting the same way it had during the race. It’s hard to describe, but it felt like the hip was pulling on my knee. Thankfully the knee never started hurting and the hip pain hasn’t shown itself again, but it’s back to PT next week to see if we can get me 100% fixed.

Last week was more uneventful, despite my forgetfulness.

Monday: 2 miles around the neighborhood with Kara. Restorative yoga class.

Tuesday: Forgot my gym shoes. Thought about working out at home. Decided….eh.

Wednesday: 3 neighborhood miles. Mostly with Kara, but I dropped her at home for the last half mile because she was clearly getting tired. Also, I somehow managed to overdress for single-digit temperatures. Remembered my gym shoes to make up for yesterday.

And even found time to pop in at the library’s “pop-up” book sale.

Yeah, it was a busy week, but I was efficient – I found all these books in about 10 minutes.

Thursday: Hydro run class. I’ve had my bag of pool stuff sitting in my office for a couple weeks – because I know you were wondering how I managed not to forget anything ๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday: Forgot gym shoes again. And shortly after I got home, we headed out for a holiday stroll in the northside area of town (it’s near downtown, but a lot quieter).

Gratuitous B&B photo.

Sunday: Kara and I had the best trail run. The sun was out – I realize the photos might suggest it was setting, but that’s just my phone camera having lighting troubles – but the trail wasn’t busy at all.

There was a good packed path that was powdery rather than slick.

We were having so much fun that Kara insisted we go a little further when we got to my planned turnaround point. Then she got to this bridge and decided…”nah”.

At an earlier bridge, she decided to wade across the creek rather than try the bridge.

All together, a little over 4 miles to make 9 for the week. And I did about half a strength workout when I got home, to make up for all those shoe-forgetting days.

Do you experience end-of-year brain drain?   

What’s your ideal winter running location?

Linking up with Meghan for week in review and Holly and Wendy for Weekly Wrap

14 Comment

  1. Ah, you’re in for a treat with Americanah, a wonderful book which has stayed with me since I read it.

    Love your snowy dog pics, what a lovely trail. Did you have spikes / clip on spikes on your shoes? I’ve just ordered some tungsten ones that apparently transition fine from clear pavements to ice, thus ensuring the British Midlands gets NO snow or ice this winter (this time last year we had a good 6″ of snow, so it’s working already and they haven’t even arrived yet!).

    I don’t normally have end of year itis but this year I have a few projects I need to get finished “before Christmas”, which is SOON. Add in one Christmas meal and a London trip to see my best friend and argh.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I do have some nanospikes (basically the same thing you are describing, I think). I forgot to bring them this time, but the trail actually wasn’t slick at all.

      1. yes, they are nanospikes, they look great but nothing to test them on yet (hooray, frankly).

  2. Kim G says: Reply

    I love all of your snowy photos! We haven’t had too much snow yet but I have a feeling it’s coming soon (probably next month)

    I think I have end of year brain drain now! I was off work last week and when I came back yesterday I felt like I had to think twice as hard for normal tasks lol

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Ugh, always hard to come back to work after a break!

  3. the snow looks so pretty! We have not had any yet. Sounds like you are making progress with your mileage. I am excited to get back to my pool runs when we go away in a few weeks.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Glad you have a chance to get in some pool running! I am still learning to like it.

  4. I think my ideal winter running location would be somewhere south, LOL! Thankfully we are snow-less still, but it’s still damn cold (although not single digits!).

    I just struggle all around at this time of year. The short days and lack of sunshine really get to me. ๐Ÿ™
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I sweat all winter in the south, so I am not a fan! But then, I think preferring non-sweaty runs might put me in the minority.

  5. I love all your snowy photos! I don’t get that here in Florida. I can’t remember the last time I saw snow in person!

    I struggle this time of year due to work- it’s the craziest time of year for us and I work a lot of long shifts and overtime. I actually contemplated not running last night when I knew I should, but I went for 4 anyway.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Time for a snowy vacation? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t imagine working retail (right?) during the holidays – just shopping is stressful enough!

  6. It truly looks like a Winter Wonderland! This time of year is already brain-draining enough but add in buying/selling a home and a relative needing assistance and I don’t know what day it is. Thanks for linking!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I bet! Hope you get a bit a of downtime after the moving and holidays!

  7. […] Ok, that was overly dramatic, I just needed to get it out. I came down with a cold yesterday, so I had to keep myself home today instead of heading out for several mild, sunny trail miles. But my bigger frustration is theย hip pain I mentioned last week. […]

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