Seriously, apparently I can’t count. I wanted to move my long runs from Sunday to Saturday — my next half is a Saturday — and it never occurred to me that I’d have two long runs in one week — according to the calendar Rachel @ Runningonhappy uses, which runs Sunday through Saturday. Although since I report Monday through Sunday here, it’s all good. Sort of. This week had its ups and downs.
- Monday: JY High Mileage Reset
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, 8 x 400 downhill repeats — 6 miles total
- Wednesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk
- Thursday: Couple of dogwalks
- Friday: PIlates Perfect Body Arms, Legs, Couple of dogwalks
- Saturday: 11 mile LSD
- Sunday: Dogwalk
Mileage: 21 (+5)
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This was my first time running downhill hill repeats. I definitely like it better than uphill ones, but that doesn’t mean it was easy! I ran downhill then walked back up. And I felt just fine . . . until the last downhill, where I felt a slight twinge in my left hamstring.
It didn’t bother me on my cooldown, and my last mile was the fastest.
I tried to tape the bothersome hamstring — it wasn’t bothering me much, but it was there, ya know? Headed out and warmed up with Bandit for a couple of miles using the new hands free leash.
About the last half mile I started to feel something in the hamstring again, but did I stop? D’oh, of course not. Stupid.
I was supposed to do a tempo run on Thursday, but my hamstring was really aggravated so I chose to take a couple of rest days instead. I had also meant to get back into Iron Strength, in preparation for the net downhill in UT, but obviously that was out too.
So I headed out Saturday, not quite sure how far I’d go. I also headed out earlier than usual to try and beat the rain and was mostly successful. My hamstring didn’t bother me (and still seems fine), so I got the 11 on the schedule done.
It’s always such a balancing act when there’s just a slight niggle like that — every time it felt tired, I’d be asking myself whether that was a twinge? Did it feel a little tight? Should I turn around? In the end I think I was successful listening to my body, but it’s not always easy.
Favorites of the week
Well, I did it again. Another hydration pack. Seriously. I really wanted one with pockets and when I saw a good deal on one I snatched it up — it finally arrived Friday, just in time for the long run.
Made by Ultrainspire (and in UT, no less!), there’s an incredible attention to detail. The bladder actually opens at the top, making it easy to fill, and the hose disconnects completely.
There are multiple pockets on the vest in front — my hard sided case I put my cookies in fit perfectly in one. There’s too decent sized pockets up front, one zippered, one open, and then a couple of smaller ones.
The pocket in the back is the largest one of all of the hydration packs I own. The hose has a bite valve you pull open to drink from, and then just push shut to close it.
My only problem? One side was good, the other was falling off my shoulder. I assume it still just needs to be adjusted and will have Mr. Judy help me with it. I tried to adjust it at one point on the run (obviously, not on the run), but it didn’t help.
I also tried using some pie bites during my long run. They were a bit time consuming to make — you can only put a tiny bit of pie filling in each — and I ended up just kind of rolling the pie crust around that bit of filling like a biscuit.
I just used a few, but they take longer to eat, even though they’re quite small. Still, they were tasty and different and I found myself looking forward to them. I only chopped up one apple, but I had a huge amount of filling left over, so I baked it for a while and enjoyed that topped with some
greek yogurt and granolahalotop as a dessert after my long run.
Happy Mother’s Day to all celebrating! Ours was a very long day, leaving home at 9 am, coming back at 6 pm, a long drawn out lunch, dropping the dogs off, picking them up, taking back that cabinet from my parents . . . maybe I’ll have some photos for Thursday’s post. Right now I need a snack & to relax just a tiny bit!
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Fun stuff for Mother’s Day?
Ever forget to count a run?
Would you eat a pie bit on the run?