Apparently skipping a run last week did me a world of good — my first instinct was to make it up later that week, but I decided not to, and it was definitely the right decision. This week I was able to get in all my runs, add strength training back in, and so far, knock on wood, I feel like I’m back on track.
Where I’m not back on track? Instagram. If you follow me (here) you may have noticed I completely fell off of Instagram. I just felt the need to do other stuff for a while. I’ll be back . . .
I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and today’s guest host to get down and dirty with a little potty talk. Nothing to do with running, but if you’re the squeamish type, you might want to skip anything after the first dog photo.
- Monday: Dogwalk, 6 miles (3 mile repeats at fast pace)
- Tuesday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Pahla B Abs & Obliques, Pilates
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Metcon, 25 minute swim
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
- Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Hips & Glutes, Pilates
- Saturday: 9 mile LSD
- Sunday: Dogwalk, food prep
Mileage: 21 (+ 5 — missed one run last week)
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Well lookee there, a Monday and I got out for a run. And not just any run, mile repeats. It was a lovely, cloudy, cool morning . . . and I simply couldn’t hit the paces. But I finished and I didn’t die so it’s all good, right?
Two nice days in a row! Yippee! When it’s cool in the morning I can run before walking the dogs. Unlike yesterday, my pace was just fine. Of course it was an easy run and not speed work.
I picked up Bandit for the last mile and even he ran at a pretty good pace; I just pause my Garmin for every pee break — which is basically every walk break!
See, I can run outside on a hot afternoon! Especially when there’s no threat of a thunderstorm. Well, actually you can’t see, I just wanted to get home to dinner and didn’t take a photo.
I decided to work on cadence during my running interval, rather than my walking interval. Lo and behold this was a speedy, easy run for me. Except I’ll admit it didn’t feel so easy. I’m blaming it on being right before dinner and in the mid 80s.
Although I don’t wish my running buddy ill, I was actually quite thrilled that she was feeling a bit under the weather. #sorrynotsorry. We both didn’t want to get up at stupid o’clock, which is what we would have had to do to run with our group. Not only that, I was able to also run a bit with my other running buddy, who is still really struggling with running and I hadn’t seen her in months.
Most of this run was solo, but it was actually a lovely morning to run. Don’t let that beautiful sun fool you — it quickly disappeared, but the cloud cover was welcome, and there was a nice breeze — enough to cool you off but not make you feel as though you were battling the wind.
I wore my hydration vest for the first time (for running) since my last half (read about that here) and that was a great decision — I completely drained the 30 ounces. So note to self: at least 35 ounces for a 9 mile run when it’s warmer.
Favorites of the week
Our little group within a group has started a habit of going out to breakfast after our long runs. Sometimes I need to get home and can’t go; sometimes I just bring my own snack and have some tea; but since we started later yesterday I did eat breakfast. When we run earlier, it’s just too early for me to eat a meal; I get too hungry between meals because I eat so early, and end up over snacking. But everything is better with friends. There are only five more group runs before our half!
Nano Towels: I bought them on Amazon here (Amazon Affiliate link) after reading about them somewhere (a blog? magazine?). You use them to clean stuff with just water. I find that they work quite well, and yes, better than a regular microfiber cloth. I’ll clean counters maybe once a week with some cleaner, and the rest of the week (unless something yucky or germy is spilled), I’ll just wipe down the counters with these. Just thought I’d share. Always looking for environmentally friendly products.
Mini Bandit update: for the longest time — like, a year — Bandit refused to jump up into a car. Any car. My car is quite low to the ground; Mr. Judy’s isn’t, but it didn’t make a difference, we had to pick him up and put him in. Lola can jump and she’s half his size!
And then one day . . . he did. And although he’s a bit hesitant about it, he’s continued to do it.
In other news, since he isn’t super hungry when it’s warmer, I decided to try some freeze dried raw samples I had. Pretty much all my furkids have eaten raw at some point in their lives. Some days he inhales it and some days he needs some treats on it to get him going (Lola, by the way, loves it).
But something magical happened: he began to have almost normal poops. The poop department has not been good from the day we got him. It’s improved, but this is the best it’s been since we’ve had him (although still not as good as Lola’s). It’s very exciting. Seriously, all I’ve wanted for the longest time was just to be able to pick up his poop easily. Sorry if you’re grossed out by the poop talk, but have you ever noticed that having a dog can be like having a baby that way? Mr. Judy and I are always discussing that. Or maybe it’s just us.
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Do you have a favorite environmentally friendly product to recommend?
Seriously, how do you go to bed at 10 or 11 and get up for a 5 am run (I need more sleep than that!)?
Do you feel in need of a little eating reset? I’m working through one presently and I’ll share results when I’m done.