If you’re hungry, if you’re trying to drop a few pounds (like I am, actually), you might want to skip over the favorites this week. You’ve been warned: it’s drool worthy!
Hey, any of the bloggers going to Utah Valley Marathon think a private Facebook group might be helpful? Just throwing it out there. Might be easier to coordinate meetups.
- Monday: Dogwalk, 7 x 400 downhill repeats — 6 miles total
- Tuesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk, Pilates Perfect Body Arms, DM Chest, Back & Legs
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, Core, Swim
- Thursday: Dogwalk, Treadmill Tempo
- Friday: Dogwalk, Pilates Rapid Results Arms & Legs
- Saturday: 12 mile LSD
- Sunday: Dogwalk
Mileage: 28 (+7)
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Mother’s Day was a long, exhausting day, but somehow I felt up to tackling my downhill repeats again. Only this time they were both downhill and uphill — this time instead of running downhill and walking up, I did my normal run/walk intervals.
Sort of. There might have been a bit more walking uphill, as it’s a very steep incline in parts.
The reward was that my hamstring was okay, although I felt just a very slight tightness in my other hamstring. But nothing to write home about. I could feel it in my quads, too, but again, nothing that worried me.
I walked an additional half mile when I discovered a trail that led to a picnic bench on my cooldown (had to go back to the car to grab my lunch, and put on a sweatsirt and jacket since it was very windy). So I ate my lunch looking at the water. Not sure how much longer I’ll be able to do that, as it gets really buggy there in the summer. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even if it meant running later than I normally would.
I headed out with Bandit and the hands free leash, with him wearing a regular harness (as opposed to his normal no-pull harness) — that worked, I didn’t have to stop to get the leash out from under his leg once. Stopping to pee, well, that’s a different story.
Dropped him off after about a mile & a quarter and finished up. No hamstring problems. No problems at all. And just the most picture perfect spring day. I needed that — the weather has been so miserable, for the most part, for weeks!
I could have run this the previous day, outside, when it wasn’t too bad. But I felt I needed that extra day of rest. And at 90+ degrees, I felt no need to torture myself: a treadmill tempo it was.
I haven’t done any speedwork since before NOLA (which would be almost 2 months ago). I upped my pace just a smidge. And it was hard. I got to mile 4.75 — just a quarter mile from being able to drop my pace for the cool down — and I hit the wall. I just had to get off and walk around a bit.
Not quite sure what that was about, but after a little walking around, I got back on the treadmill and finished up the run.
Saturday was beautiful. Well, actually, it was quite chilly and windy early in the morning. I stopped in for the first meetup of the USAFit Albany group (and won the gym bag below), then headed on over to a path by the river to run 12 miles.
I was so chilled at the start of my run; I kept on my heavier jacket, a decision that was fine about the first 4 miles and then I regretted the rest of the run. But long runs are practicing, and I know now (I hope) that if it’s a similar temp in UT, I should go with the wind breaker — or just short sleeves.
There was nothing remarkable about the run. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good, my pace was all over the place and I had one rogue very slow mile for no reason. Which is why in a race I mind my watch more — if I just run by feel, my body wants to run slowly — and I’m capable of more.
I knew I’d run 12 miles, to be sure, but nothing really felt off. I ended up skipping my foam rolling simply because I’d left it until before bed, and by that point it was a case of get a decent night’s sleep (not so much, Bandit decided he needed to go out at 3 am) or foam roll; I chose the rest.
I am happy to say that today everything feels pretty good. A slightly achy hip but for me that’s not unusual.
Favorites of the week
Lunch al fresco with a friend. I haven’t been able to get together with friends much at all this past year. After a couple of days of summer-like heat, and intense thunderstorm the night before, it was just the perfect day to enjoy a nice meal outside. It didn’t hurt that I’d run a hard 6 miles the day before and had 12 miles on the schedule the next day.
One of the ways I try to keep my weight in check is to leave a little bit over. My friend and I each had one of the ice cream sandwiches above — I didn’t finish mine.
Then we went out to dinner to a new-to-us restaurant after my long run on Saturday. Another meal enjoyed outside, although actually it was chilly, especially as my hair was still wet. A salmon burger to help recovery and then this peanut butter mudslide pie was shared (which we were surprised to find out was an ice cream pie) just cause (as in cause it was delicious).
I swam for the first time in many months, and was very happy to see the steam room and sauna had been fixed (which you might have seen if you follow me on Instagram).
There were quite a few good home baked eats this week, too, although I didn’t get a lot of photos yet. Sweet potato black bean burgers that were delicious from Runner’s World Meals on the Run (Amazon Affiliate link) and I made the Berry Crumble from Run Fast Eat Slow (Amazon Affiliate link) today.
I also got almost caught up with Grey’s Anatomy (still have the season finale to view); still have a few Scandal episodes to get to as well. No spoiler alerts, please!
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Best eats you’ve made/had lately?
Has your weather been schizoid like ours?
Anything to brag about this week?