Suspiciously productive: weekly wrap

Last week was one of those rare weeks where everything goes almost exactly to plan. Nearly everything on my to-do list got checked off…except those couple of errands that have been there for weeks because they don’t have any sort of deadline. I can’t give the running schedule change I talked about last week all the credit, but it certainly helped!


Rest day. AKA class-meeting-class-meeting-meeting-lab work-crash day.


Early afternoon strength workout. I did weighted single-leg deadlifts for the first time post-injury, and was a little dismayed how much strength difference I noticed. But hey, that’s why we do single-leg exercises.

Post-work hydro run class. Right, so I didn’t exactly move my run to Tuesday this week, but it was premeditated as I had a scheduling conflict with the hydro run class I usually take (Thursday).


This was the second-warmest day we had all week – meaning the temperature was just barely above 0 when I got home late afternoon. I took Kara out for a neighborhood run, but alas, her sore leg started bothering her after a mile or so. I dropped her off at home (a benefit of staying in the neighborhood – we were just a couple blocks away), and finished up 3 miles by myself.


Strength workout. Want to try a deceptively hard exercise? Hold a one-legged bridge and do leg lowers with the other leg.


I knew Friday would be the only day when the temperature got significantly above 0, so I planned to fit in my long run that afternoon. I ran my farthest since the injury, 5.6-ish miles. (My GPS was all over for the first mile, but I think the total is about right.) And I was even a bit sweaty by the end.


Sorta a rest day, but I did shovel the driveway.


The temperature stayed below zero in the valley all day….but we’re under an inversion, which means the air is warmer higher up. So I drove into the mountains to get in my run. I think it was approaching 30 at the trailhead, compared to -5 in town. The only downside was the several times I accidentally stepped off the trail and sunk in past my knees.

I remembered this being a fairly easy trail, but, uh, that was in summer. 1.5 miles in, the trail got significantly steeper, until I couldn’t go forward without sliding back (despite wearing spikes). So that turned out to be the turnaround point. When I checked my data later, I realized this was actually the steepest run I’ve done since the injury – 700 ft in 1.5 miles – so lots of post-injury milestones this week!

The offending hill. (It’s steeper than it looks, of course.)

Total: 11.6 miles. Next week, the goal is 15ish. I know that’s a bigger increase than the 10% “rule”, but considering how many weeks I’ve been around 10 miles, I think the knee is ready for it.

Are you suspicious of unusually productive weeks?

Negative temps in town, or warm trail with a chance of postholing?

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekly Wrap

9 Comment

  1. Those trails look so inviting…but I’d be suspicious with all that snow cover (because I know my coordination limitations and subsequent lack of grace).

  2. I agree with Kimberly, I’d just fall off the edge too many times! Well done you though and I personally would take that rise in miles, knowing you’re going a bit more than 10%. Anyway who am I to talk, I accidentally added 2 miles to last week’s 13.5 long run through not being able to remember to start my watch … (I was OK as my weekly total was almost the same). Great post-injury comebacks this week – hooray!

  3. Kim G says: Reply

    Sounds like you had a super productive week – that’s always a good thing!

    I always love the photos of your trails. I’ve only done one trail race before (by accident, it wasn’t advertised as a trail race!) and it was so pretty but I was terrified of falling, lol

  4. That is interesting that it was warmer on the top of the mountain. Glad you got in that weekend run the trails look beautiful. Have a fantastic week!
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  5. Wendy says: Reply

    You are right, those one-legged bridges are tough!

    I’m glad you had such a productive week. I used to be super productive all the time, not so much anymore. I’d love to have more of them!

  6. I’d probably go for warmer too. When we were in ID they talked about inversions — definitely didn’t sound pleasant to me.

    Good luck with the jump next week! Sounds like you’re ready.
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  7. Those trails look so pretty. I always say I need to try more trail running, but I’m afraid of wiping out! Good luck with next week’s step up in mileage!

  8. You are doing so well managing your injury and it sounds like that knee is getting stronger and stronger. Try for 15, but of course play it by ear! PS: You live in a beautiful winter wonderland – those trails look like they are out of a story book!

  9. Renée says: Reply

    I would definitely celebrate a week like this if I were you! yes I’d be a tad suspicious too!

    i’m so in awe of people who can run in that kind of snow!

    i hope you are really able to increase your mileage like you want – that would be great!

    we are just slightly chilly and rainy (and grey) here. I really can’t complain (I likely will, but I shouldn’t)

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