I had company for almost every run this week, although there was a lot of confusion — mostly on my part. Did you see my runfessions about senior moments? You can read it here.
For the first time I “raced” the day after my long run (and I use that term very loosely).
- Monday: Dogwalk, 4 easy miles on the trails, PB Hips & Glutes
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, 6 miles tempo run, Pilates
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, Pahla Cardio, Agility & Balance
- Thursday: Dogwalk, Pilates, 4 miles easy
- Friday: Dogwalk, Rest Day!!!!
- Saturday: 9 mile LSD, Dogwalk, PB Abs
- Sunday: 5k Trail Race + .9 mile warmup
Mileage: 23 (NC )
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I met up with my friend at the park for a little catching up since we didn’t get together last week. Other than catching up, nothing super memorable about this run.
Darlene @ myfirst5kandmore and I were able to run together for the first time in a long time . . . sort of. If only I hadn’t had a senior moment with where to meet. I blame the long day sunday and a couple of early, busy mornings.
Darlene always helps me get in a good tempo run (it’s an easy run for her). It was one of the hottest, most humid days of the summer, and I have to admit that I was afraid of the late start . . . but it wasn’t as bad as I feared. I almost hit my paces . . . one mile I didn’t because it was uphill, but I’m still pleased — did I mention it was hot and humid?
I was kind of toast the rest of the day. Oh, I did stuff, but Darlene went on to attend a funeral (unfortuantely), play tennis, and go out to dinner. Don’t know how she does it.
Another speedy easy run before dinner. Apparently running for my dinner makes me faster.
Can I dial up this weather for my next half, pretty please? After the sweatfest on Tuesday (not to mention the last humid long run) today’s weather was just perfect. This was the best long run I’ve had in a long time.
And that whole painted rock craze? I finally spotted one! More than one, actually.
What wasn’t perfect? The chafing afterward. Seriously? I actually think it may have been due to fluid retention and changing into a different skirt to walk the dogs afterward — I didn’t feel as though there was any chafing when I was done with my run.
Best running tip ever: if you do chafe, use your anti chafing cream on the area before your shower. It really does work like a charm — at least with mine. No pain at all.
Yup, I got my second trail race done today; a 5k. Although it could hardly be called a race on my part — I was really just out there for a recovery run.
It was truly a glorious day for a trail race — low humidity and not too hot. And I wasn’t even last, although definitely pretty close. There was one mile that was super rocky with lots of big roots, too, so I walked way more on that mile.
I’ll write a more detailed recap later.
Favorites of the week
It was nice to be able to run with Darlene once, even if the weather that day was pretty bad. And to have company for a couple of other runs, too!
I finally volunteered at a race for the first time: after my 5k today, I volunteered at an aid station for several hours. It was interesting and so different from a road race.
And you know how us runners are always saying we want better swag? All the runners get socks for this race (Thatcher Park Trail Running Festival)! I’d much rather have socks than a shirt.
There may have been a little ice cream celebration afterwards. Let’s just say it wasn’t a healthy eating day, as I munched on the goodies at the aid station. If I ever do it again, I must bake something so it’s not all store bought stuff! This was a last minute decision.
But somehow between the 5k and walking back and forth in the park and my warmup mile, I clocked about 8 miles overall today. After yesterday’s 9 mile long run. Thank you, weather Gods, for finally blessing us!
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Do you have a spirit animal? What is it?
What’s your best running tip?
Wouldn’t you rather have socks than a race tee?