As in actually for girls, not the breasts! Speaking of girls, it was also Lola’s birthday this week. No, Chester & Lola are not related and although they are just months apart in age, we got them a year apart (both are rescue dogs).
It was a busy week of fitness, racing, decluttering, cleaning, and baking.
You don’t have to be a runner to join in & tell us how your week went! So how was my running last week?
- Monday: Yoga for Runners Hips, 5 mile easy run, Dogwalk
- Tuesday: Yogaworks AM Yoga, Dogwalk, Physique57 Trim & Tone
- Wednesday: 4 1/2 mile easy run w/1/2 mile strides (4, if you’re wondering), Yoga for Runners Foundation post run, Dogwalk
- Thursday: Dog walk, 4 miles? speedwork on treadmill
- Friday: Dogwalk, Physique 57 Butt & Thighs
- Saturday: Yoga for Pain Relief Align & Alleviate, Girls’ on the Run Inaugural 5k, Yoga for Runners Foundation, Dogwalk
- Sunday: Dogwalk, RFRL strength x 2, Yoga for Pain Relief Emotional
Mileage: 13.1 (-.9)
I don’t get run streaks. I just don’t. If you do, more power to you. But my body really likes its rest days. So I’m not going to just add a junk mile to streak — then again, I don’t have a problem motivating myself to run. Not completely true, lately it’s been kind of a struggle getting out there, but I always do.
Yoga, that’s a different thing. I totally get a yoga “practice”: how yoga every day can make you a better person/runner. So I’m on a quest to do a yoga streak until the end of the year
Some days it might just be 5 minutes; it will rarely be more than 30 minutes. I will not beat myself up if I miss a day, either, I’ll just pick right up with the next day. No all or nothing thinking here.
And not long after I wrote this, I did, indeed miss a day. But I picked it back up the next day.
Running has been a little bit of a struggle lately; I won’t lie. Not really the runs themselves, just carving out the time and motivating myself to get out the door.
My IT has been achy off and on, too, and just like I wrote last week, I know I need more targeted strength training. And yet I’m still not making the time for it. Yoga, check; cross training, check.
Every week my mileage total decreases, too. I’m not training for anything, of course, and I don’t want to burn out, but I also want to keep up my base.
I keep wondering how low can you go and still have a good year next year?
Chester seemed to be doing okay — right up until Saturday. It’s always Saturday. Read 5 Ways to Know It’s Time if you don’t know Chester’s story.
I left him at home when I took Lola for a walk on Sunday, and he didn’t seem upset with that. If he’s feeling well, usually he’d at least come down with us.
On a side note, Lola turned 10 Saturday. I made the oatmeal peanut butter coconut haystacks from Rachel Ray’s December magazine (sorry, I couldn’t find a link). They were a hit, but in our house, anything edible (and sometimes inedible) is a hit.
Running a race for a good cause (Girls on the Run) and meeting up with runner friends pre/post (and not only Darlene!).
Our pre-race meal at a local bistro. Salad, pumpkin risotto, and bread pudding. It fueled my race well.
And a beautiful sunset yesterday.
Do you decrease your weekly mileage in the fall/winter?