You will probably notice that several of the links I share this week are not from our linkups, but that’s because I have racing at elevation on the brain. There are five long runs until I am tackling elevation again.
- Monday: Dogwalk, 6 miles (7 x 400m hill repeats), Pilates Glutes & Core
- Tuesday: TIU Yoga, Dogwalk, Yoga for Feet, Walk with Friends
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, 5 mile tempo run (3 miles @ tempo), Iron Strength Abbreviated
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
- Friday: Dogwalk, Baking is working out, right?
- Saturday: Dogwalk, 10 Mile LSD, PB Full Body Strength (30 minutes)
- Sunday: Spending father’s day with the parents
Mileage: 24 (+1)
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Back at my hill and doing downhill repeats again, to the tune of seven this week. Our beautiful running weather held, and even though it was warming up by the time I got out there, I had a good, strong run. And it was actually faster than last week.
I really do love running downhill (we won’t talk about going back uphill).
Will there ever be an accurate forecast? With potential thunderstorms in the forecast, I did my tempo run on the treadmill. It barely even rained. On the bright side, I kept a nice consistent pace but yes, this felt hard! Tempos are always hard, but even while I hate doing them on the treadmill, it does make it easier to run the right pace.
It was cloudy, cool, and windy. Not too cool for a skirt, though. I had two nice easy miles, then picked Bandit up for the cooldown. It was definitely cooler than the last time we ran, but I made sure to keep it slow for him.
Mr. Judy left even earlier than me on Saturday, leaving me on feeding & dogwalk duty. Gizmo has been a little off his feed lately, Bandit can always be a problem when I have to get out early. And while Lola never misses a meal, I need to walk her right before I leave if I am to have a hope of coming home to an accident-free house (she’s going on 13, after all). It’s a lot to juggle!
Since I couldn’t commit to a time I just ran on my own. I had more miles than anyone anyway — and that will continue for most of the summer. All the furkids mostly cooperated, but I still got out there later than I wanted — I started my 10 miles around 9 am. Thankfully the humidity was still low and the path is about 60% shaded.
I was having a great run, slower than last week but that was deliberate on my part — I went from 8 to 10 miles. Long runs are not about speed; they’re about time on your feet. Except . . . I needed a bathroom. And there are no bathrooms where I chose to run.
So here’s the TMI: despite my best efforts, I started leaking just a little the last couple of miles. I’ve never had that happen before. To say it was uncomfortable would be an understatement. But my skirt hid any evidence and hopefully it was so diluted no one ever knew (because I went into the bakery at the end of the run).
Oddly enough, the minute I finished my run I was fine. I’m planning to hit the same path next weekend, but I think Mr. Judy will be home to hold down the fort and hopefully I won’t have a recurrence!
Favorites of the week
The trailblazer bar from Leah’s Cakery (from my run yesterday). It probably has a gazillion calories but OMG it is so worth it. It helped me to recover from my long run. And oops! I ate it all before taking a photo of it.
I also tried a new on the run fuel from Rocket Fuel (Amazon Affiliate link) — coconut rice bars. Actually, I cut it into small pieces and rolled them into ball. I really liked them but I don’t think they’re going to travel that well. If I was just going out to the race, it would be fine. But we’re going to my MILs first and then several different cities.
My first double digit run in oh, eight months! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little anxious about it. Really, just a little. Running has been going well, and this run was no exception (except for the TMI portion of it). I chose not to tape my knees, and while there were a few twinges here and there, everything was fine. I know I will tape for the race — it comes down 3000 ft in 13.1 miles, y’all. That’s a lot on the old IT.
Blog posts that caught my eye this week:
- Be Open to the Evolution of You
- Preventing Altitude Sickness
- Sea Level to High Altitude
- 5 Lessons from a Disappointing Race
Let’s get the conversation started:
Ever had the leaking problem?
Are you training for something (what?) or into your off season?
Do you think it’s okay for someone to ride a horse by a bike path?