February has started out relatively mild so far, and by mild, I mean we’re not buried in many inches of snow. That doesn’t mean it’s been all sunshine and rainbows, no siree bob. It’s been gray, windy, and cold for the most part . . . except for the occasional glimpses of sun and the odd warm day.
I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin : give Tricia some love since she’s running RnR NOLA today. Of course Holly deserves love too. We all do — don’t forget to check out your fellow bloggers and see what they’re up to!
- Monday: Dogwalk, 3.75 miles easy, YFPR Hips
- Tuesday: Driving the parents around, mostly in the snow, total “rest” day
- Wednesday: Flat Belly Yoga, Pahla B ST, Shoveling — yup, again!
- Thursday: YFPR Hips, Dogwalk, 5 TM miles (3 @ tempo)
- Friday: DM Flow, Pilates Perfect Body Buns & Thighs, 4 easy miles
- Saturday: YFPR Hips
- Sunday: YFR Hips, 8 mile LSD, Dogwalk
Mileage: 20.75 (+.38)
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Had to get my run on because there would be no time on Tuesday. Forget not journaling, I didn’t even write it up here — and I don’t even remember what the heck I did! Looking at my phone I ran at the park. And I have pretty much zero memory of the run.
It wasn’t a bad day to run outside, but the sun kept going in & out, it’s faster to do it on the treadmill, I’m tired of cold runs, there was a far amount of black ice around in the morning, and I don’t have to lock up Bandit if I run on the treadmill. Plus it was a tempo run, so easier to pace myself on the treadmill.
Which doesn’t mean it was easy
I swear I was running it thinking “please Rachel don’t do this to me again next week”, but the actual point is that I was running it . . . even at the pace prescribed. And spoiler alert: next week’s “speedy” run is a little slower.
Damn, it was cold! I knew I’d go outside for my run today.The sun continues to play peek-a-boo. Bandit seemed eager to run again, as it’s been a couple of weeks (last week he made it clear he didn’t want to). And we ran at a decent pace for us — he seemed as eager as me to have it over with (even though he was also clearly enjoying it).
It’s always a little hard to drop him off, give him a few treats, then have to go out into frigid temps all sweaty.
The park angel is still clearing paths for me. I went to the park — I didn’t take any photos afterwards, the photo above is from a dog walk a few weeks ago — it was just too cold to walk around once I was done.
It was gray, cold, and windy. Lovely. The first mile was really brutal, but then I managed to find areas that were mostly protected from the wind. Mile 2 was notable for just seeming to go by very quickly.
Other than mile 2, and running into my old Coach from USAFit in the first mile (never to be seen again — where’d they go?), this run was unremarkable. Not bad, not great — in general it felt relatively comfortable, although occasionally I’d glance at my Garmin and find my pace had dropped way off, which I was unaware of.
It was my slowest long run in a while because it was also my first solo run in a while. I think I’ll be doing lots of solo runs after next weekend. Next weekend is the last winter series but I still have 5 long runs to go after it!
Favorites of the week
My long day on Tuesday getting my Dad to the doctor wasn’t as bad as I feared. Super tiring, yes. Could have done without the snow, sure. But I’ll do it again in the future to give my sister a break.
Otherwise not a #holotta stuff going on. Kind of literally. I didn’t get my 2 sessions of strength training in this week, but I got one in, worked my core, did some yoga, did some Pilates. Sometimes you just do what you can do — you don’t want to overtrain (I touched on that in Wednesday’s post, which you can read here).
I also started to bring my journal up to date — at the very least, I have a lot of the data on my Garmin Connect app, so I’m filling in the month of January as best I can — writing my report card post (you can read it here) got me to get started on it.
It also got me to get my haircut, as I posted on Instagram (and like I said, it only looks like that a couple of minutes), I’m going to the chiropractor tomorrow, and all I have left to book is a massage.
Blogging is very good for accountability.
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Do you feel stuck in the winter doldrums?
If you do feel stuck — how do you unstick yourself?
What was the last thing you did for fun?