Read the title anyway you wish: I’m thankful we got some sunshine and warm temps, or I’m sad that the sunshine (and warm temps) are gone just in time for my long run. Both are true!
Nothing super exciting about this week. Good runs, challenging runs, a run with Bandit. The snow finally melted, so that was very good. We’ll see how long it lasts, but for the next week or so, anyway, it looks like it’ll be rain, not snow.
- Monday: Dogwalk, Pahla B ST
- Tuesday: 6 miles (4 @ tempo), Dogwalk, JY Post run hip reset
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, JY Align Your Stride, 5 miles easy
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 4.5 miles (with 6 hill repeats)
- Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B ST, JY Hip & foot reset
- Saturday: DM Yoga Flow, JY Neck & calf reset
- Sunday: 10 Mile LSD, maybe some yoga before bed
Mileage: 25.5 (+3.5)
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Another gray, windy, chilly run. Thankfully the bike path was clear . . . for about 1.5 miles. Although some black ice almost took me out at the very beginning, but thankfully I stayed upright.
I’ve been doing all my tempos on the treadmill due to weather, and while today wasn’t the greatest weather, it wasn’t terrible. Except now there were 4 miles @ tempo, instead of 3. I almost got up to pace that first mile, nailed it the second, was a bit slower the third, and nailed it the fourth and final mile. Of course my warmup & cooldown miles more than made up for those paces (by being slow, that is).
Unfortunately I really misjudged my turnaround (considering I had to loop about 3 times) and then had a long walk back to the car, into the wind, and of course the car was where my post run snacks were waiting for me and I was so hungry.
Finally! A decent day! It was warm, and by warm, this time I mean low 50s. Still, I got to wear capris and a windbreaker. The sun even came out — for a little bit. This run was so much better than Tuesday’s (the fact that it was an easy run had nothing to do with that, oh no, not at all).
As soon as Bandit saw I was getting ready to run he made it clear he wanted to come to. It’s been weeks (he doesn’t like to run in cold, wet, slushy conditions, I’ve discovered). I took him with me for 2 miles — we even managed to stay at the right pace — then dropped him off and finished up my 3 miles.
I tried to take a selfie of us when I dropped him off but they came out too blurry to share.
Finally! Yes! It was 66F when I headed out for my run. Oh no, it was 66F when I headed out for my run . . .
Well, the temps did make it hard, I won’t lie, but I’m not complaining because it was only that warm for 2 days this week. I couldn’t meet up with Darlene later due to some obligations and the fact that I also had hill repeats on the plan.
I pretty sure I didn’t run them as fast as I was supposed to, but I gave it the old college try. I gave serious consideration to just calling it a day at 4 miles while I was running, but I decided to go with 6 repeats (the plan had 8) and that left me just 3/4 of a mile from the prescribed 4.5.
Bandit didn’t seem real interested when I left so I didn’t go back for him — my original plan was to go back and run my cooldown with him.
Although I missed my chance to see Darlene before her half, and it was cold and insanely windy — and spitting snow at times — my solo run at the park surprisingly didn’t suck, considering a little extra stress the night before and a tiring week.
In fact, the first half seemed relatively easy, although we know it never feels that easy the whole way. Even the second half wasn’t too bad, although I felt just a tiny bit of knee tightness around mile 8 so I eased up on the pace.
Normally I will tape for a double digit run, but this is the second one that I haven’t taped for. The knee is feeling just fine now. Most likely I will tape for next week’s 11 miler.
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
— John Ruskin
I’d could use a little less bracing & exhiliration in my life, thank you, John.
Favorites of the week
I took this massage seat home from my parents — it’s actually the same brand as my foot spa (which I’m still loving). I was surprised my sister didn’t want it, since she has back problems, but her loss is my gain. I look forward to many sessions with it — not that I’m giving up on actual massages, of course, but it’s nice to get a little massage more frequently!
The weather. Breaking temperature records three days in a row in February? Yes, please! Even if one of those days was yesterday, where I spent three hours in the car and the rest of the day working on my parents’ home. I did get the massage seat out of that, after all, and I managed to get home before the thunderstorms.
I can’t say for sure that my cookie/brownie fuel for my long run this week made the difference to my run — could’ve been the stromboli + garlic bread the night before (garlic cheese bread was involved with my PR back in December) — but it didn’t hurt. I put it in a hard sided container from Amphipod.
I think I need to rearrange my little weekly recap to run starting with Sunday — which is how Rachel @ Runningonhappy’s plan for me runs — right now it looks like I’m having big leaps and dips in mileage, but that’s not really the case. Although I suppose no one but me really reads that anyway!
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Have you ever tried fueling your runs with real food?
If you could choose a memento of your parents — what would it be?