I’m not sure if it was just things catching up with me, the travel, the stress, or all of the above, but I felt a little off for most of the week. Nothing serious, pretty sure I’m not really coming down with anything, just my body telling me it’s time to respect it a bit more and err on the side of caution.
With another half coming up in just five weeks, I felt like I really needed to jump back into fitness in a big way. My body had other ideas, but I still had a pretty solid week.
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- Monday: Dogwalk, 3.5 mile easy run with hill repeats x 4
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, 7 min bike WU, PurelyTraining#75 (weights)
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, AbacceleratorsWO1, Swim 20 minutes
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 3.5 mile treadmill tempo run
- Friday: 10 min bike WU, PurelyTrainin#22 (weights), AbaccleratorsWO2, Dogwalk
- Saturday: 8 mile LSD
- Sunday: Dogwalk, Recovery yoga
Mileage: 15 (+9)
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Just a short easy run. With a few short hill repeats added. Even though my next half is flat, hill repeats work as speed work, too.
The forecast was for snow turning to rain. Yeah, not so much. It started snowing around 10 am, by afternoon it was sleeting — and the snow even stuck around overnight (but thankfully melted — eventually — the next day). All told we actually got about 1″; maybe a bit more.
So I took to the treadmill for a tempo run. I even calculated my run/walk paces using this website. It actually felt somewhat easy, but, treadmill.
I did not get a runfie Saturday, mainly because it was an off and on cold rain. I did 2 miles on my own to begin with, in a very steady, fairly heavy at times, cold rain. Such fun. Not! It was in the 40s, so at least not sleeting or snowing, and I was thankful I was able to get a long run in.
Of course the previous day, while cold, was quite nice — but I couldn’t get someone in to let the dogs out, and I had plans to go out for brunch after the run. While Bandit could be left that long, it’s still hard for him (separation anxiety).
Today it’s also supposed to rain, but not until the afternoon supposedly. So today wouldn’t have been too bad for a long run, either. Sometimes you just have to suck it up buttercup.
After those first 2 miles I met up with a friend to complete the last 6 miles; I fully expected her to bail on me but she was a trooper and came and we had a nice run together — it still rained off and on, but it was mostly off.
As usual, those 6 miles with a friend were much faster than the first 2 miles on my own. It’s part of why I prefer running with a friend — it always makes it seem easier.
Favorites of the week
It’s been a mostly quiet week with not a whole lot going on. After everything that has been going on in my life the last few weeks I was very tired and feeling kind of meh. I had originally planned a recovery run for today but decided that I needed rest more. I’m getting much better at respecting my body — it was a good word for 2016 and now it’s time to start thinking about my 2017 word!
I went out for brunch with my running buddy after our run. I basically haven’t seen my friends in a couple of months so it was great catching up with her. And running with her.
I didn’t even get anything sweet — although I was definitely tempted to!
I did have a couple of cookies later on (healthy ones I’d baked). And I’m baking up a storm today — the breakfast/snack bar here was getting pretty bare! The no bake protein bars above are really good and pretty easy to put together (they’re on my protein bar board on Pinterest).
And that’s a wrap!
Let’s get the conversation started:
If there’s a blogger meetup at the NYCMarathon, I’d love to be there. I’m pretty sure I’ll be wandering around the expo for hours on Friday . . . lemme know!
Would you bail on a friend if the weather was nasty (but not dangerous)?
Favorite way to warm up after a cold run? I feel chilled for hours, usually!