This week was still long, still tiring, but minus the snow shoveling, not nearly as bad as the previous week. And I had a nice birthday (more on that in my weekly favorites).
The best part? I slept a whole lot better than I have in a long, long time. And I really needed that.
- Monday: Pahla B ST, Pilates Trim & Tone Total Body & Stretch, Shoveling
- Tuesday: DM Flow, YTU Feet & Ankles, 4 miles easy (including 8 x 20 strides)
- Wednesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk,
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 5 TM Miles (3 @ tempo)
- Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B ST, JY Hip & foot reset
- Saturday: JY Calf reset, Pahla B Abs
- Sunday: 9 Mile LSD, JY Post Run Recovery
Mileage: 22 (-2)
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It was my birthday and Mother Nature finally gave us a break — for a Northeast Winter’s day, it was a decent day: no ice, no snow, the sun peaking out . . . occasionally . . . not during my run, of course.
This was the first time in a really, really long time that I’ve run a mile without doing my run/walk intervals (that would be the strides portion — still intervals, but no walking involved).
I survived. Which is why I love having Rachel @ Runningonhappy to hand me my workouts. I’ve gone out on my own with the intention of not taking a walk break on an easy run, but I’ve just gotten so used to my run/walk. The other three miles were all done with run/walk intervals, but it’s nice to see I can still just run — if only for a little while!
Another decent winter day, with snow in the forecast (but not much). I slept a bit late, I and I had trouble motivating myself out the door early (did you catch my tips on that very subject here?) when I saw the snow wasn’t supposed to arrive until 2 pm (even though I know my app is wildly inaccurate when it comes to start times).
A solid negative split run. I wasn’t really aiming for that, but when I saw I was headed that way, yeah, I made an effort. I was hoping that the sidewalks would be clear enough to run a slightly different route, but alas, they still had too many icy patches for me to attempt them. I’m getting really bored with so few places to run!
Yes, I could have done this run outside. Only my neighborhood is hilly and my race isn’t. Not to mention the wicked winds making it feel colder than it really was.
And yes, I could have done it Friday, rather than run three days in a row (even though that was what was on the plan). Only I had appointments and errands at a time that made getting in a run logistically difficult.
I bumped up the pace on the tempo portion just a smidge, and the overall run was 30 seconds faster. Still felt really, really hard. But I did it. And didn’t bother with photos.
It was a nice day for a run. Not the 60s and 70s so many of you are enjoying, and still plenty of snow on the ground, but it’s been a long time since it’s been a sunny day where I didn’t feel I needed to hurry through my warmup because it was so frickin’ cold.
The park angel deserted me — the bridge connecting the park to the neighborhoods beyond, where I did most of my running, was still ice. But melting ice, so I just paused my Garmin while I walked on over. Most of the paths were snow/ice free, although I did “run” into some black ice initially.
The first few miles felt easy; of course that didn’t last, but I still almost did negative splits, except for the last mile.
I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process. — Oprah Winfrey
I’m trying, Oprah; I’m trying. Some days — some weeks! — it’s tough. But you gotta enjoy some warmer weather, especially when it comes with a dose of vitamin D!
Favorites of the week
Mmm, red velvet cake. Seriously, what’s not to love? I would have liked to see more chocolate ganache (maybe I should have asked for some?). And since it was Valentine’s Day (aka my birthday) and a prix fixe menu, I got the dessert all to myself. I did give Mr. Judy a taste.
The infrared wrap. I had a foot massage — think a sports foot massage, as in hurts so good — and I thought I’d booked the wrap followed by a massage. Only it turned out I’d just booked the wrap.
Even though she didn’t turn it up fully, by the end of 30 minutes I was sweating buckets and getting a little uncomfortable — only I felt so comfortable afterwards! It was amazing, and I can’t wait to try it with the massage afterwards. If you have any nagging aches, this really does help.
And all the flowers. I bought myself tulips, because normally Mr. Judy doesn’t buy me flowers for Valentine’s Day (aka my birthday) because of the price increase — except this year he decided to. Two vases of tulips, two dozen roses! Good thing those roses came with a vase since I’d already used up our larger vases for the tulips!
And this protein breakfast brownie. I will need to tinker with it more, so no recipe right now. But it was really good!
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Are you enjoying the process (whatever you’re working on)?
Do you feel a bit left out if it’s still snowy where you live?
Share dessert or keep it all for yourself?