We celebrated my Dad’s birthday again last weekend with a lunch at the Culinary Institute of America for all the grandkids, siblings, my cousin and her husband who live not too far away, and of course, my parents last weekend.
So I was on a bit of social media diet this past weekend. Did ya miss me?
This one is going to be a bit longer than usual, and a bit heavier on the photos; you’ve been warned. The title refers to the fact that Trump was in town when we were leaving yesterday, so we went home a different route than usual to avoid any traffic snarls. We also went down a different route saturday, because Clinton was in town up here! Bernie was here recently, Hilary was here . . . we can’t escape the politics!
I am way behind on reading, commenting, and replying to comments. I thought maybe I’d get this post up yesterday, but I was very tired when we got home — not happening! I’m at the peak of my training, and my brother was coughing all over me all weekend long, so I need all the rest I can get.
- Monday: Dogwalk, Tempo to Hill Repeats (6 x 40), PT Exercises x 3
- Tuesday: YFR Hamstrings, Final Fat Meltdown, Dogwalk @ the park, PT Stretches x 2
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, Speedwork (1 mile warmup, 800, 1600, 800 @ goal pace with 400 recovery, 800 cooldown, PT Stretches x 2
- Thursday: YFR Hamstrings, Dogwalk, Final Fat Meltdown, PT Stretches x 2
- Friday: Yoga Tuneup Shoulders, Wrists & Elbows, Dogwalk x 2, 8 mile solo LSD, PT Stretches x 2
- Saturday: Yoga Tuneup Shoulders, Feet & Ankles, PT Stretches x 3ish
- Sunday: 3 miles easy, PT Stretches x 2ish
Mileage: 20 (-2)
TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners
WU = warmup
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
After my sports massage last week, everything felt great. I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to last too long, but I felt kind of bummed Tuesday when it was aching again, on and off. Then, for some reason unknown to me, I decided to wear compression socks.
Mind you, when my ankle first started to bother me I was practically living in the darn things. But it gets old struggling in and out of them multiple times a day. So somewhere along the way I stopped. I wore compression sleeves during and after my runs.
The joke was on me because in just a few hours my ankle felt fine! So I am back to living in compression socks a lot again.
On Wednesday I was doing speedwork. One of the things I don’t like about the run/walk method is that it’s hard to figure out what your pace should be during your run sections. At least for me. I was aiming for race pace, which I hope will be a 12 mm.
None of my speed intervals were a 12 mm — they were all under that! Some by more than half a minute. This may sound like a good thing, but it really isn’t. It’s not good to lay it all out in practice and then get to your race burnt out. What it did was help me begin to figure out is what pace I’m looking for during my run portions that will translate into the correct average pace.
I had planned to meet up with my friend Jan for part of my 8 mile run Friday — I had to switch it to Friday due to family obligations for the weekend — but unfortunately she was just getting over the flu, so I was solo. And I was a little jealous when my friend Denise ran with Darlene this weekend and they ran into Jan.
It was a gorgeous day to run and it went very well. I purposely tackled Blatnick Hill again; my ankle was a bit irritated afterwards, but I was also testing out the Brooks Pure Connect on a longer run. A solo long run is a good thing, though; I’ll be racing by myself in my half, after all!
I’ve no idea if it was the shoes that caused the irritation, or simply the hilly run, but since my toes were also sore afterwards I think I have to relegate them to shorter runs and I think the Brooks Ghost 8 will get me through my next half. Which is a shame, because I love the Pureconnects!
I was going to go out for ice cream after my run, but my husband said let’s do it when we drop off Lola. Only then he didn’t want any, but I still did. And because I always choose chocolate, poor Lola didn’t get any.
My ankle was definitely sore after Friday’s run, but I wore compression socks and they really did their job — it felt fine the next day, fine during an easyish hilly 3 miles Sunday, and fine today — despite not getting in much exercise or PT other than that run for the entire weekend!
Favorites of the Week
Mr. Judy had a farewell dinner for one of his coworkers on Thursday night. That meant I didn’t need to cook for him and could eat all the sushi. Never a bad thing, even if it was a cutback week and I was only running 8 miles the next day.
Beautiful weather all weekend long! Although Saturday, the day of my Dad’s party, we wasn’t super warm, since there was a breeze (and we were near the Hudson, which is always breezier, and they took photos in the shade — I was cold!). But I had great weather for my 8 mile run Friday, as you can see above.
My sister got my Dad a card that was glasses and had a row of candles on the top that light up when you pressed a button. It was a big hit — my Dad is such a ham! And my brother and SIL brought a candle in the shape of a flower; when you light it, it opens up, spins and plays happy birthday. I took a little video of it — it was also a big hit.
A good time was had by all.
And that’s a wrap!
Do you do have a shoe problem?
Celebrated any big events recently?
What’s your favorite treat after a long run?