No, I am not sick (knock on wood). But it was another nice, uneventful week and I continue to ease back into a more normal routine. A swim, some runs, a little strength training, a little Pilates, and even a hike.
Because I haven’t been doing much strength training and also working on reigning in my appetite since I’m not running as much, I’ve definitely been feeling rather fluffy. Time to start eating better (working on it) and get more active (working on that, too).
I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to share how I stay active (and whoever might be our guest host this week so our lovely hosts can get out there and enjoy their summer, too).
- Monday: Travel day with a detour overnight in Chicago
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, Core, 4 miles easy
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, Bridges, Swim
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
- Friday: Dogwalk, Pilates Arms, Thighs & Abs
- Saturday: 6 mile LSD, Dogwalk
- Sunday: Hike: Kipp Mountain
Mileage: 14 (+8)
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I kind of felt bad going to the park to run without Bandit — 4 miles, especially since we haven’t run in a while is too much — and it’s too warm to leave him in the car.
I have a 4 mile race in two weeks, so I threw in some tree farleks (run fast to the next tree, jog to the next, repeat until you run out of trees) in the first and third miles.
I decided to push my “easy” pace again. Even though it was high 70s and a bit muggy (nothing to you Southern runners, I know). And that worked just fine. Until mile 4. I just ran out of energy and willpower. It was nice negative splits up until then.
It also started to get buggy after a few miles. I think I can deal with the humidity better than the bugs! I’d brought along a snack to eat looking out over the river after the run and was afraid the bugs would chase me away, but oddly after I was done it wasn’t so bad.
I enjoyed an AB&J and cherries after the run. Then came home and devoured a banana covered in nut butter.
This was a great run, despite being poured on for the majority of the 6 miles. I think part of it was that I ran with a friend for a third of it (I was going a bit further so we parted at her halfway point). Part of it was actually being DFL within our small group, which allowed me to just explore on my own and get off the beaten path . . . literally . . . and onto some trails.
Favorites of the week
As I said, another quiet week. I needed that! But I did want to show that I still take my heels out every once in a while. Love the wedges above, but I have to walk slowly in them so that I don’t twist an ankle! We wouldn’t want that.
My newest yogurt bowl craze: mix greek yogurt with PB2 and crumbled protein balls (you can find many recipes on my protein ball board on Pinterest here). So, so good. So filling! I use a ratio of about 2 ounces of yogurt to 2 tbsp of PB2 — more yogurt, and you loose the peanut butter flavor. Of course you can also use real peanut butter, too.
After drooling over Darlene @ Myfirst5kandmore’s photos from her Chestertown challenge hikes last year, I decided we had to check it out today because the weather was just perfect for it — except for the slight change of rain, which luckily did not happen while we were out — we did Kipp Mountain.
It wasn’t easy to get Mr. Judy to agree, but he did and decided he would drive. Because the open moon roof works magic on Lola (she tends to have a meltdown in the car after about 45 minutes but she did great today). The dogs loved the hike, even though in parts it was quite steep and they had to scramble over several tree limbs across the path.
The hike itself wasn’t terribly scenic, but the payoff at the end sure was!
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Ever hiked with your little dogs?
How far would you drive for a short hike?
How is your training/running/exercise going?