Another week, more frustrations, but overall, not a bad week and I’m not even going to rehash the frustrating stuff — I whined enough yesterday over tea — except for Tuesday’s run — that was majorly frustrating and most of you are runners and that’s why you’re here.
It’s kind of a long one, so grab a cookie or two and your beverage of choice, and settle in because I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin. It’s all about supporting anyone who lives an healthy lifestyle.
- Monday: 3 miles easy , Dogwalk
- Tuesday: 3.5 miles 8 x 400/400m intervals, Dogwalk
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, Swimming 30 minutes, Iron Strength Abbreviated
- Thursday: Dogwalk, just a bit of swimming, 2.5 tempo on TM
- Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B full body beginner strength workout
- Saturday: Dogwalk, 7 mile LSD, Pahla B Balance workout and Foam Rolling “workout”
- Sunday: Dogwalk & the sport of Olympic watching
Mileage: 16 (-1)
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Monday was humid and I felt slow, but it was an easy run and I don’t really worry about my pace on easy runs. I was surprised, and pleased, to see that I had run negative splits.
That’s what I wrote in my journal (*affiliate link), anyway — I can’t say as I really remember much about this run.
As I mentioned previously, I went to the track near my home only to find out it was closed, and thus began a super frustrating run. While warming up in the parking lot at the track, before I realized I couldn’t run on it, I changed the settings on my Garmin to the intervals I needed for this workout. Or so I thought.
So when I got to the bike path, my next choice, I thought all I needed to do is run. Except I’m running . . . I’m running . . . and realizing that the watch hadn’t vibrated to alert me to the fact I’d run a quarter mile. Apparently my settings didn’t change. So I reset them, thinking it could still tell when I’d run a quarter mile — which it could, only from the time I reset the watch, which was totally useless and I ended up having to just watch the watch to know when to speed up and slow down.
After a half mile warm up and a mile of 400m fast/400m recovery (or the quarter mile alerts I set up) I realized the intervals were supposed to 200m. I think this is the second year in a row I managed to do that. The track would have been so helpful in that regard. I blame it on lack of sleep. I mentally shrugged and just finished up with the 400s.
For the first mile, my watch also kept wanting to go back to the clock . . . like I said, the whole damn run was just super frustrating.
I couldn’t run until fairly late in the day. It was kind of a toss up whether to run outside or on the treadmill. It wasn’t super hot, but I just knew I’d get pretty darn hot at that time of day and it actually takes less time to run on the treadmill, plus my neighborhood doesn’t have a lot of flat and it was a tempo run.
Yes, the treadmill won.
Thankfully since Tuesday’s speedwork was on the longer side, this tempo run could be on the shorter side, which totally worked for a busy day. I did about a mile and a half at around 11:15 mm (with my normal walk breaks in there) — although I didn’t take walk breaks in my warm up and cool downs. Don’t ask me why; I don’t know.
I used to think I just couldn’t do tempos on a treadmill. I guess I can do short ones, anyway.
There was a threat of thunderstorms for the morning. It started to rain almost as soon as I hit the road. But it stopped about the time I got to the parking lot — unfortunately — because it was mid 70s and 80% humidity. I wished for more rain the entire run.
It turned out this is the rail trail that Darlene & I sometimes run at during the fall/winter, only we met at the parking lot where Darlene & I usually turn around. Which means that while it was a long slow uphill climb, it was a long slow decline on the way back. Since I run most long runs by feel (with the watch going, but not “watching” it), it was just naturally positive splits.
My running buddy, unfortunately, is out for the rest of the season. She has a partially torn meniscus and apparently is missing some cartilage from her knee. Not worn down — actually just missing. How she has run on it for as long as she has, I have no idea. I am so glad she was able to do her Venice half, but now she most likely faces surgery.
She came and rode her bike with me for part of the run, although I was concerned about her having to slow down so much and whether or not that would be good for her. And that’s most likely her plan — to ride with us for part of our runs, and also do some biking at a normal pace to keep up her fitness. And she’s investigating somewhere to swim. Maybe she’ll become a triathlete?
Favorites of the week
I went with a friend to her friend’s house on Thursday (which is why my run had to be later in the day) so we could enjoy her pool. This woman is in our Weight Watchers meeting, although she doesn’t always stay, and we went to Freihofers together. So it was very sweet of her to include me in the invitation.
Since it’s been super frustrating the last few weeks, and most of my away time from home is either running or grocery shopping, I so needed this! And her pool — and home — are just stunning. I would kill to have a pool like that that I could swim in every single day if I wanted to!
The three of us had a lovely time but although I meant to take some photos, I never did get around to it. And maybe she doesn’t want her pool appearing in my blog anyway . . .
I think I need to weed out my cookies board on Pinterest or just reorganize it. Yes, cookies are my jam. And the first cookie recipe you’ll find on that board is for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies from Chocolatecoveredkatie.
Oh my. You must make these because:
- It makes a small batch of cookies, so you won’t get into too much trouble.
- Mr. Judy actually asked for another in the evening (I’d given him one after lunch — sorry, honey, the last two are my recovery cookies from some run next week).
- They’re like little chocolate chip cookie pies.
It got me to do a lot more foam rolling post long run than I usually do: the video is actually about 20 minutes long. I really enjoyed it, though. And recommend it.
These recovery socks from CEP (affiliate link). I use a lot of different recovery sleeves and socks, but I have to admit, CEP has quickly become my favorite (even if they look pretty darn odd during the summer). They just seem to take the ache away magically. The compression is fairly high, so getting into and out of them is a struggle, but trust me, it’s worth it.
My ankle was achy after my long run Saturday. I spent some time in my CEPs, I applied some heat as we watched the opening ceremonies from the day before, and I woke up today with a happy ankle.
And I got that haircut. I didn’t do a good job capturing the before & after. Almost looks the same, doesn’t it? My bangs were already funky a minute after leaving the salon! But you should have seen what they looked like before. What I didn’t capture was that I’d pulled it up into a very high ponytail and used a barrette to pull it over so the curls were covering up the bangs. It’s quite the look, lemme tell you (it’s how I swim sometimes outside when it’s just for fun).
I did try to capture it, but there’s only so much contorting I can do inside a car.
And that’s a wrap!
I love to hear from you! Answer me one of the questions below in the comments, or just comment! Let me know what you think or what’s on your mind.
What is your favorite brand of compression socks if you use the?
Got a must try “healthy” cookie recipe for me?
I’d ask you for your favorite Olympic moment so far, but I tape it and watch it later so I don’t want spoilers! But okay, if you really want to share, lemme know.