Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts meant vacation was over. After 10 days of waking up without an alarm and running whenever I wanted, it was kind of a shock to the system.

It’s time to get back to the grind of daily living and ultra training.

Womp, womp, womp.


40 minute Arc Trainer Strength Intervals

60 minutes Strength training/mobility/core

The first day back at the gym after being gone for a week is rough. I knew I was going to be sore no matter what weight I used, so I did my usual numbers and hoped that I’d be able to walk on Tuesday.

Spoiler alert: I was sore from head to toes!


5.13 mile run

Kyle and I met up for some chit chat and miles. It felt so leisurely to meet up later than usual thanks to having my mom and aunt visiting for the week. Even though we ran later, the air still felt cool with a hint of fall.  It’s so sad to think that the days are getting shorter now!

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20 minute Stepmill Intervals

10 minute Rower Intervals

60 minutes Strength training/mobility/core


5.17 mile run

The goal of today’s run was to attack the hills and recover on the downhills/flats. I tried to hit up the hillier section of town for some good climbs. I felt good attacking and even earned myself some segment PR’s on Strava.


rest day!


18 mile trail run

This run was a mix of feeling good to not feeling good.  It stayed that way for the duration. Starting out I felt like I was having to work harder than I should have been.  My left ankle felt locked up and didn’t like any type of incline.

Like last week, I started to feel some cramping in my hamstrings around mile 12.  Per my coach, I packed some Spicy Brown Mustard to eat if that happened.  I was hesitant that it would work and even more hesitant that it would taste good.

But guess what?

It got rid of the cramps and tasted pretty darn good.  So much so that I sipped on it throughout the rest of my run.

Who knew?

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The last 6 miles were a little rough. I tripped and rolled my ankle around mile 14. It was a doozey but I was able to walk it off for a bit before I could start running again. Rachel and I tried to stick to less technical trails/dirt road after that just to be on the safe side.

Side note: HUGE thanks to Chris, John and Rachel for pulling me along on my longest long run since Boston 2015 and for my longest trail run EVER.  They made it seem easy!


2 hrs SUP

30 min Recovery Run

My friend Jenny and I hit the water in the a.m. for SUP time. I told Jenny that the water in the bay was always flat and calm. I lied. It was windy, wavy and a struggle to go anywhere into the wind. BUT it was so fun.

last week's workouts | happyfitmama.comLater in the day, I finally laced up my kicks for an easy pace recovery run.  I wasn’t sure how my ankle would feel from rolling it on Saturday but it was ok. Not 100% but ok all things considering. I kept it easy and walked a little to keep it light.

Overall, it was a solid week of workouts.  I’m ready for another hard week that’s going to be capped off with hilly miles for Vermont 100 on 100 with 5 other friends. I can’t wait!

How was your week in workouts?

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27 comments on “Last Week’s Workouts

  1. Who knew with mustard! GLad your ankle is relatively OK
    So glad for last week’s taste of fall while on vacation – NE mountain summers are the best

  2. I have never heard the spicy brown mustard thing before! When I read your post on instagram at first i wondered if you actually rub it on your hamstring lol. Which sounds ridiculous now…but eating it sounds pretty strange too! Either way, I’m glad it helped and tasted good!

  3. I feel your pain as I’m in day two of returning from vacation and it’s a very rude awakening! CONGRATS on the 18 mile trail run – WOW!!!! And who knew about spicy brown mustard? I have NEVER heard of that one in all my years of running – so glad it worked and tasted good 🙂 Keep those ankles in check for VT this weekend. I’m going to miss you all so hard!! 🙁
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    1. The actual running of 18 miles on the trail wasn’t so bad but some of my friends were running late and then we had to stop a few times because of one of my friends pack was leaking. And then it was a 30 minute drive each way to the trail. It was a long morning! I’ve got a 22 and a 24 miler coming up…it’s going to be a long day!

  4. Isn’t it crazy how coming back from a break reminds us how hard our workouts actually are? That’s wild about the brown mustard but I’m glad it worked AND that it wasn’t so bad going down. Haha! I don’t mind the milder temps but yeah the fading daylight is a total buzzkill.

  5. I had heard that about the mustard…but, any kind of mustard makes me gag, so (unfortunately) it won’t be on my “to-try” list LOL Well done on that 18-miler, and on trails, none the less!!!

    1. I’m not a mustard fan either and thought for sure I was going to puke when I took a swig of it. But it really wasn’t that bad. I mean, I even started taking swigs on it later on just because the vinegar taste was good. Weird…I know!

  6. I’ve never heard of using Spicy Brown Mustard for that – that’s a new one! I do enjoy it on sandwiches and hot dogs so maybe I should give it a try…

    Awesome job on that 18 miler! Sorry about the rolled ankle but it looks like you bounced back nicely.

  7. I’ve never heard of using spicy brown mustard for cramps, but that’s awesome that it works – and it’s more portable than pickle juice! Congrats on your longest trail run yet!

  8. Oh no! Was it the same ankle you rolled a couple of weeks ago? Would the mustard work for that? I wonder what is so special about mustard?

    1. Of course it was! *insert eye roll* Thankfully, it’s not that bad. Just swollen but not painful. I wish the mustard worked on ankle sprains but sadly it’s only muscle cramps. Womp womp womp. Mustard has the same properties as pickle juice for cramps. I like pickle juice but mustard is easier to carry. I’ll take it!

    1. There’s something that pickle juice and mustard have that triggers nerves in the mouth and throat that also triggers the nerves in muscle cramps. I don’t even like mustard but it oddly tasted good on my run. Who knew?!?!

  9. great week! I know how hard it is to get back into the swing again. 18 miles!! I’m not quite there yet but to be honest I’m kind of dreading it. Feel like having another vacation to the Netherlands and running it with me? haha!

    I’ve never heard about spicy brown mustard for cramps. I have however been told to drink pickle or pepperoncini juice and that does seem to work. Or maybe it was in my head and I believed in it enough! My right hamstring was killing on my last two runs – I think it’s time to get some pickles again (or mustard…)

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