You would think after several years of running it would be easy to decide on a running outfit, right? Wrong! Why is the running clothes decision always so damn hard?
- Monday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk, Iron Strength Abbreviated
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, 7 x 400m down/uphill repeats (6 miles total), Core
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, Core, Swim, Iron Strength Glute Blaster
- Thursday: Dogwalk, Treadmill Tempo 6 miles
- Friday: Just a short dogwalk on a cool rainy day
- Saturday: 12 mile LSD, Dogwalk
- Sunday: Dogwalk, Iron Strength Glute Blaster
Mileage: 28 (NC)
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The forecast was for a cold rain most of the day with a narrow window in the morning for dryness. I chose to switch my easy run to this day, since it was a shorter run. Of course the forecast was wrong and most of the day was dry.
I didn’t take Bandit with me because it had rained early in the morning and the roads were still wet. I thought that would make the run seem easier. Wrong!
My runs have just been kind of meh lately in the speed department. I’m not sure why.
I hadn’t done anything other than body weight training and Pilates for several weeks now, due to one thing or another, and I was pleased to see when I did Iron Strength Abbreviated later in the day that I didn’t feel as though I was struggling. Good thing it’s a short workout (but intense)!
It has been several weeks of runs that just felt meh and left me a bit worried if I bit off more than I could chew. But in general I actually feel okay (other than tired because of lack of sleep).
This run went so well though — finally! I felt strong pretty much the whole time. Regular run/walk intervals up & down, with no extra walking.
It was almost as though doing Iron Strength Abbreviated the day before, after several weeks of just Pilates & bodyweight exercises, flipped a switch (remains to be seen what happens with the tempo — always my hardest run — and this week’s long run). I was happy to see I could still do IS with seemingly no loss of fitness after several weeks.
Another lunch outside — totally random: baby carrots, one hard boiled egg, half a PB&J, one cookie & some dark chocolate.
Although it was dry when I started my tempo run, the cold rain wasn’t far off. Plus it saves me time to run on the mill. Not to mention it’s easier for me to hit the right pace (which doesn’t at all mean I think tempos are easy).
I got through it this week with no need to stop and walk around. Unfortunately, as I posted on Instagram, when I stopped it, there was a boom! And the next thing I knew smoke was coming out.
Keep in mind my treadmill is ancient and Mr. Judy already resuscitated it once. I’m not sure there’s any coming back from this one. And that really sucks with all the rain in the forecast for next week.
Actually, Mr. Judy determined it was the same part that blew 2 years ago and ordered another part. But I’ll still probably be out in the rain next week.
Finally, a lovely day to run! I may be dodging raindrops for much of next week so I’m super glad today was a nice day. I skipped the group but still got out relatively early. Mr. Judy and I were tag teaming with the dogs since we both had stuff going on.
I liked my Supergirl tank from SkirtSports so much I decided to try it out on this long run. With my hydration pack. And some arm sleeves. I won’t know what the weather for my race will be before we leave, since we’re actually taking some vacation beforehand. I can make a pretty good guess though — probably similar to today, but less humid (it’s desert, after all).
I began rolling the arm sleeves down after maybe half a mile. By the first mile I think I’d taken one off completely (thank you, Supergirl pockets) and had the other one rolled down to my wrist to use to wipe the sweat off.
I watched my Garmin a bit more . . . I’ve been running by feel for almost all my long runs for the last couple of months and they’ve been slow (even since I started back on the roads). I began to worry that carrying all that water on my back might be slowing me down.
I didn’t run staring at my watch, but I would glance at it from time to time to keep myself on track. I was rewarding with a decent time for 12 miles. Unfortunately I was also rewarded with just a wee bit of chafing.
Was the chafing caused by the top? The hydration pack? Do I stick with a tank or go with a tee? Decisions, decisions. Oh, and after washing the top, I can see the straps chafed it. Dammit!
Favorites of the week
No drool worthy desserts this week, but I did refuel with my fav: sushi, of course! I finally got a good photo of the peanut avocado roll I love so much. It’s so, so good.
I so didn’t want to do any strength training today. We’re having a quiet weekend, no parties, just the usual, really, and I’ve started to pack. At least I feel I made some good progress today. Anyway, I
bribedrewarded myself for doing strength training with a yogurt bowl. I’ll be talking about these in some upcoming posts.
Finally, a sincere thank you for all of you — and your families — that serve so that we may enjoy our many freedoms. Your sacrifices are appreciated; never doubt it.
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Anything fun planned for tomorrow (if you’re in the States — even if you’re not!)?
Do you bribe yourself with food to get yourself to exercise sometimes?
Do you struggle with what to wear on a run — always?