Google Searches + Cooldowns After Running (weekly workout recap)

Lots of notes for today before getting to my workouts:

Every Friday like clockwork, I see an uptick in Google searches for my post, What To Eat The Night Before A Long Run. Clearly, runners all over are preparing for their weekend runs! I reread that post, which I wrote a few years ago, and decided that the information I shared still holds true for me, should I actually decide to run long. What do you like to eat the night before a long run? Is it the same meal every time or do you have a few meals that work for you?

What to eat the night before a long run

Let’s chat Pure Barre for a minute. I’m also noticing an uptick again in Google searches related to how quickly you will see results from Pure Barre. If you are wondering about results from Pure Barre, I covered it in great detail in this post. 

And now, let’s talk about cooldowns after running. I’m making it a point going forward to ensure that I build in enough time for a cool-down walk on my running days. I find that in the winter, I am shorter on time and have been jumping straight from running, to the shower, to working. Since I work from home, it’s easy to be right up to the minute with my workout time frame BUT I also get out of the shower and jump immediately into working and talking to people back to back on the phone. I really need to ensure I build in minutes to bring my heart rate and body back to neutral.  One needs a proper cooldown and for me, that means at least 10 minutes of walking. I’m now being super cognizant of factoring in cooldown walking time after running during the week. If needed, I will cut my runs to ensure that I have enough time for the cooldown too. Once the spring/summer hit, I have more time in the morning so this really isn’t as much of an issue.

brooks ghost 12

Monday – 60 Min Walk (outside)

So my throat hurt yesterday but I felt completely better today. I thought maybe I was getting a cold but never got one. Although I felt better, I was more tired than usual so I didn’t want to run.

Tuesday – 60 Min Walk (outside)

Still feeling better (I wonder why my throat hurt on Sunday?) but took another day of easy walking to be safe.

Wednesday – 5 Miles (outside)

Thursday – 35 Min Pure Barre

Friday – 5 Miles (treadmill)

This was a great treadmill workout although not overly formal for me to share specific details. Here’s basically what it looked like:

10-minute usual treadmill warm-up (5 min easy/5 min 30 seconds hard/30 seconds easy)

Then for the next 3 miles or so (I was already over a mile once the warm-up finished), I alternated 5 minutes comfortably hard/1 minute easy while ranging incline up between 1.0 – 3.0%.

Once I hit 4 miles, I kept up the speed without dropping for an easy minute. 5 miles = slightly over 41 minutes.

I finished with a 10-minute cooldown walk on the treadmill.

Friday night we went to the Islanders game during which they retired John Tonelli’s number – he played during the Stanley Cup years, back when I was a very little girl. 🙂

tonelli number retired

The game started after the ceremony which made for a later night than usual. It’s a really good thing the Islanders won because I was already cranky from being tired, I didn’t need to be cranky over a loss too.

Saturday – 5 Mile Run/1 Mile Walk (outside)

I ran later than usual since I was out way past my bedtime last night. Still tired but fine to run, I ran easy for the first 3 miles and then picked up the effort for the last two miles, finishing with a mile walk as a cool down.

Sunday – 30 Min Pure Barre/3 Mile Walk (outside)

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