I started the week fairly determined to run outside every day. And my wish was granted. Be careful what you wish for eh? On Friday I started to feel tired in the afternoon, but I did a lot around the house. Saturday I woke up with a sore threat and mildly elevated resting heart rate. Today there’s no sore throat, but it’s clear to me I need some extra rest. Just when it seemed things were back to normal!
Well, if you’re going to feel unwell, it was a good weekend for it — super cold, super windy today, and there’s really no reason not to rest it out. It’s not too bad — I’m still eating. I lose my appetite if I’m really sick.
- Monday: 4 miles easy DM Bodyweight, Dogwalk
- Tuesday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, 30 pushups (full body — not all at once!)
- Thursday: Dogwalk, DM Legs & Abs, 3 miles easy
- Friday: YFR Hamstrings & Foundation, 2 mile treadmill walk (cold & super windy)
6 mile LSDScratchy throat so a #holotta nothing (just when you think you’re back to normal)
- Sunday: No sore throat, but still resting
Mileage: 12 (-5)
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Seriously one of the nicest runs I’ve done in a long while: the sunshine! the ice-free paths! Yeah, it was still in the 30s, but it felt pretty damn good. I took it nice and easy; between the visit with my parents and Bandit needing to go out a couple of times during the night, I was tired — up for a run, but nothing besides an easy run.
I was working on negative splits (without trying; I don’t watch my pace on easy runs) until the big slowdown the last mile. Oh well.
It was cold, there were snow showers and drumroll . . . I ran outside! Yes, I did! Thank you Mr. Judy for the screw shoes; they’re getting a workout. Wouldn’t you know I start my run and there are some younguns from some track team running around my neighborhood? They were doing strides or hill repeats on my road. Uphill. Where I do them downhill, LOL!
Despite Mr. Judy arriving home early because he was coughing up a lung (again!), I eventually made my way outside for an uneventful, gray, rather dreary run. Nothing memorable.
Favorites of the week
I went to a knitting/crochet group at the library. I was looking around for a group, specifically one I’d heard was good, but I couldn’t find their meeting times. Then I saw my local library was starting up a group; they had one in the afternoon and one in the evening.
And speaking of crocheting, my original plan for Saturday was to run later in the day, when it was only cold, not brutally cold. So I got out my massage seat and had it going while I crocheted . . . heaven. But then my throat was scratchy and I was tired so I stayed in my jammies most of the day anyway.
A big shout out to running buddy J who conquered a hot half in FL today!
Sunday I had a little spa day — I repeated the massage seat/crochet session, and I had a lovely epsom soak after my shower.
Sleep. Seriously. Bandit kept us up so much of last week . . . getting back to some normal sleep felt wonderful. Although maybe that’s why I’m not feeling good now? All that standing outside cold doors at 2 am?
While decluttering, I came across some of my old illustrated journals. And then I had the bright idea to use my planner the same way. I had some fun this weekend doing a little sketching. Since I have the photos from the week, it’s easy to go back and add some drawings to January, too (I started on that one of my Dad with the dogs from last weekend). The tea cup I just drew from my tea cup — maybe I should use that for my next ultimate coffee/tea meetup (February’s is here, if you missed it).
I made these chocolate chocolate chip pancakes from a recipe in a cookbook. I tweaked it a bit but they were tasty and really filling (coconut flour based). They need some more tweaking, though, so it’s just a tease.
I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:
- 7 Secrets to Running for Weight Loss
- Cookbooks for Winter Vegetables Inspiration
- Giving Back
- 5 New to Me Things I Like
- Winter Running Footwear
- A Sport That’s Fulfilling All on Its Own
- My First Marathon (had to give a shout out to my buddy Teresa @ Findingfabulousatfifty)
Let’s get the conversation started:
Do you do “spa” days at home?
Watching the big game tonight?
Do you keep a written journal/diary/planner?