I haven’t been very consistent on my weekly runs – partly because I haven’t been very consistent on my long runs. I’ve been getting them in, but switching between Saturday (my preferred day) and Sunday (somehow, the day that ends up working best for me) throws me off for the week.

This explains why I wound up running nine miles the day after I did a legs/core workout in the gym. The niner was supposed to be done Tuesday and the legs and abs workout on Wednesday. That would have been perfect! But I ran long Sunday, rested Monday, and decided to flip-flop Tuesday and Thursdays workouts.

Bad, bad idea.

My legs were tight after doing squats and lunges on Wednesday, but I thought they’d loosen up as I ran. And they did – after about seven miles. The first seven, I had to keep stopping to walk, stretch, and swear like a longshoreman.

It was not pretty.

It was my first running commute; I had high hopes, especially after having a pretty good long run on Sunday. And it wasn’t a terrible run – it just took far, far too long. It was really hot, so walking wasn’t a terrible idea anyway, but the tightness just made me more frustrating.

Today, I was supposed to run five miles, and that’s just not going to happen. My legs feel like they’ve been dipped in concrete. ┬áThis weekend, I am going to have to push my run back to Sunday again, so I think I’m just going to have to switch up my training schedule a little bit. I don’t want to put myself at risk for injury, but I also can’t keep skipping all these base mile runs. I’d also like to get some speedwork/hillwork in and with my current schedule I just can’t fit it in.

That said, I AM glad to be back in the weight room. It felt really good to make it in twice this week. I’ll probably go in tomorrow as well.



  1. Tomi says:

    So how important do you think the weight training is? I am not doing any and I don’t think I will be able to work it in. It’s hard enough to find time to run. Just curious.

    1. meg says:

      For me it’s been huge, but mostly because of the IT band and hip issues. It’s helped A LOT. I also think it’s been helping me recover a little faster than I might otherwise (with the exception of this week! Because I was DUMB!).

      I also have seen bigger changes in my body since I started doing it last year than I have at any point since I started running again 3 years ago. So there’s that.

      But I don’t know that you have to do a ‘full’ session, either. I’m aiming for 2 hours a week, but I bet just adding some squats, planks, donkey kicks, and lunges into your routine would help.

      More here and here. You don’t need a gym and you don’t need a ton of time, I don’t think. Anything you can squeeze in will probably help, but if you’re feeling pretty good I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

      Weirdly, I’m starting to like it.

  2. Tomi says:

    I’m beginning to think that it’s incredibly important. Gene is worried that I’m going to injure myself during the marathon. I do have lower back pain after being on my feet all day so I think I’ll try to do some of these exercises in the evening.

    Otherwise, my running seems to be on track (if not slightly behind schedule). The important thing is that it feels great. Drastically reducing my dairy intake has me feeling like a different person! Who knew.