. . . about the weather, that is. Except the lack of sun, but hey, it’s the northeast and you better get used to that cause it could snow in a month. Or sooner. Seriously.
I spent a lot of my week acting like an ostrich, not wanting to call or email my sister for fear she’d ask for help and I’d lose this weekend. Thankfully, she didn’t. I don’t much of what’s going on down there . . . I hope that’s a good thing.
So because I’ll be traveling a lot in the next few months, but “wrapped” up with family business too, follow me on Instagram to find out what shenanigans I’m up to. I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin because you just never know who you might inspire.
- Monday: Dogwalking as we made our way back home
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles speedwork (6 x 800), PT16x16 WO1
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, PT16x16 WO2, Swim 30 minutes
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 3 miles tempo run, YFPR Hips
- Friday: Shapeshifter Yogaflow, Dogwalk, Easy 3 miles, PT16x16WO3
- Saturday: 8 miles LSD, YFR Hamstrings & Foundation
- Sunday: Dogwalk at the park, hopefully some yoga before bed
Mileage: 19 (-1)
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Another great day to run; too bad I couldn’t get out until almost lunch time! With the cooler Fall temps it wasn’t too bad.
I took this one a little easier than last week’s 5 x 800; I just ran by feel, pretty much. The first 3 were comfortably in the 11ish mm, with the last 3 a bit faster in the 10ish mm. I’ll take it.
I’m beginning to target a time window for my next half, even though the truth is I seriously have no real idea what will happen. Life was too chaotic this training cycle — not enough cross training, not enough yoga, not enough sleep, too much stress . . . but I know I’ve done the best I could with the circumstances, that people are facing far worse than what I’m going through, and oddly enough, I’m feeling pretty strong.
Taper hasn’t started yet, though. Taper can be problematic for me, and not because I hate cutting back on my running — no, I’m all for that! But injuries have often mysteriously popped up in my taper.
Two speedwork runs in one week — BOOM! The last time I did a tempo run was the end of August, right before my mom’s surgery and before life exploded!
I forgot to change my laps from half miles to miles again, but as this was a short run, it didn’t bother me that much. It was right before dinner and I had some stress to run off — I’m sure that helped.
It’s rare that I run more than 2 days back to back, but with travel, it happened this week. The beautiful fall weather is making it a lot easier to get out there and run (just not a zero dark thirty).
A pretty steady easy run, and I noted that my left IT is just very slightly irritated.
I was faced with a choice today: run the last run with my group, despite the fact I’ve barely run with them and knowing that most of my closest friends wouldn’t be there anyway — plus it started at almost zero dark thirty. Also knowing I’d be on my own.
Or meet up with Darlene later in the day. Who didn’t want to run as many miles as me, although in the end she ran more miles than me after earning yet another AG award in a race.
It should be pretty obvious that I chose the group. I thought I’d get my tee, but nope, the head coaches weren’t there. But I had a haircut later in the day and other stuff I really needed to do, so even though I haven’t seen Darlene in over a month, I just wanted to be done early. I also slapped some tape on the IT band as a precaution.
It was a great day to run! Downright chilly at 50 with a slight wind at 7 am and I wore a jacket for the first time since the spring — and did not regret that choice, either. I ran by feel, only occasionally catching glimpses of my pace, ending with nice negative splits — except for one rogue mile — there’s always one rogue mile, it seems.
Since I was on my own anyway, I enjoyed running through the park, rather than around it, as the planned route dictated. Hey, I can be a rebel sometimes. And almost bandited the same 5k I seem to end up either banditing or almost banditing every year!
I am always amazed at how difficult 8 miles seems at the beginning of a training cycle, and how easy it seems at the end (if you’re injury free, of course). I kind of wanted to do 9, but I also didn’t want to hold up the substitute coach forever. I figured one mile won’t make the difference.
I have aimed to take it easier the last couple of weeks before my taper. Not easy, but easier. I think I’ve had a tendency to push too hard in training, resulting in great training and bad races. Not always, but enough to know now is the time I need to ease up. Just a little.
Favorites of the week
The great Fall weather. You gotta love that! The trees are changing and the leaves are falling — we’ll be knee deep in them when we get back later this month.
I ran 3 days in a row and I still feel strong. This week is going to be busy and figuring when to run is going to be tricky
The healthy banana bread bread chocolate chips oat bars from Ambitions Kitchen (you’ll find it on my new Oatmeal Bars board on Pinterest). I whipped them up quickly after my run — I didn’t use oat flour, just quick oats, and it worked fine. I am still baking my way through Monique’s site.
Lots of sushi this week.
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Are leaves changing where you live?
Have you noticed just how early sunset is?
Are you enjoying all things pumpkin (I haven’t started . . . yet)?