Nothing super eventful about this week. Three of my four runs were actually outside — despite getting dumped on with snow earlier in the week. I ran once with Darlene, who had MLK Day off, which hasn’t happened in a while. And met up with the remnants of the Wineglass girls for a group run for the first time this year. Feeling better so life is good.
- Monday: 4 miles easy with Darlene (actually almost my easy pace for a change)
- Tuesday: Ballet Beautiful
- Wednesday: 3 treadmill miles (cause MN decided to dump 6+ inches of snow on us, not the forecast 1-4 — then some shoveling of said snow).
- Thursday: Still trying to get ice off the driveway, otherwise nothing . . . no reason other than a busy day
- Friday: JY 5 Minute Reset Hamstrings, calves & feet, 3 miles easy, Ballet Beautiful
- Saturday: 6 mile LSD
- Sunday: Dogwalk. First one in a week! Thank you January thaw.
Mileage: 16 (+2)
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It’s been a long time since I ran with Darlene @ Myfirst5k, but since others were running in the morning and I couldn’t and she wanted to sleep in, we met up for an “easy” run for me, a recovery run for her in the afternoon. Although still not warm, there was bright sunshine and little wind so it felt fine. And I recovered with some hot chocolate, one of my favorite ways to recover.
I thought I would have some major DOMs from the Ballet Beautiful DVD yesterday. Maybe it’s waiting for me. Maybe the 100 fire hydrants from the Feel Great in 8 challenge will knock them out. Anyway, I knocked out 3 easy miles on the treadmill while the outside was being turned into a Norman Rockwell photo.
The temps are slowly rising (although there is still ice on the driveway despite hacking at it almost daily — should be gone soon with forecast highs in the 40s this weekend). It wasn’t in the 40s when I ran this morning, although it was in the 20s so not too bad. I wore my trail shoes just in case of icy patches, but everything seemed fine (or the trail shoes did their job). And apparently totally forgot to take a photo.
Met up with the (smaller) group, and started early as I was the only slower run/walker there. Did one loop one way, the other loop the other way — I find that makes it much easier mentally. Which is not to say it makes it easy.
The last couple of runs have been n the speedier side for me — probably because it’s warmer, and I’m not bundled up like the kid from “A Christmas Story, not to mention that I do seem to be feeling normal again, too.
Favorites of the week
Gotta give a shout out to the Skirtsports Double Take Reversible jacket — I snagged it on sale, and sadly it is no longer on sale, but if it goes on sale again, get it! I still haven’t tried it much below high 20s – mid 30sF, but so far I’ve been perfectly comfortable in it. There are two hand pockets and a large back pocket (all zippered), when you’re wearing it on the gray side, with the furry side in.
Yesterday I wore it to run in, then after we had our post race snack, I just turned it inside out so the sweaty/furry side was facing out — which kept me a little warmer than just having it against me. The pockets are only on the gray side, by the way.
For many years I have used an Android and carried an Ipod Touch, which I would kid was my external hard drive. We don’t get unlimited anything and we don’t usually get expensive phones.
It was time for a new Ipod — I’d had this one for 5+ years, I think. They don’t last forever. When I told Mr. Judy I was thinking of getting a new one (refurbished), he asked how much it cost. Turns out it was roughly $100 less than getting an older iphone, and our Tracfone service now allows you to use an iphone with the service. And yes, it was a pain carrying two devices for years — mostly because the Ipod took much better photos.
So as an early birthday present, I got an iphone 6. Surprisingly the whole porting stuff over and getting activated went totally smoothly. What does’t seem to be going so smoothly? The whole battery life thing. My Android had much better battery life, but in fairness to it, I had far fewer apps on it (because you couldn’t really fit many on it, hence the Ipod).
So any battery conserving tricks and tips would be highly appreciated. Plus any case suggestions. I ordered a screen protector and slapped that baby on right away (remember my cracked screen before a trip last year, so not fun). But I wanted to be a bit choosier about the case, although I don’t want to wait too long and let it get too scratched up.
I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:
- 5 Best Foods for Sleep
- Foot Pain: A Runner’s Search for Answers
- Tips for Staying Fit and Happy Through Recovery
- Winter Fitness Challenges
Let’s get the conversation started:
Are things thawing (even if only temporarily) in your neck of the woods?
What’s your best Apple battery conserving trick?
Android or Apple and are you happy with it?