I still spent a lot of time on the couch this week, but I returned to the land of the living with some dogwalks, a few runs, and just a tiny bit of strength training. By the end of the week, despite moving more, I no longer felt so worn out.
Until Bandit had diarrhea all day and night Saturday, that is.
- Monday: Pahla B Beginner Balance WO, Dogwalk
- Tuesday: 3 miles easy, Pahla B Beginner Balance WO
- Wednesday: Dogwalk
- Thursday: 3 miles easy
- Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Beginners Dumbell WO
- Saturday: 8 mile LSD
- Sunday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Beginner Balance WO & Pahla B Stretch + Strengthen
Mileage: 14 (+9.5)
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Since Mr. Judy has a method for walking both dogs (I don’t share his enthusiasm for that method and am working on my own, at least mentally), I had him walk the dogs so that I could run without overexerting myself.
I went out for 2 miles, then thought maybe 2.5, and then thought well why not 3. And then thought we’ll just see what I have in me. It was not terribly hot, but it was humid, but thankfully cloudy, too.
I started to feel a bit tired about 1.5 miles in, got a second wind, started to feel a bit tired again towards the end, but I did 3 miles easy.
I thought they were pretty slow, but it wasn’t about pace. When I looked at the run, though, the pace wasn’t bad for me, and it was negative splits. A nice little surprise.
I had poor Mr. Judy walk Lola, despite the fact that Bandit wasn’t here, so that again, I wouldn’t overexert myself and I could get my run in before my Weight Watchers meeting for a change.
Another good one: negative splits again, slightly faster pace (without trying), and I didn’t feel quite so tired. My ankle was quite achy after my run Tuesday but was fine today.
I worried a bit that my weight would be up after all the soup I consumed last week and running right before the meeting, but I actually managed to lose a small amount this week.
Pretty perfect running weather; I was “lucky” I was sick last week, when it was still so Godawful humid. But this week the humidity broke and the shadows are longer and longer in the mornings as the days get shorter and shorter.
I was a bit worried about this one since I didn’t do a long run last week. Should I shorten it? Just go for it? I actually felt pretty good Saturday morning, so I decided I’d try the 8 miles and not watch my pace.
Pace was mostly pretty consistent within about 15 seconds or so, until that last mile — I felt my knee start to tighten up about a quarter mile from the finish, so I walked a little extra. I’ve no doubt it’s because it’s been a couple of weeks since I ran that long and all the missed runs last week, but all in all I’m calling this run a win and I feel pretty good overall.
Especially after looking at my journal — it only took me 1 minute longer than the last time I ran 8 miles a couple of weeks ago and if my knee hadn’t acted up I might have matched it, even after being sick.
In general I’m running just a little bit faster this year, although I have a bad tendency to do well in training and tank in the race — all depends on the circumstances (and the weather). So I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
Favorites of the week
I shared my favorites in Friday’s post, so I thought I would just take you along for my Saturday run in pictures. I took a lot of photos — some on walk breaks, and some I just stopped for and paused my watch. Karen @ Running Over the Hill gave me the idea with her post that was the tour of her office.
I actually got a little lost getting there, as we were parking in a different lot than I’m used to, and I didn’t realize that you have to go down and back to get to it. But if I hadn’t had my little detour through downtown Albany, I would never have seen this:
I’ve lived here for 7 years, but I had no idea that there was there. My jaw was hanging open when I saw that! I thought it was Snoopy!
So there you go, that was Saturday’s run. Corning Preserve is only about 15 minutes away, but I only go there on the weekend. During the week it tends to be pretty deserted, except for the homeless.
We’d planned to go out to eat Saturday. In fact, as you can see, I got dressed up. Unfortunately Mr. Judy decided he wasn’t feeling up to it (remember, we had already been out to dinner Tuesday night). So I made him take photos of me. Because non-hat hair and a nice dress.
Then I changed into my pjs, ordered a veggie stromboli and garlic bread, and inhaled half of both.
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.
I’m thinking I should do either speedwork or tempo next week, but not both. Which would you consider more important? Although if I do get together with Darlene, it’ll be a tempo (for me; easy, for her).
And should I take another week with just 3 runs, or go back to my normal 4 runs (my LSD is 10 miles next week, by the way)?
Should I go back to putting my run stats on my runfies? Does anyone care?