I am trudging along with my workouts and battling the short days, lack of sunlight, carb & sugar cravings.
I made individual apple crisps twice this week because I have to taste test what I’m serving on Thanksgiving, right? The second one won. Although i do have a third recipe pinned . . .
You don’t have to be a runner to join in & tell us how your week went! So how was my running last week?
- Monday: Yoga for Pain Relief Align & Alleviate, Dog walk (2)
- Tuesday: Dog walk (2); 4 mile sloooow recovery run, ST from RFRL
- Wednesday: Yoga for Pain Relief Restore & Rebuild,
Dog walk(rained out), Physique 57 Barre Yoga
- Thursday: Dog walk, 4 miles? speedwork on treadmill
- Friday: Dogwalk, Physique 57 Butt & Thighs
- Saturday: Yoga for Runners Back & Hamstrings, 6 miles LSD, Dogwalk
- Sunday: Yoga for Pain Relief Rebuild & Restore, Dogwalk
Mileage: 14 (-1.3)
SAD but chugging away
The short days really get me down. Throw into that a mostly cloudy, sometimes rainy (sometimes sleety) week, and my runs this week just seemed like a struggle.
Good thing I’m not training for anything.
After last week’s 15k I know I probably could have run one more half this year, and live to tell the tale if I were smart about it, but I also know that just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
Tuesday’s run, a simple easy run, was slooooow. But it was just a recovery run, after all. I raced hard on Sunday.
Thursday was cold and rainy. If I’d been training for something, despite a busy day, I probably would have run outside. It wasn’t that bad. But because these couple of months at the end of the year are about rest and active recovery and maintaining endurance, I took it to the treadmill. And did some speedwork.
I finally got to test out the indoor function of my Vivoactive (the first couple of times I ended up having to stop and do something and forgot to pause it) and let’s just say it isn’t very accurate. Maybe my treadmill isn’t, either, but I’m pretty darn sure the average pace wasn’t 14.5 mm. I know what 14.5 mm feels like and that wasn’t it.
I did 2 miles of 1 minute fast, 2 minutes recovery with a mile warmup and cooldown. At least that’s what my treadmill thinks I did; the vivoactive thinks it was just 3 1/2 miles, but since I ran for 52 minutes, which both the treadmill and vivoactive agree on, I’m pretty sure it was more than 3 1/2 miles.
Saturday I met up with Darlene for the last 6 miles of her 11 mile run. Sure, it was cloudy, cold, and windy, and the next day was forecast to be quite a bit warmer. But I’d rather run with someone on a bad day than by myself on a good day. I run by myself enough.
I was hoping to persuade my husband to go to the park with the dogs (he did, a little grudgingly) on Sunday, because no one would have enjoyed it on such a nasty day — although I did walk the dogs in the afternoon.
I almost changed my mind when it started to snow, then sleet, early that morning, but we delayed the run a half hour and it was fine.
Of course the trail we were on was such a nice decline going out . . . but you know what that means. Running with Darlene means I kept a good pace anyway.
A little light on strength training again, good amount of yoga. My IT is telling me it wants more strength training.
Chester actually seemed a lot perkier this week. He didn’t even have his normal Saturday meltdown (he tends to do really badly on Saturdays). Read 5 Ways to Know It’s Time if you don’t know Chester’s story.
I take him to a holistic vet for laser treatments twice a week. Is it helping? There’s really no way to know. She thinks he’ll make it through the holidays, but she’s been wrong before. It’s really just making him comfortable for as long as we can.
I started to make some lentil burgers, but realized I didn’t have some of the ingredients that the recipe called for. So basically I threw in a bunch of ingredients from my refrigerator and they turned out great!
A bonus was that they were also quite large, and I’m a volume girl. I’ll have to try to take better photos so I can share the recipe with you. Mostly it’s take what you like, mix it all together, and pan fry it. I wanted to try to up my game and eat better, and that requires spending more time in the kitchen. So I can actually say do as I do!
And finally hanging this mirror — we bought it after my Gettysburg half last year. Since I had 2 orange & white tabbies (one gone almost 3 years but Gizmo going strong) it has great sentimental value to me. And it makes me smile.
Do you like to follow recipes or make it up as you go along?