Welcome to my last relatively easy week. It’s time for the training to begin! My goal races may be months and months away, but I’m the type of runner who really needs to train properly — or it hurts. And I don’t think it’s fun if it hurts.
- Monday: Dogwalk, Volunteering with FTC, 4.75 miles easy
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, Yoga
- Wednesday: 3 treadmill miles, Dogwalk
- Thursday: YFPR Align & Alleviate, Dogwalk, PB
- Friday: 5 miles, Dogwalk, PB Core
- Saturday: Celebrating Mom’s 90th & Dad’s 92nd with the whole immediate family
- Sunday: Time with the family, Yoga, Walk
Mileage: 13 (-1.5)
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Today was picture perfect weather for running. I ran with the training group as a warmup, mentoring the women in the BOTP; last week’s runner did not come :(.
Then I did another 4.75 miles on my own afterward. No tape, and aside from a twinge here & there — you know, the kind where you think is this really a twinge? — I was okay. I cut it short at 4.75 figuring that between the warmup with the group and the following run I got in 5 miles. Still don’t want to push too hard but also wanted to take advantage of what most likely will be the nicest weather of this week!
It was a dark and stormy morning . . . well no, not really. What it was was gray, damp, and chilly. Even though it was supposed to warm up significantly by the afternoon, I needed to run in the morning. So I pounded out 3 miles on the treadmill.
I had a terribly restless night, tossing & turning & no idea why. The kind of day I’d usually push my run off to another day, but since we’d be away all weekend, it wasn’t possible. I just shortened up the run a bit — although this run felt good & I felt strong.
I was kind of looking forward to this workout: 3 miles easy, 2 miles fast. It’s been months since I pushed myself while running. It was unfortunately a gray chilly morning, but the rain stopped right before my run — winning.
The first three miles were indeed easy. The next one almost hit the right pace, but definitely wasn’t easy. I kind of wished it was just one mile fast. No reason not to do the workout though, so I buckled down and ended up with negative splits. And it’s been quite some time since I ran a mile at a pace below 12 minutes — let alone two! Mission accomplished.
Favorites of the week
On Friday’s run I decided to tackle some chores first, since it was cold and raining. By the time I headed out to run, though, I knew I needed something more than the rice cake + almond butter I’d planned. And then I remembered those protein cookies that have been stashed away for months . . . I gotta admit, I don’t usually eat something with that much sugar, but it sure hit the spot and I never got rungry (and had a protein bar post run, too).
No doubt by the time you read this we are either heading home from my parents or just got home. I’m sure it will be a hectic weekend. Trying to get together fifteen adults who live all over the country — even one coming in from India — and figuring out what to eat and wear — all on a holiday weekend, of course!
For those celebrating holidays, I hope you have a safe, happy holiday with loved ones.
I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:
Let’s get the conversation started:
Are you an all or nothing person — gotta do it all or you feel like you’ve blown it?
Are you a fair weather runner?
Favorite Easter candy?