The week after Grandma’s was truly a great recovery week. The plan was to take 3 days off after the race and then give it a go with an easy run on Wednesday. Well, on Monday around noon I was told to be in NYC by Tuesday morning. One just has to love last minute work travel like that. Since I only planned on 1 run while I was up there, packing was pretty light which was a nice change.
I decided to hit the Hudson River Greenway as it’s one of my favorite places to run in NYC. It’s easy to get to from my hotel and can easily get some miles in either directions. I decided to head north and planned on just an easy 3 miles. I figured I’d honestly be going around 11:00/mile. Nothing crazy, just a nice shake out. I just let the run happen and was completely shocked that the pace was 10:04. For my first run post Grandma’s I actually pretty darn good.
On Friday night, I participated in Kitten Yoga with my friends Jaci & Kira. Jaci and I had done a different kitten yoga last year so we were anxious to give it another go. This was held at Yoga Digs in Greentree and all registration fees brought in went right to Pittsburgh C.A.T., which was the organization bringing in the kittens. All kittens on site were adoptable as well. We probably spent about 20 minutes of doing an actual yoga class and the rest was just hanging out and playing with the kittens. Pretty much the perfect ratio of yoga to kitten time. The best part is that they plan on having this on the last Friday of every month, so if you’re interested, make sure you sign up for their class on July 29th.
Wednesday: 3.3 miles, 33:09, 10:04/mile
Friday: Kitten Yoga!
Saturday: 6.5 miles, 1:13:48, 11:21/mile
Sunday: 3 miles, 31:58, 10:39/mile
Total Miles: 12.8 miles
I had planned to sleep in on Saturday, but at the last minute decided to get over to the Pro Bike & Run Group run. I hadn’t been to a group run in 2 months and I definitely was missing the group. The loops planned for the day were 5 and 10 miles. I felt 10 was just a little too much, but I wanted to get more than 5. Another runner, Dani, was in the same boat, so we decided to add on a bit a the turn around and then head back. In the end, 6.5 miles felt great and was happy to have that distance under my belt.
Since I have some crazy races coming up, including my own Texas Goofy in December, I decided I need to start getting some miles under tired legs. The goal is every weekend to try and get that second weekend run in now. With work schedule on the weekend it might be tough, but I’ll definitely be pushing for it as best as I can.
The best part about recovery week was probably my Saturday lunch date with Kristy that turned into a dinner date as well and seeing my college friend Jeanne on Sunday. Kristy and I had planned lunch at Smallman Galley with a couple beers. Afterwards we headed over to the new East End brewery taproom in the Strip and by the time we were done there it was dinner time. Needless to say, we had fun! Then on Sunday, Jeanne was to be passing through town and she was amazing to shift her drive time to my work schedule and we met up on my lunch break. It was a short meet up, but it was great to catch up in person and meet her puppy Beau.