Well, it was, anyway. The mercury just kept going up and up and up this week — right until today. Today it’s cool and raining. A perfect rest day with a little retail therapy thrown in there.
- Monday: Dogwalk, 2 miles easy + 3 miles with FTC Training Group, PB 10 minute core
- Tuesday: Dogwalk
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, Speedwork (10 x 400m repeats) — total of 6 miles, PB Stability Ball Tabata (25 minutes)
- Thursday: Dogwalk
- Friday: 3 miles easy + 2 miles fast finish, Pilates Abs & Stretch
- Saturday: 3 miles easy with FTC Training Group, Dogwalk, Iron Strength Abbreviated
- Sunday: Dogwalk, Retail Therapy (hey, about 4000 steps walking around that mall!), Maybe some yoga later . . .
Mileage: 18 (-1)
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This week I did manage to meet up with Running Buddy J for extra miles before the training group. It was the last official Monday for the group — the race isn’t until next Saturday, but there’s no “official” group next Monday since it’s Memorial Day.
I had a choice: run in the cold rain yesterday, or run in much warmer temps and some humidity this morning. My choice was obvious.
While I wouldn’t say I nailed this speedwork, I’m really happy with it — I managed to hit my pace in half the intervals. I’m not sure why it was easier this week since it was a lot warmer, but thankfully the shade held for most of my run.
Mr. Judy took Friday & Monday off, which meant I could
askbeg him to walk the dogs so that I could get out for my run a little early. Because it was going to warm up quickly. I still fed the furkids, so I didn’t get out there until almost 8:30, but it saved me some time and the path was blessedly still shady by the time I got there.
The first three miles were supposed to be easy, and they were, but I kept trying to slow down. I probably still ran them a little faster than I should have considering that I was supposed to pick up the pace the last two miles — but I nailed it even so (even Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy said so)! Overall this actually came close to my 5 mile tempo run a week or so ago.
I can’t say enough good things about the Cool It Skirt from Skirt Sports (Skirt Sports Amabassador). The Lotta Breeze Skirt was really comfortable too, but the Cool It Skirt is so light and I can carry enough water with me for about a 5-6 mile run with the extra pockets. Use code 522CRJ for 15% off of non sale items.
Our last training group run on a Saturday — the race is next Saturday! Unfortunately there was far too much talking before we got started. It was hot & humid. It’s a holiday weekend and some people had places they needed to be.
I ended up running near the BOTP with a woman who was really struggling this week. She told me her story, and this woman is more than a survivor, she’s a thriver! She was really beating herself up because she was struggling, and I could see she really wanted to just shorten the run. Although we walked a lot, I managed to distract her enough to complete the whole run. I knew she could do it — she’s already beaten so much (and shes 15 years younger than me!). I hope that she felt better about herself after sticking it out.
Favorites of the week
Mr.Judy took Friday and Monday off, so we actually went out to eat Friday evening. It’s a very nice restaurant with outdoor seating, and it was plenty warm enough to eat outside. Doesn’t everything taste better outside? Despite the fact that the restaurant is in a strip mall, they have a lot of greenery around the outdoor patio and it was really pleasant.
Today, unfortunately, is pretty much a wash out. Not like in FL, but rain most of the day. I didn’t want to sit at home, I wasn’t motivated to do the things that need to be done at home (broken record here), so retail therapy it was. I got some cute things at good prices — although these Toms were not on sale but hey, they’re cute, they’re comfy, and they donate a pair of shoes to a kid in need. So I did a good thing, right?
We are going to try these ribs in the Instant Pot tonight. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve made ribs. We’d read that you need to remove the membrame. Well, after about 20 minutes of us both struggling with it, we decided it must have already been removed. I got them at Trader Joes, by the way. So if anyone knows if Trader Joes already removes the membrame . . . . well, I’ll let you know how they turn out.
I hope everyone who is celebrating has a safe, happy Memorial Day. Hugs to all the wives/husbands whose significant other is deployed. Remember to give thanks tomorrow — I’ll be thanking my Dad for his service; he’s a WWII vet.
Blog posts that caught my eye this week:
- Strengthen Weak Hips
- Yoga and Injury Prevention
- 6 Running Bloggers Share Their Must Have Gear
- 10 Ways to Cause a Running Injury
Let’s get the conversation started:
Do you enjoy eating outside?
Do you have any veterans in your family?
What’s on the menu tomorrow (we’ll be with my parents for a picnic)?